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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Jetpac Refuelled takes tried and tested laser-driven arcade gameplay and brings it right up to date, crowbarring in masses of new levels, enemies and weapon upgrades while polishing the visuals and soundtrack to a space-age shine. Veteran twitch gamers and eager rookies[Xbox Live Arcade] Jetpac Refuelled takes tried and tested laser-driven arcade gameplay and brings it right up to date, crowbarring in masses of new levels, enemies and weapon upgrades while polishing the visuals and soundtrack to a space-age shine. Veteran twitch gamers and eager rookies are all well catered for, with over 100 stages challenging allcomers to build and refuel their rockets under heavy pressure from disgruntled locals. The ultimate point of all this? Same as it always was: to stay alive and get rich. Online components include access to global high score Leaderboards and a good spread of Achievements, while the inclusion of simultaneous multiplayer action marks another first for the franchise. Two players can quickly and easily set up a head-to-head battle on a single Xbox 360 console or over Xbox Live. So if you fancy giving your trigger finger a proper arcade workout for the first time in ages, this is the game for you. Feel free to storm Xbox Live Arcade and download the Trial version if you're still not sure. Jetpac Refuelled is much more than a simple nostalgia trip, though to show due reverence we've also included a recreation of the classic 1983 original under the heading of Retro mode... we did, however, stop short of making it take five minutes to load. [Rare] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jetpac Refuelled sports some of the best 2D graphics on XBLA. There’s something about Rare’s art style that really stands out. The colors, backdrops, and character design all blend perfectly together.
  2. Maybe it’s the explosive beauty and color of it all, it’s really is a visual delight, it’s true eye-candy. Not only that, but it plays great, it’s fun and it’s extremely challenging, but thankfully, even with all the challenge, it’s nice enough to give us a checkpoint feature so we can pick it up and continue the game later on.
  3. If only all 400-point games had this much attention to detail. [Issue #22, p.115]
  4. This basic game receives some nice updates in its "refuelled" mode, but it's still best suited for those who hold some shred of nostalgia for the original game.
  5. A cheap, but rather lovely remake of the simple shooter that kicked off Rare's legacy. It's a wonderfully playable link to UK gaming's past, and well worth the 400 points Microsoft's charging for it, but way too repetitive to keep you amused for long.
  6. This remake has been handled with an unusual level of respect and a commitment to the original, and the graphical overhaul strikes a happy balance between old and new.
  7. Jetpac Refuelled has a lot of charm, and the inclusion of the Spectrum original is a nice bit of nostalgia, but the game lacks the depth and intelligence of other arcade games from that era.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    This title is a bigger sorprise for me, I wait that the title be other boring shooter game, but what happen? good graphics, adictive gameplay,This title is a bigger sorprise for me, I wait that the title be other boring shooter game, but what happen? good graphics, adictive gameplay, incredible controls, funny music do that this title be one of my favorites. Expand
  2. ConorW.
    Mar 28, 2007
    7
    If it weren't fr the constantly shifting zoom of the gameplay window this would be a must have for many XBLA fans. It is still quite If it weren't fr the constantly shifting zoom of the gameplay window this would be a must have for many XBLA fans. It is still quite fun, but the view shift near to far in refueled mode making later levels very frustrating since the enemies move faster than your POV range. Expand
  3. Andyman
    Mar 30, 2007
    5
    It's quite ironic that this game trumpets the achievements of Chris and Tim Stamper, considering that both of these men (the founders of It's quite ironic that this game trumpets the achievements of Chris and Tim Stamper, considering that both of these men (the founders of Rare) are no longer with Rare... and it shows. Sure, the visuals look nice, but the gameplay is very tired and the camera has a mind of its own. It must have taken some serious effort to screw up the camera in a 2D game. At $5, the price is right... but you'll be better off putting that $5 toward the Shivering Isles expansion. On a scale from 'ouch!' to 'wow!', I give it a 'meh'. Expand