Jettomero: Hero of the Universe
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Jettomero is a stylish looking game where you get to guide a giant indestructible robot as it attempts to save humanity. This involves clumsily stomping around small planets while battling the occasional giant monster and collecting fuel. The fact that Jettomero is invincible and battles play out via quick time events means the game doesn’t offer much of a challenge, but makes up for it with some relaxing gampelay and a neat story. It can become repetitive as you are required to do the same things over and over in each new procedurally generated system, but doesn’t overstay its welcome and offers a unique experience while it lasts.

Gameplay: A unique and relaxing experience despite the amount of on-screen carnage that can occur.

Graphics: One of the most stylish looking games that we’ve seen in a while.

Sound: The soothing soundtrack sets a great tone for the game

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Jettomero: Hero of the Universe

Developer: Ghost Time Games  | Publisher: Ghost Time Games  | Release Date: 2017 | Genre: Casual / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Jettomero is a giant robot who wants to do nothing more than protect humanity. In its favor is the fact that it is giant and indestructible, but unfortunately the fact that it is also incredibly clumsy does count against it somewhat. Despite the fact that Jettomero apologizes profusely every time it accidentally knocks over a few buildings or tramples some tanks with its giant feet, the very humans that it is trying to save tends to attack it in full force. Since Jettomero is indestructible this proves to be more than a nuisance than a danger, but it is rather disheartening when you get bombarded with bombs and missiles simply for trying to help.

Initially Jettomero doesn’t really have any idea what its true purpose is and where it came from, but fighting the various monsters it encounters does begin to unlock some memories. The fights feature intense eye-laser tug-of-wars, but are played out via quick time events. Although having to rapidly input the indicated button combination and then hammer a specific button to attack does become somewhat challenging, it’s not as exciting as actually going toe-to-toe with a giant mutant monster. The penalty for losing is also very minor, but even this can be avoided by reducing the difficulty level, which gives you all the time in the world to press the button combinations required to win. The game doesn’t just hand you the memories that Jettomero unlocks on a silver platter though. Instead, you have to complete a decryption mini-game, which involves rotating a series of ciphers in order to reveal the correct phrase. Get it right and you are rewarded with a comic book style cut-scene that fleshes out Jettomero’s tale. Defeating the monster in each system also opens up a wormhole which you can take to the next system where you get to repeat the whole process again. The location of the monster in each system is random, so you might have to visit a few planets to find it and jetting around requires fuel that must be scavenged from the planets. Once you figure out the process though, completing the game is simply a matter of repeating the process over and over again.

While the gameplay of Jettomero can become rather repetitive and lacks depth, it is very hard not to like the game. Despite being a giant clumsy robot, there is something very endearing about Jettomero’s quest to save the human race. It might be horrible at what it wants to do, but its heart is definitely in the right place. What really makes the game stand out from the crowd, though, is its visuals. Jettomero looks like a typical science fiction robot from a 1950s B-movie, but can be customized with a wide range of heads, arms, body armour and foot gear.

These parts are unlocked by stomping on the highlighted spots found on the planets, which gives you some incentive to wander around apart from just collecting fuel. Jettomero towers above the human cities and the planets are tiny enough that you can stomp around them in less than a minute, which makes hunting down the parts less of a chore. With everything from hammers, cannons and scissors for hands to a tutu, bandolier or dark cape for body armor, there are endless combinations to customize your Jettomero.

The game is viewed in 3rd person, which offers a great way to really soak in the beautiful procedurally generated universe. The visuals have a vibrant comic book style and makes use of colors and shading that we don’t often get to see in games. In fact, Jettomero even features a “photo mode” which pauses the action and enables you to mess around with the camera and apply stylized filters to the visuals. This feature provides a nice break from the grind of tracking down monsters and we probably spent as much time poking around in this mode as the actual game. Although not ultra detailed, the visuals does look very stylish, especially when Jettomero is busy getting bombarded by tanks, space ships and drones. The game doesn’t have a lot of visual options to tweak beyond being able to adjust the screen, which might be disappointing to some players. In addition to the stylish visuals, Jettomero also has a very fitting soundtrack. The music not only sounds great, but actually provides a nice soothing backdrop to the game. Seeing as Jettomero isn’t really an action game, the mellow tunes make sense, even during scenes of carnage.

Jettomero can be played using a keyboard, but for the best experience we definitely recommend a controller. For a giant robot Jettomero is quite graceful when boosting around space, but his movement on the planets is intentionally very cumbersome. Imagine a small child wearing over-sized boots while trying to walk through thick mud and you’ll have an idea of just how tricky it is to maneuver Jettomero. We would have liked to see some type of penalty for destroying the cities as currently you can trash everything in sight and the only thing that happens is Jettomero apologizing. Even the constant attacks that Jettomero suffers has no negative impact on it, which means the game is ideal for players who simply want a casual experience with no frustration. However, players who enjoy a challenge might not appreciate the sedate pace as much. There are a couple of optional tasks that can be sought out be anyone looking for something other than the primary gameplay loop, but none of these are exactly taxing either. From flying through hoops while in space to stomping out fires, these distractions only rewards players with the occasional achievement and has no impact on the story.

Speaking of the story, we don’t want to spoil anything, but it is actually one of the highlights of the game. While we could see the “twist” coming a mile away, it was still really satisfying to find out what is really going on and where Jettomero fits into the grand scheme of things. There’s more to the tale than what you’ll find in a single playthrough too, so if you want to experience the real (and quite satisfying) ending, it is worth it to keep going after vanquishing all the monsters. Judged purely on the gameplay it would be hard to recommend Jettomero, especially to anyone looking for a lot of depth and a challenge. However, the visual style, atmosphere, music and story all combine to offer an experience that is more than the sum of its parts. It might not be very long or have much of a challenge, but we still found ourselves glued to the game until the end credits rolled and will probably return to it again for the occasional blast through space.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 7500U 2.70Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Basic Audio Support
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i7 920
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 970
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Basic Audio Support
  • OS: OSX 10.11.6 or later
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 8 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 mb
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Basic Audio Support
  • OS: OSX 10.11.6 or later
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 mb
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Basic Audio Support
  • OS: Antergos_64
  • Processor: I5-4200U
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Basic Audio Support
  • Additional Notes: Performance is much better running in full screen mode.
  • OS: Latest Ubuntu
  • Processor: I5-4200U
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Basic Audio Support
  • Additional Notes: Performance is much better running in full screen mode.

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