Jump Stars – Hands-On Preview (Xbox One)

Jump Stars is a game about jumping. Obviously.

In all seriousness, though, it’s a pretty fun little party game that’s great when you’re with a bunch of friends. The premise of the game is, well, jumping over, into, and against other players to win a bunch of different kinds of mini-games. It’s clearly only meant to be played with others; if you play this by yourself, it’s like playing Mario Party by yourself–you’ll be bored out of your skull in no time.

Certain modes require you to pretty much just keep jumping on other player’s heads until you’re the only one left standing. Others require you to try to bump them into traps like giant pillars that come crashing down on top of them, or giant grinders. It’s not a complicated idea, but it’s done well here. It’s done in a way that anyone can just plunk down with you and play without much explanation needed. The controls and movement are tight, and most of the game modes are fun. It’s sort of a cute novelty game you’ll pull out together with your friends every once in a while.

The only thing I can say about it is that it’s repetitive. It doesn’t look like it has much potential for expanding and holding interest for long. I could be wrong, though. They could have some crazy new modes planned, and I don’t want to sound too negative. Don’t get me wrong, the game is fun, trolling your friends is fun, split-second wins are a hoot–it’s a good time, I just don’t know for how long. That’s sort of why people are still pulling out Mario Party and their GameCube all these years later; there’s a ton of variety in those games. This is just kind of a collection of mini-games, all of which are fun!

If you’re scratching your head looking for a new party game to play with friends, I would definitely say to check out Jump Stars. Of course, this was only a preview, not the full game. Maybe I’ll have to shut up when it comes out, and it’ll blow me away with some sweet new modes that never get old!


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Nathaniel Smyth

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Born and raised in Plymouth, NH, Nat has been gaming since he was 3 starting on his brother’s Sega Genesis, all the way up to the Xbox One. Well rounded in a range of game genres from beat-em-ups to shooters, to role-playing-games, and more, he’s had a passion for all things gaming as long as he’s been able to hold a controller. While busy with school, sports, working, he still finds time to sit down, play, read up on the latest news, and hunt for deals on new and classic games.