Jack and Jill DX is a side scrolling platformer where the aim of the game is to play as either Jack or Jill and have the characters meet up at the other end. That is it, there is no story to the game, and the only thing that you need to do is get through each level in each world.
Within the game there are 140 levels, this is split into 7 worlds, each making up 20 levels a piece. So there is a fair few things for you to do within the game. Which I found quite surprising, especially for the price on offer, just less than £4. This isn’t the only thing to do within the game though, on completing each of the 7 worlds, mini games will open up for you to complete, which adds a little bit extra to the game, as does the side challenges. The side challenges do add a bit of replayability to the game, however when I was playing through the game, it kind of felt like one of those games where I would struggle to muster the energy to go back through the levels once I had done them.
Achievement/Trophy hunters I can see flying back though the game to mop up any challenges to do.
One thing that I found particularly strange was the fact that movement within the game was automatic and that you could probably play through most of this game by just using one button. I like my relaxed and laid back games, but at times this kind of felt like I was laid down for the entire time. Boosts are available within the game which can help you with certain things when going through each level, such as trying to clear a larger than normal gap. Again, this is kind of standard and not very original.
The difficulty within the game wasn’t anything to shout about as well. The game was pretty simplistic to play through and didn’t provide much of a challenge. Which was a bit disappointing, it would have been nice to have been able to adjust the setting and play to the difficulty I wanted to.
You can collect tokens within the game that can be used within the in game shop to purchase cosmetic items such as hats for jack or jill and screen colours. This just seemed to a be a little add on for me and didn’t really add that much, I guess if you’re into adding hats to your character and getting some screen colours on the go, then by all means, this will be for you. For me though, it seemed a little pointless.
With each world that you go into a new mechanic is introduced to the game, just to try and mix things up a bit and keep you on your toes. I have to admit, that it didn’t really do much for me.
For the price you pay for the game, there is a lot of content squeezed into the game and I can only say that it’s value for money. But in terms of the game overall, it’s pretty standard, pretty generic when it comes to side scrolling platformers. Nothing here is going to wow you, the levels and worlds are basic with very little in terms of anything out of the ordinary and nothing that you haven’t already seen before.
But for the price, I seriously couldn’t complain. Plenty to do, bit of replayability, and an Achievement/Trophy hunters dream.