Jack and Jill DX – PS4 | Review

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water; Jack lost Jill, and as you play, the game will get much harder!

Forget what you know about the nursery rhyme from 1777.  Jack and Jill DX by Ratalaika Games SL is here to take us back to the basics in platforming!

You play as Jack (and later Jill!) in a platformer that is very simple to figure out how to play.  In fact, the only button that you will use is your X button.  The point of each level is for you to navigate Jill across a series of pits, spikes, enemies and other obstacles.  Once you start a level, Jack will move forward on his own.  If you run into a wall, Jack will turn around and go the opposite direction.  As you play the game, you will unlock neat new abilities and items that will help you – from Speed Boots that help you jump over a pit or long row of spikes to a potion that gives you invulnerability against enemies.

There are twenty levels in a world and a total of seven worlds.  Each level only takes about a minute or two to complete.  By the time you are in the third world, though, the game gets to be pretty difficult.  It can be frustrating when you come up to a big gap where you are required to bounce off enemies heads, and you don’t quite bounce high enough, leading to your doom.  I find this to be a design error because I can jump on the same enemy, in the same way, and then clear the jump I need to.

As you beat the worlds in the main game, you will also unlock mini-games that are pretty fun.  These will reward you with tickets that you can use to unlock silly hats, amongst others things in the store.

Certainly, the thing the most people will notice is the graphics.  These very simple graphics have a strong Game Boy visual about them. The musical score that accompanies each world will take you back as well.

Final Impressions

Jack N’ Jill DX was an absolute treat for me, being a gamer in my early thirties.  It never got to the point of being impossible.  The graphics and music were a nice surprise.  Trophy hunters will also love that playing this game yields eleven gold trophies and the coveted platinum!

*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*

Developer: Ratalaika Games / Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Release date: 25/09/2018
Platforms: PS4
Platform Reviewed on: PS4 Pro

Jack and Jill DX

£3.99
7

Final Score

7.0/10

Pros

  • Easy Gameplay
  • Short Levels
  • Very simple trophies

Cons

  • Hitbox seems off at times

  • Bounce mechanics all over the place