- Reviewer: Console Carl
- Developer: Nicolas Meyssonnier
- Publisher: Headup Games
- Release Date: 10/23/2020
- Price Currently: 23.99
Pumpkin Jack is a Spooky Scary 3D platformer in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord! Dive into an Epic Adventure through otherworldly landscapes and help the Evil annihilate the Good! Dive into an Epic Adventure and help the Evil annihilate the Good! Follow the will of the Devil himself and slay your nemesis in an epic quest that will take you on a journey in the Boredom Kingdom, a mythical realm shattered by the Curse. You will meet friends along the way, from a haughty Owl to a snarky Crow! Discover Stunning atmospheres in a Colorful yet Spooky Scary Kingdom Travel through epic and dramatic settings, with each level having its own eerie atmosphere. Using a vibrant palette and high quality lighting effects, Pumpkin Jack invents its own unique cartoon universe inspired by the classic PS2 graphic style. Jump, Run & Climb to carve your own way in Unique Levels Pumpkin Jack is a classic 3D Platformer before anything else! Every level will challenge you through several themed platforms, all giving you new trials to complete. Fight for your life against Evil Beasts by using awesome Unlockable Weapons You will have to master the arts of dodging, timing and movement to vanquish Jack’s foes. During the dynamic real time battles, choose which weapon you want to use and strike at the critical moment! Face Breathtaking Challenges and discover tons of Original Gameplays Solve puzzles that focus on physics, gravity and reflection. Inhabit a pumpkin head and burn books, hammer some moles, create a path for magic spheres… But also more! In each level, you will be faced with an action sequence using a new exclusive gameplay!
- Colorful Cartoon Setting: Travel through lurid landscapes in levels featuring alluring atmospheres, each crafted with vibrant color palettes, and high-quality lighting effects
- Fight For Your Life: With challenging beasts lurking around every corner, players must master the art of combo attacks; dodging, and timing to survive dynamic real-time battles!
- Don’t Lose Your Head: Solve puzzles that focus on physics; gravity, and reflection as Jack, or ditch the skinsuit and just use your flaming head to burn books
- Find Friends to Fight at Your Side: Helpful companions are there to assist Jack on his journey, including a haughty hooty owl to guide him along; and a snarky crow
So the time for our review is here, and I been counting the days until I could talk about this one. It was embargoed until release so I was struggling with not talking about this one. I haven’t had this much fun with a game in awhile. Spoiler alert I have to say this is the best Halloween game I’ve reviewed or even played. I was glued to the television with controller in hands for days trying to get every single collectible hidden within the game. It is such a quality release, and really took me back to some other classics. “Medievil” and “Overlord” was games that really came to mind. A couple of classics from the past that I adored just as much as this one. Everything about it screams Halloween, so it releases just in time to spend your isolated Halloween night having a great time with a great game. It just screams the spooky season with its orange vibrant levels. Full of creepies like skeletons, rats, knights, and so many other unique enemies. The bosses are super epic as well. You will take on tons of demons like Gluttony, that are really well designed. You will enjoy so much learning their attack patterns, and weaknesses. I have to same some of the highest quality bosses I’ve came across in video games. They really challenge you and your skills, but aren’t super frustrating or anything. I’d say I beat most in only a couple of tries. The final boss may have took me a couple more, but it was fun and not frustrating.
You play as Jack the Mythical Pumpkin Lord that has been summoned to help evil destroy good. While trying to do the Devil’s work you will find yourself in the amazing world of the Boredom Kingdom. This kingdom has fallen to a curse, and it’s up to you and your sidekick a hilarious little crow. You will also be aided by a owl. a horse, a gargoyle, and probably my favorite a Boat Captain that gives you a ride, but keeps you on your toes. It’s really just a blast all the twist and turns this adventure takes you on. You will travel across graveyards, farms, mines, and even take a trip to the North Pole. They all look really beautiful and dark. Halloween is just captured perfectly in this one. I can really see this game being a lot of people’s Halloween game streaming, and go to for the holiday. It just does everything you look for in this type of game. The combat is smooth and fun, the environments are beautiful and creepy, the enemies and bosses are all unique, and another thing. it never feels repetitive at all. It isn’t just hack and slash there are so many other things you come across. Things that will really excite you like whack a mole, memory games, kart racing, minecart and horse riding, and so much more. You really never know what to expect, or where your journey will take you.
One of things I can promise where ever it takes you. You will be taken there with some really top quality narration. The narrator just delivers some top quality voice acting. I was so impressed by it, and was really left wanting more. I wish it had carried over into the story as well. This leads to the only con I had for this game. The story is great, but it’s nonstop reading. Yes it’s still good, and the characters are funny and entertaining. I would have how ever loved to hear the characters deliver great voice acting like the narrator. That is the only thing about this game I can even say could be improved upon. Every about this game is just to perfect, and already really feels like a classic. I really hope this game gets the attention it deserves, and does well enough that they consider continuing the adventure in the future.This isn’t my first game published by HeadUp games I’ve reviewed. We have reviewed some top quality titles from them, but I can say with ease this is without question my favorite. It’s one of my favorite games this year period, and tops all the other horror/Halloween games we’ve covered this October.
One of the most unforgettable things about “Pumpkin Jack” is the music. I was blown away by all the renditions of classical music scores. They sound so Epic in the background of your adventure. I’m probably selling it short actually. I enjoyed it so much as a fan of music. Some of the best I’ve heard in a game of this genre since “Rayman” It really delivers some quality scores, that will stick with you long after you’ve completed this one. Something else you aren’t soon to forget is the amazing combat. There are so many quality weapons that vary so much form each other. Things like a spell, shovel, gun, sickle, and more. They all feel really easy to use, and are a lot of fun to discover which works best in different situations. I believe the gun is my favorite, because of it’s range and fast firing speed. One other weapon you have is a crow that you can fire a great distance. It can take several hits to eliminate a enemy with it, but can be done at range preventing you from taking damage. It can also be used in the mini races to open up your path. Game is also full of fun to find collectibles like crow skulls that you can use to purchase really cool costumes for Jack, and gramophones that make you break out in funky dance cut scenes. The dance moves are so rad, and you will probably laugh out loud during them.
So I can’t express just how much I loved “Pumpkin Jack” I was hooked from start to finish. I’ll just say it one more time so it’s clear. The environments are gorgeous, and really capture the Halloween season. The enemies and bosses are really varied, and a blast to figure out how to attack and avoid. The music exquisite and unforgettable. It really adds to the Epic adventure as does the amazing voice acting of the narrator. The story is one that you will look forward to taking part of every Halloween season. I will be remembering this game at the end of the year when time to decide what my Game of the Year is. I’m sure this will be up there high on my lists, but I hope every one else feels the same way. “Pumpkin Jack” really deserves all the attention, and great reviews I think that are coming for it. I know it scored really high with me, and left a big impression. I really see me coming back to this one numerous Halloween’s in the future. It’s so good it actually feels like a remaster of a PS2 classic or something. A must own, once you play this and realize just how good it is. Make sure you tell others about it as well. This game deserves to shine as bright as Jack O Lantern at Midnight this Halloween.
- EPIC classical scores.
- Unforgettable story.
- Game really captures the Halloween season.
- Fun boss battles and enemy.
- Great side characters that aide you on your journey.
- Smooth controls and combat.
- Outstanding Narration
- Wish the quality voice acting of the narrator was carried over into the characters in the story.
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