A Paladin’s Steam Review: Jazzpunk. Is This Memes? Or Just Complete Nonsense?

Jazzpunk for Windows, Mac & Linux Steam Review

Jazzpunk for Windows, Mac & Linux Steam Review

Here it is, the review no one asked nor wanted of me. Jazzpunk. A “Comedy” Adventure.

I realize I’m not the reviewer anyone is asking to go look at games like Jazzpunk. To be honest, this is just about stretching my abilities and experiencing new things. I’ve been in this four year experimental state where I’ll try a game out simply because the concept intrigues me, not if it’s actually something I’ll want to play or, more importantly, enjoy. I’ve been coming down a bit off of that thanks to games like Jazzpunk mostly leaving me in a state of “punked”. Whether I’ll ever quit buying games because of that curiosity remains to be seen. To the many shaking of heads by my friends.

You can read the review here.

A Paladin’s Steam Review: Jazzpunk. Is This Memes? Or Just Complete Nonsense?

  • Genre: 1st Person Surreal I-Haven’t-Done-Enough-Drugs-For-This Adventure.
  • Developed & Published by: Necrophone Games & Adult Swim Games.
  • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Business Model: Base Game.
  • Copy Purchased by Myself

I can’t help but feel that the title of this game is more than a bit apt to describe the experience I had with this game. This game makes no sense from a story perspective. If this is what tripping on drugs is even remotely like, I don’t think I want to ever experience the real thing. I’m not even going to try and describe the story or the purpose you play in this game because even I’m not certain what the purpose of this game is supposed to serve. Oh right, a comedy adventure.

Overall Gameplay Thoughts
Reviewing a game’s comedy is a very dangerous road to walk on. What I find funny isn’t what you’ll find funny and vice versa. I stay away from talking about a game’s humor and generalize what it’s like. You may find this incredibly hilarious while it’s all completely lost on me. So, I’ll just break it down to its parts. What you’re essentially getting is a collection of unremarkable (or boring) mini-games with walking sequences between them. During the entire time you will be subjected to a multitude of references and jokes from various forms of media that you may or may not get. (Prepare to not get a lot of them). This style of game has been rising in popularity of late and frankly, it hasn’t been my favorite to play. Which this entry has only further cemented my dislike of it.

PC Settings & Options
Jazzpunk comes with resolution options, control bindings and more. However, it should be noted that the game will override your mouse + keyboard for the controller every time you start up the game. Field of View slider is missing (from a First Person game no less). What you’re left with is a quality slider, v-sync & mouse options. Optimization seemed fine (its not terribly demanding) and it never crashed on me. That said, I noticed that my camera was really jerky/jittery when you moved it around. Never figured out why.

Final Thoughts
It’s hard to find these games enjoyable when the interactive parts are meager and the jokes are lost on me. Obviously I got a few of them but when a world refuses to take itself seriously, you have to wonder if everything is trying to be a reference. Is the walkway a reference or did what that character said behind me supposed to be a reference? Or is it actually relevant to the plot?! I can’t tell! The references are extremely broad too so it’s hard to place where they’re coming from half the time. Is it supposed to be an homage to some other TV series and what is that or why am I flying upside to, idk, something and augh and gah this game is….

…..ultimately frustrating.

Thanks for reading!


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