I was recently reminded of the existence of the 1993 video game Jetpack, when it was mentioned on an episode of the Watch Out For Fireballs podcast.
This game is a fond childhood memory for me.
My family often spent part of the summer with a friend of my mom when I was little.
She had three sons, who I would always end up playing Jetpack with.
Jetpack is a fun side-scrolling platformer with a robust level editor.
Think Mario Maker, but twenty-two years before Mario Maker.
Jetpack may in fact be the first video game I ever played.
But I never knew what it was called, since I had not learned any English at that point!
So after the podcast made me aware of this game again, I started looking around for some more info about the game.
I started by looking at some screenshots, and the visuals really took me back.
Keep in mind, I had not seen the game since I was in my single digits.
Seeing the little jetpack guy again really took me back, so this was a big hit of nostalgia for me.
I was surprised to learn that the game had been made by a single 16-year-old, Adam Pedersen.
He even made a sequel, Jetpack 2, released in 2017.
The sequel seems very similar to the original, with updated graphics and some more bells and whistles.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the old enemies and obstacles of the game with a new coat of paint.
With that in mind, I am looking forward to playing some more Jetpack soon.
As soon as I finish my gaming backlog, that is.
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