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Jones on Fire Review- win a copy of the game
If you like cats but hate fire, then Jones on Fire might just be the game for you.
A Wii U port of a mobile runner, Jones on Fire puts you into the shoes of Emma Jones, a firefighter who doesn’t actually do any firefighting in the game. Rather, she is tasked with perhaps the most classic or most cliché or firefighter duties, rescuing cats. A raging fire is sweeping through the forest, and it’s up to Emma to bring as many cats as she can back to the fire station.
Emma Jones runs forward automatically. You’ll be tasked with making her jump or charge. Jumping allows you to avoid basic obstacles, such logs or small fires, while charging allows you to slide underneath downed tree branches or straight through the flames. It’s very simple- at first.
How many cats can Emma Jones save?
As you progress through each randomly generated level, the hazard level increases. With each increased hazard level comes an increased challenge, but also greater rewards. Your multiplier steadily increases, earning your more money to spend on upgrades or power-ups. Power-ups range from the basic first aid kit the restore your health to catnip, which temporarily attracts all cats to Emma Jones.
In addition to simply saving the kittens, Jones on Fire has a mission system. These challenges ranging from collecting a select number of kittens, jumping over a select number of logs, reaching a certain hazard level or acquiring a specific type of power-up. None of the challenges are particularly complicated, but it adds a bit of diversity to what essentially is an endless runner.
Jones on Fire presents the player with optional missions.
One area where Jones on Fire struggles is the camera. You have a very limited view of what is ahead of you, making it potentially difficult to see what’s coming next. You’ll have to have quick reflexes and a rapid response time to survive the flames. The controls are generally responsive, but it can be frustrating at some of the higher hazard levels. There are 10 total hazard levels. You should be able to breeze through the first few with ease, but the game steadily ramps up in difficulty. Beating the last few hazard levels requires some quick reflexes and bit of luck.
Outrunning the fire can be a challenge.
Graphically, Jones of Fire is a mixed bag. Everything is blocky and cubic in appearance. Whether it’s the kittens, the fire or Jones herself, it’s all very square. It manages to have a retro-inspired look while being unique in its own right. Given that it’s such a stylistically different approach, the visuals of Jones on Fire won’t appeal to everyone. It runs smoothly.
The game features a chiptune-inspired dubstep soundtrack with a lot of meowing. Get ready for the meowing: it seems like each and every cat will meow when you pick it up. You need to be ready for that cat serenade. I found it to be cute, rather than annoying. If you’re more of a dog person, Jones on Fire might not be for you. Meowing aside, the game does have a great retro-inspired soundtrack, goofy as it may be.
As the game's subtitle states, kitties are cute and should be saved. While Jones on Fire never reaches the bar set by Runner2, it’s a solid endless runner. Who knew that kittens and fire would make for such a fun combination?
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Publisher JoinDots provided me with a few extra download codes for Jones on Fire. The codes are for the North American Wii U version of the game, and will not work in other regions.
I'll be giving some away to users who reply to this post and answer this question:
What is your favorite video game that features cats?
I plan on pulling the winners on or after Jan. 13, so if you're interested in a copy, answer sooner rather than later.
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