Apr 30, 2019Out of the gate Jupiter & Mars does a lot of things right - sprawling, vast areas to explore with often stunning art design especially when seen through the immersive lens of PlayStation VR. In fact the opening moments set the right tone with zero time limits, tons of collectibles to find, and the remnants of our civilization strewn throughout the ocean floor.
But much too quicklyOut of the gate Jupiter & Mars does a lot of things right - sprawling, vast areas to explore with often stunning art design especially when seen through the immersive lens of PlayStation VR. In fact the opening moments set the right tone with zero time limits, tons of collectibles to find, and the remnants of our civilization strewn throughout the ocean floor.
But much too quickly levels start to feel repetitive, the collect-a-thon gets excessive, and just finding the next objective starts to feel like work instead of the next step of a great tranquil adventure. Jarring transitions (or lack there of) between gameplay, level select screens, and cinematics (not to mention the low-res graphics in the PSVR headset) make Jupiter & Mars come across as more of the foundation for a great game instead of an actual final product.
That's not to say there's nothing to enjoy here. In the same vein as Tetris Effect, XING, or Mind Labyrinth, if you're looking for some relaxing environments and a soothing soundtrack Jupiter & Mars gives you a good excuse to search every crevice of every stage - and when you inevitably make it to the final stage, the otherwise stagnant gameplay gets a much needed shot in the leg with some pretty fun stealth elements. It's a long way to go for a relatively small payoff, but it makes you wonder where else the developers could have taken this game given enough time.
Bryan Paul, PSVR Without Parole
Jul 8, 2019If global warming is a problem you think we should fight with dolphins set in a postapocalyptic vision of the world, through the eyes of TRON, then look no further! This is a game for you. For the rest of the gaming crowd, I'm pretty sure you won't find much fun here unless you just wanna relax and dive deep until you inevitably fall to sleep.
Jul 2, 2019Jupiter & Mars may just induce the most motion sickness we've yet to encounter in a VR title to date. Boring gameplay mechanics lead to an altogether forgettable and dull experience. Younger players may enjoy what the game has to offer, but when there are so many other amazing PSVR games out there right now, it's hard to recommend to any but the most die-hard dolphin or neon fanatics.
May 28, 2019J&M was released on Earth Day, and includes information on two nonprofit organizations aiming to preserve the world’s oceans. Between that and its jubilant presentation (aided by a bouncy main theme that briefly fooled me into thinking that the game would be much more enjoyable than it turned out to be) J&M is too well-intentioned to get angry at. Unfortunately, I imagine most players will be too bored to be persuaded by its important message.