Title: Jettomero: Hero of the Universe
Platform: PC (reviewed), Xbox One
Developer: Ghost Time Games
Publisher: Ghost Time Games
Release date: 18th September 2017
Tl;Dr: An absolutely stunning game that could have been so much more.
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When I think of a Kaiju, I think of a hulking, destructive force that cares not for the puny humans it crushes. Conventional weapons serve only to make it more angry as it tears down building after building. All is lost in its never ending destructive wake. What I do not think of is a cute red robot that only wants to be friends with the “little people,” and is constantly apologising for its murderous rampage. Well, that’s what I got with Jettomero: Hero of the Universe.
Meet Jettomero, the self proclaimed Hero of the Universe, who has decided for itself that their main goal in life is to travel from one planet to another and “protect,” its inhabitants from whatever may ail them. This usually translates to Jettomero bumbling around the planet, destroying the majority of the buildings there, and apologising to everyone it kills. It is adorable. I genuinely feel sorry for the poor big guy; they only want to be loved, but can’t help but crush everything he sees.
Occasionally, however, Jettomero happens upon another Kaiju; this is where the robot truly comes alive. With the help of some lazer eyes and a few quick time events, Jettomero is able to destroy those nasty rampaging monsters, and the majority of the surroundings, in a loud explosion of fire and death. Now that the planet is “safe and sound,” Jettomero will decide to fly to the next planet and “protect,” that one, leaving a large crater from the blast off site.
Seriously this is a great game to wile away a good fifteen minutes of ridiculous fun. Unfortunately, fifteen minutes is really the games whole longevity. After a few planets and a few nice Kaiju fights, it does become a little tedious; the whole game revolves around jetting from one planet to another, trying not to destroy everything, accidentally destroying everything and also fighting a Kaiju or two. Rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat. Sadly, after the great initial moments of me happily watching Jettomero bumble around the screen, I began to really wish there was more than just that. They do try to keep things fresh with a puzzle after every major Kaiju fight, but this doesn’t really get anywhere interesting.
I genuinely feel that there could have been so much more put into this game; it feels sparse. It feels really bad to criticize a game like this because it has such a lovely unique design and idea. But it simply needed more put into it.
Criticism aside, I did mention the art style earlier. One thing that really struck me about Jettomero was the brilliant way it looked. There is something insanely appealing about the really cartoony graphics mixing in with the wanton destruction, especially the really trippy way the screen moves when you go through a wormhole, which is the way Jettomero moves from one solar system to another. It is quite something to just sit and watch the way this game looks. Especially when the “little,” people start shooting missiles at poor misunderstood Jettomero.
Jettomero Hero of the Universe certainly lives up to its name. Its a very big universe out there and Jettomero has to “save,” all of it. Don’t get me wrong; I have really enjoyed playing this game. I just feel that it needed something else in it. Something more to fully match the brilliance that I can see in the game. Here’s hoping Jettomero keeps “saving,” everyone they can!
- Jettomero is the cutest Kaiju ever!
- Art style is brilliant!
- “Oh no I broke it…I hope no one was inside.” *continues to destroy*
- 15 minutes in and I have pretty much done everything.
- Very very repetitive
- Puzzles are fun but do not bring new to the game.
Family Focus – Jettomero: Hero of the Universe
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe is ESRB rated T for teen and PEGI rated 7+. Overall it is a very inoffensive little game.
Disclaimer: This review is based on a review code of the game provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review.