Halfbrick has a knack for creating cheap, quick-hit apps that immediately devour any remaining free time you thought you had -- see Fruit Ninja, above all -- and new universal app Jetpack Joyride may be its finest work to date. Like precursor Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride thrusts everyman-turned-badass Barry Steakfries in a frantic side-scrolling adventure, but as indicated in the title (originally Machine Gun Jetpack), you're no longer stuck on the ground.
Halfbrick has been responsible for some of the more memorable iOS hits to date -- notably Fruit Ninja and Age of Zombies -- and their latest, Jetpack Joyride, looks to make another strong impression on iPhone and iPad gamers when it launches this Thursday. I had a chance to play the universal app this weekend at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle, and while the speedy side-scroller is based in the self-propelled running genre popularized by Canabalt and Halfbrick's own Monster Dash, the addition of the titular object really gives this high-strung adventure a fresh new feel of its own.
Halfbrick, the developer of the hit iOS game, Fruit Ninja, has returned with another promising looking title. Their oft-used manly hero, Barry Steakfries will be starring again in a game called machine gun jetpack. If you're thinking to yourself, "there's no way it's actually about a machinegun jetpack," think again. Our most secret prayers have been answered.