Riding high, crashing low.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a car? Platforming games are fun. Racing games are fun. Someone out there figured that they should meld the two together which leads us to the release of Jet Car Stunts. A wacky premise for sure, but is it a solid one?
Platforms: XB1, 360, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita
Price I’d pay: $0.50
Multiplayer: Ghosts and leader boards
Upon first booting the title up, you privy to a very basic menu screen when you select your mode of play. Folks will immediately notice the visuals. They are very basic and just comprised of mostly a skybox, various shapes of blocks and tracks, and of course your car. The idea behind the three modes are fairly basic. You have an assortment of various tracks, that you must either race to the finish, collect items, or complete successfully.
The most interesting mechanic that comes into play is with the physics. You race your car, boosting, and a lot of times go soaring through the air. You can deploy the breaks that open these wings that allow you to steer or guide your car back into the right path. Its makes sense but in execution can come off more floaty than expected and be the root of players frustration. Countless crashes and restarts are awaiting those that can handle the frustration with their patience.
Aside from completing these various modes the game does indeed offer some ghost players that you can attempt to beat their scores. This was by far the best thing for me personally in the entire package. The competitive spark comes out, but ultimately I found myself saying “Why am I still playing this?” which is never a good sign.
Jet Car Stunts reeks of being a cell phone game. A title that can keep you occupied at the push of an icon when you’re sitting waiting for car or Dr. Appointment. We can probably all attest to moments like that in life when were actually thankful to find something to occupy the wait. Actually taking the time to boot this game up on for a console connected to you TV when you’re at home during your leisure hours just seem like a waste.
Review copy of game provided by publisher.