Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Oct 30, 2013
    40
    Jack Keane and the Fire Within suffers from all the child's troubles that are thinkable. When you look at its uninteresting storyline, brief dialogues, awkward humour, repetitious minigames, or its wandering camera that is obviously playing against you. Fans of the series are brave enough to give a try this second installment, but the rest of you would be better off without it.
  2. 40
    The developers of Jack Keane 2 wanted to prove at all costs that even adventure games may be "fast & furious". Unfortunately, their game lacks other ingredients preventing to be a high-quality adventure title. [Issue#232]
  3. Aug 26, 2013
    49
    Jake Keane 2 is crude and clumsy, as if the developers did not want to make this game at all, but someone forced them to.
  4. Aug 2, 2013
    60
    If you’re not as patient as a saint, multitude of bugs and defects make playing Jack Keane 2 a tough experience. [CD-Action 09/2013, p.66]
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    30
    Point and click adventures have a hard enough time drawing new players in without games like this tainting their waning reputation. This is definitely not the saviour of the genre; it’s sadly just one to avoid.
  6. Jul 19, 2013
    60
    With an old-fashioned point-and-click adventure filled to the brim with references to beloved classics, Deck13 manages to appeal to the nostalgic gamer. Unfortunately the quality is second to the source material.
  7. Jul 17, 2013
    50
    Jack Keane 2 will do nothing to convert people to the adventure genre and it's difficult to recommend it to adventure fans. It appears to be designed to appeal more to casual players given the relative lack of depth to the whole experience, and the colourful but cardboard-cutout characters aimed at a younger audience.
  8. Jul 15, 2013
    74
    While the picky controls and fixed camera angle can be annoying at times, Jack Keane 2 provides witty writing and attractive art combined with sensibly logical puzzles to provide a pretty good adventure.
  9. Jul 12, 2013
    50
    Jack Keane 2 is a fun action-packed journey at times, made far more frustrating than it needed to be due to its clumsy interface and obtuse, pace-killing puzzles.
  10. Jul 11, 2013
    61
    And so, overall, there’s little to recommend about Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within. The puzzles are varied and competent, but everything else needs a lot of work, and adventure games don’t usually receive much in the way of patches (of course, for most they’re not needed).
  11. Jul 7, 2013
    70
    Jack Keane 2 might not be the smashing excellence in the genre that The Walking Dead was praised for last year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give Jack Keane 2 a try if you like a bit of delightful comedy in your adventure games.
  12. Jun 26, 2013
    50
    While its well-crafted array of puzzles are fun whether you’re new to the games or not, its controls and technical hiccups take away from wanting to play the game. Jack Keane may have what it takes to be your next daring adventurer, but Fire Within may not be your next go-to adventure.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jun 28, 2013
    9
    This game is a giggle-fest mixed with a dogeared copy of King Solomon's Mines.

    Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within is the sequel to the original,
    though I did not play the original so I'm evaluating it on it's face. The game is a 3D action adventure/point-and-click puzzle game. You play the titular role and combine forces with several companions most notable of which is the adventurous, blue-eyed femme Amanda. The plot of the story revolves around Jack's quest to find a) a lost treasure that he learns about from a dying shaman, and b) a path through his own subconscious to becoming a better man who can commit to anything.

    Throughout the game, you are confronted by puzzles. While most are interesting yet easy to work out, there are a few times where it takes you a minute to find all the oddly-placed pieces you need. There is also a fast and rudimentary card-based combat mechanic where you have to counter enemy attacks with the proper defense and then counter-attack with your own moves.

    Most important are the setting and characters, who are rich and entertaining.

    Pros include nice graphics, very funny quips, a nice mix of action and puzzle solving, the use of WASD to move (as opposed to click-to-move), and the ability to alter companion opinions using dialog.

    Cons include three bugs that required restart or reload, poor inflection in the voice acting, trouble jumping because of camera skew, and a ridiculous dialog tree that will end the game if you accept money from a bad guy for an object you're going to lose anyway.

    While the game at launch is plagued by bugs (so you might want to play after the first patch) and I stand firmly resolute in my condemnation of using flashbulbs to frighten bats, finishing this game is one of my top priorities. The characters are fascinating, the humor is infectious, and the graphics are sweet.

    Full video review on my blog and YouTube channel.
    Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2013
    7
    Nice and funny game with awkward controls; single clicks don't often register, the fixed camera and jumping is sometimes annoying. The dialogs and jokes are okay but the audio quality is strange (a slightly noisy). The 3D world is beautiful, but often hides items that should be picked up. There is a highlight option for these items, but I like the hotspot mechanics of other games more. There are the 3-5 seconds before an item is picked up or a character is talked to, so took me 10 hours for the first run and 3 hours on the second speed run. Crashed a few times, mostly when I skipped a cutscene. The puzzles are relatively easy, I got stuck usually by not noticing an item. Full Review »
  3. Feb 26, 2014
    0
    I do not know if it is good or bad because this game has no french translation ! we are not all brainless players, so why was not entitled to a translation ? a little effort for your next game please.... Full Review »