This guy’s rocket boots make other dinos look like a thing of the past
£10.99 Developer TreeFortress Games, treefortress.com
Requires OS X 10.6 or higher
This quirky game stars a dinosaur wearing rocket-equipped boots on a quest to save his kind from extinction. Pressing a key gives him a short boost upwards, and with well-timed repeat presses Rex gains altitude. His fantastical footwear also enables him to dash horizontally in short bursts, which can also be maintained with welltimed presses. The challenge is to keep Rex moving without crashing into spikes, lasers, sentry robots and other dangers that lie in every which way he can move.
Your main goal is simply to reach the end of each level, which earns you a star. Quotas of stars have to be met in order to open up more levels, and you can earn even more by passing through every gold ring in a level, and for finishing without dying.
Every so often you’ll come up against a behemoth whose attacks you must dodge, while you return the favour to bring them to their knees. These are the most fun parts of Rex’s adventure. However, the regular maze-like levels require huge patience to memorise their layouts, and they soon feel punishing – part
JumpJet Rex is cute and cool, but the adorable aesthetic masks almost gamepad-breaking levels of challenge.
of the game’s appeal for some, but it isn’t just difficulty that might put you off; anyone who has played classic Mario or Sonic games will recall things about their early levels to this day. Here, levels lack that extra pizzazz to make them memorable enough for all but hardcore players to persevere and play levels repeatedly in order to conquer every challenge.
Nice retro visuals
Oh, is it challenging
Too challenging for many tastes
Retro music starts to grate
Rex must avoid omnipresent danger as his futuristic footwear propels him to his goal.