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You Should Play: Mr. Jump might just be the most difficult one-touch platformer on iOS

Chris Holt | March 30, 2015
These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

 It is minimalist by choice: But this minimalism plays to the game's advantage. Your only goal is to get to the end of the level. Mr. Jump moves for you, and all you have control over is when and how high he jumps — determined by how firmly you tap on your iPhone's screen. 

When you die, it just tells you your progress and asks if you want to go again. There's no story, and the in-game ads only appear on the game-over screen: Essentially, the developers have made the conscious decision to make the player's singular focus to be on the jumping mechanic. Time your jumps and negotiate Mr. Jump's world — that's all there is to it. The controls, thankfully, have been very responsive in my experience. And because of the "percentage complete" displayed every time you die, you have an incentive to complete the level. The game is almost daring you: "I'm so simple, how hard can I be to beat?" The answer: Very hard. 

Flappy Bird fans, platformer lovers, and masochists alike will enjoy Mr. Jump. This free game is already shooting up the App Store charts and with good reason. Go see what all of the fuss is about.

Developer: 1Button
Platform:  iOS (Universal)
Price:  Free


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