Monday 24 July 2023

Jinks (Atari 7800 review)

Developer: Diamond Software
Publisher: Atari Corporation
Released: 1989

Jinks is a bouncing ball game that was originally released on the Commodore 64 in 1987.

+ Level design has some interesting ideas and the combination of pinball and Breakout (1976, Arcade) mesh well together.

+ Once you've beaten a stage you can re-enter it and be greeted by slightly different enemy layouts as a form of progression.

- However, these amended stages only have one variation, so visiting the level for a third time offers nothing new.

- Entire game features only four levels, so unless you're a high score chaser repetition will start to kick in rather quickly.

- Ball physics are inconsistent and trying to carefully manoeuvre around the playfield can be an exercise in frustration.

- Accurately bouncing the ball into a level indicator during the Interlude is maddening and you'll often select the wrong stage.

- Colour schemes throughout are garish and it's not uncommon for the ball to be indistinguishable from the background.

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