Mobile games that are ported to PC tend to fare poorly.
What passes for good or even great on the iOS and Android platforms will often be seen as mediocre or worse, simply due to the nature of higher standards on the PC platform.
While Jet Car Stunts doesn’t fully escape this trend, it manages to be an entertaining bit of distraction for the fans of the genre.
Platforms: PC (also available on iOS with different price)
Multiplayer: Leaderboards and ghost data.
Demo Availability: N/A
Jet Car Stunts differentiates itself from the typical racing game through the use of jets installed on the vehicle.
While it’s not possible to fly indefinitely, the player is given great freedom in steering the car in midair, thanks to the jet propulsion and the air breaks.
The physics felt a bit wonky at first but the more I got used to it, the more I felt in control and I came away impressed by the level of control I had over the car.
The tracks themselves were anything but standard, as I found myself soaring through the skies and jumping from one platform to another on the way to the finish line.
There’s great creativity in the track designs, and I enjoyed looking for shortcuts that rewarded clever maneuvering with a faster time.
While there isn’t a multiplayer mode to speak of, the leader boards were being updated constantly and with random ghost data to race against, I never felt like it was necessary.
Given that this is a mobile game at its heart, it’s not the best looking game even on the highest settings.
It was also lacking in the selection of music that would play during the tracks, and many of the sound effects felt muffled and without impact.
The game also requires many resets to get a decent time in the harder stages, with blind corners and leaps of faith that give no indication of what’s to come, and the only way to learn was to fail over and over again.
It’s fine if I’m punished for something because I wasn’t skillful enough, but cheap obstacles can really ruin the enjoyment level of a challenge based title.
At five times the cost of its iOS counterpart, it’s a bit of a hard pill to swallow, but if the idea of tackling tough courses with a car that can drift and fly sounds like fun to you, it just might be worthwhile.
Fun Tidbit: It is strongly advised to use a controller instead of the keyboard to play this title.
Review copy of game provided by publisher.