Jettomero : Hero of the Universe – Review

Jettomero is a giant AI robot, waking on a mysterious planet our good friend isn’t quite sure why he’s there, or what he’s supposed to be doing but soon enough he decides that he’s going to try and help the inhabitants.


Sadly Jettomero isn’t really built for such tasks, with a heavy body atop long spindly legs, and arms that could be more useful if they where made of chocolate and it’s fair to say Jettomero isn’t the most delicate walker.. In moving around the planet he manages to squash a few civilians, and flatten numerous buildings, but our love-able protagonist remains polite and apologizes as he tramples on another home.

Each planet presents a fairly small surface area, an after exploring you’ll find your boosters (Right Trigger) allowing you to take to orbit and head to another nearby planet.

Soon enough you’ll come across another giant monster which Jettomero happily battles to save the people of the solar system, these battles are short quick-time events where you have to hit a selection of buttons to enter the damage phase and then smash the relevant button to deal damage, after two or three phases you’ll defeat the monster and Jettomero will set on his quest of saving the universe by exploring solar systems to rid them of such monsters.


It all sounds pretty straight forward, but Jettomero is a complicated guy, and you’ll start to unravel the mystery surrounding Jet’s past, and unlocking his plans for the future, progressing through the first worm-hole you’ll find a new solar system, with yet more planets to explore, you’ll have to search through each planet, having one, let alone two giant monsters/robots in your solar system isn’t always taken well by the inhabitants, so expect to be shot at by lazers, turrets, tanks and ufo’s but Jet’s indestructible body means it’s more an annoyance than a problem to solve.

You can hit the face buttons to wave his arms around which will swat away missiles like pesky flies, or maybe hit the D-pad to stomp on the ground to intentionally take out a few tanks, You’ll also come across flashing red beacons found on many planets, these contain a piece of Jettomero for customization, with dozens of options across the head, body, legs and arms, these are only cosmetic items, but each can add a range of possibilities ranging from a funny chicken face with a beer belly and plungers for arms, to something much more demonic.


Graphically Jettomero isn’t going to catch your eye initially, it’s all kept fairly basic, textures on buildings and enemies are mostly simple and repeated, each world looks more like a face-lift of the past rather than a whole new area, and Jettomero while full of charm isn’t as detailed as most protagonists you’ll control this year, however in a strange way it works. and it works really well, the contrast of colours and the light/dark cycle keep your eyes intrigued and it’s evident that you don’t always need fancy visuals to make a game look appealing..

However apart from some considerable slow-down during the mid-solar system loading screens, everything runs lovely and smooth, and the animations more than make up for a few jagged edges, watching Jet’s clumsy stagger, or his legs carrying his body under a beam ‘limbo’ style all add to the personality of the game, and sometimes this is far more difficult to carry into a game than a few flashy visuals.

Audio is an improvement with a mysterious sci-fi background tune which remains mellow but still mysterious and small sound effects from the crunching of a building to the oomph of Jet’s boosters all help to fill the world around you in ways that the graphics can’t quite achieve.


Below the surface of the accidental damage, Jettomero has a very interesting story which soon leaves you genuinely caring about Jettomero and his quest to become the hero of the universe, you’ll spend plenty of time intentionally destroying buildings, or searching out new customization pieces, but you’ll still remain fixed on the short mid-system cut-scenes preceded by cryptic puzzles which help to keep your attention on what they’re revealing.

Jettomero might not last you weeks and weeks, but with small bite-sized planets it’s easy to pick-up and play.  While I would have liked to see a little more reward for exploration, there’s still plenty of unlocks to find with almost 80 in total you’ll be more than happy to explore a planet even if it’s not under attack by a giant monster.


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