This fascinating and frankly completely one of a kind creation from Ghost Time Games, is a game that presents you with a world, a character and a story to reel you in with its initially adorable demeanour and gradually darker and thought-provoking undertones. Jettomero: Hero of The Universe, features a giant, indestructible and extremely friendly robot who is unsure of its purpose in the universe. A delightful and refreshing game in its well-executed simplicity.
You awaken in a colourful universe with no knowledge of what you really are or why you are here. Initially, the gameplay is centred around teaching you the basic mechanics and showing you how you can travel between planets and solar systems as you journey to find the truth about your existence and where you came from. You are also amazingly clumsy, and navigating planets without causing accidental destruction becomes difficult.
Once you’ve gone through your first wormhole you decide that saving lives and helping people is what you must be destined to do. This becomes apparent after you face off against a giant monster terrorizing a planet. Each time you finish a combat encounter with a large creature your brain overloads and you are presented with some code to decrypt that will then unlock some of the history of Earth and your origins. Unfortunately, as you go about ‘saving’ planets from various threats, you are likely to encounter opposition to your endeavours as you accidentally step on buildings and bat planes out of the sky in your mission to chase off alien invasions and colossal monsters.
The story is relatively simple but quite profound. The implications of Jettomeros’ existence present some interesting questions amongst the otherwise very light-hearted and colourful gameplay. For the most part, you are flying from planet to planet seeing if you can help the people there. On each planet, you must collect enough fuel crystals to move on and make sure that the planet no longer needs your help before leaving.
Much of the time, it is a little unclear exactly what dictates whether a planet still needs your help and it can feel a bit peculiar when you’re failing around a planet trying to work out what you specifically might need to do. This leads to some moments of confusion but the overall feel of the gameplay is endearing. The movement of the robot is intentionally all over the place, but amusing and the combat with the giant monsters is simple but sufficiently engaging. The decryption puzzles are initially confusing but fairly simple once you’ve done a couple of them. The story they reveal is good, but not particularly long. There is, unfortunately, minimal re-playability and some may find the price tag far too high for a game that is so short, however, the varied gameplay and exploration in each solar system can easily extend your game time.
The art style is gorgeous. Stunning colour combinations and beautifully implemented graphics make a technically simple looking game adopt a layer of depth. The expanse of space is well expressed and the proportions of the in-game models contribute effectively to the gameplay and the nature of the story. The comic book layout of the visuals also lends itself well to the overall feel of the game.
Along with the very relaxed gameplay and the lovely graphics, the soundtrack is also wonderful. Chill electronic beats and synth sounds blend perfectly with the other elements of the game, creating an experience that stands apart from much of what is available in the gaming industry as a whole.
Jettomero is absolutely something worth trying. If the price tag feels too much then it’s still worth considering purely because of how different the game feels from anything else. A game full of lovely and well-executed ideas that feels truly delightful to play.