Jetpack Joyride
It’s a blast

You don’t need a lot of time to understand Jetpack Joyride. That doesn’t mean that you won’t spend a lot of time playing it. This infinite side-scroller is made by the same studio that brought us Fruit Ninja, and it carries the same feeling of joyful destruction. Players are put in the high-flying shoes of Barry, a dude storming the lair of a mad super-villain with the aid of a jetpack machine gun.

Really, the story is secondary; the fun lies in dodging missiles and other obstacles, collecting treasure and generally making a mess. Players largely control their flights by tapping on the screen to make Barry climb or leaving the screen alone to send him back to the ground. Various power-ups of varying ridiculousness give players some fun options, such as riding a dragon. As you might expect, Jetpack Joyride is not for the serious-minded, on-task workers of the world. For the rest of us, though, it’s a whole lot of fun. Free, for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices.

Hayley Tsukayama