Freeware Pick: JetPack Joyride –Created by Halfbrick Studios, the developers of the popular Fruit Ninja game, Jetpack Joyride is the sequel to its other big hit, Monster Dash. It’s my freeware pick this week.

In this classic-style video game, Barry Steakfries, a lovable hero, breaks into a top-secret lab full of dangerous gadgets. His goal: Hijack the experimental jet packs from a group of evil-doers while avoiding certain destruction by the obstacles and security precautions in place.

Jetpack Joyride Main Image

The simplicity of the game makes it fun for a wide array of players.

After Barry lifts off, you control his ascent and descent. Just touch the screen to engage or disengage his jet pack. The goal is to stay alive as long as possible. It sounds simple, but you need quick reflexes to avoid the lasers, missiles and other obstacles in Barry’s way.

Game play is action packed. Bullets, bubbles and lasers rain down. Rewards arrive as quickly as the hurdles, though. With each success, Barry picks up coins you’re able use to buy everything from new jet packs to a  really cool gravity suit.

Many rewards have specific uses only you are able to determine. Use special tokens for extra coins or for a second chance, if you need it after a failed attempt.

Jetpack Joyride Coins and Vehicle

And I even like the soundtrack. Halfbrick even makes it available as a free download.

The graphics leave a bit to be desired. They aren’t spectacular. The constantly changing scenery is amusing but frenetic. And, as the game increases in speed, the speed itself varies.  That makes it difficult to avoid obstacles which will end your journey.

Jetpack Joyride Backgrounds

The variety of backgrounds, obstacles, speeds, and difficulties make Jetpack Joyride at once challenging and addictive. The game is easy to learn but you’re able to reach an amazing level of difficulty. This is what keeps you coming back for more and why I recommend it for as’s freeware pick today.

Price: Free

Format: Android, Apple iOS, Windows 8 and Kindle Fire plus versions newly available for the BlackBerry OS and the Sony PlayStation.

Based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sandy Berger is a veteran tech journalist and senior editor at covering tech tips and tricks, apps and gadgets in general. Email her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @sandyberger, +SandyBerger on Google+, and on Facebook.

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Sandy Burger, based in Pinehurst, N.C., is a veteran tech journalist and regular contributor to Tech Page One. As senior editor at, Sandy covers tech tips and tricks, apps and gadgets in general. Email her at [email protected]
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