JetSet – A Game for Airports?

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Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, Terminal?  Did you like his cooked accent?  How bout the terrible politics between his home country and homeland security USA that kept him locked up?  How about the slomance? Terminal – liked, loved or hated – is actually moot to this review; JetSet:  A game for Airports, is nothing at all like the movie.  And your role in the game?  Nothing Hollywood, just a security guard in inspections.

International flyers, JetSet has the answers to the questions that plague your about airports, security and fashion.  Forget what you think you know.  Why?  JetSet will teach you all you need to know.

From Persuasive Games’ website:

Jetset: A Game for Airports – A game for the frazzled globetrotter in all of us. Keep up with the changing rules of airport security on your iPhone or iPod touch. Play in airports to earn unique souvenirs to keep, give to friends, or redeem for prizes.

Jetset is a game about air travel with a satirical twist. It is the first game of its kind, a mobile game for business travelers.

Presentation and Gameplay
JetSet is a fast intergenre game that blends some of the graphic and gameplay elements of Tower Defense, Puzzle Games and Memory Games in an online medley that is sure to find a unique audience.  Its aim is simple:  filter the incoming passengers at the security checkpoint, making sure not to break human rights treaties or security measures.  It is not so simple however as the rules are as they say, meant to be broken.  Constantly, the list of pardonables and unpardonables will be updated on your screen prompting you to filter passengers often on individual basis, rather than applying the same rules at all times to the entire group.  Be prepared for short games at first until you can really adjust your seatbelt and thinking cap.  Genius.

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Its cute graphics have been pruned and tweaked since CNN Campaign Rush, and feel polished.  What feels utmost in importance is congruent designs:  every item that NPC’s can collect is iconic and clean as too are character templates.  JetSet has an unhurried, well thought out graphic model that in its price range is unique.

However, it does not rely solely on its strong visual representation to lug its weight.  Cleverly thought out announcements humorously flow in and out of gameplay at precise times.  It is hard not to laugh but laughing is not a safe option:  JetSet gets furious and soon.  You must remain nimbly in control of your pickings and choosings or your game will be cut short by human rights violations, security violations or the growing queue.  Remember:  no laughing.

JetSet somewhat successfully brings another element into the game that most TD, Puzzle and Memory game combined genres are unable gather:  online wuffie.  You will battle the queue and your own memorisation skills only to find that no matter how good or bad you are, there is always someone else who is, well – better or worse.  I said ‘somewhat successfully’ as even with a perfectly set up account, JetSet was unable to detect that I live near Pearson International Airport YYZ, Toronto.  Looking back, I count it a blessing.  My best score was outlived on the bottom by the laziest security officer in Ontario and I won’t even start with the top.  You do not only compete with the entire server, but within local area airports as well – everyone can create an avatar and have their scores uploaded to a local sector.  It is much easier to stomach a score of last place out of three (Pearson) than no place out of one hundred (World rankings).

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Canada slighted again: no airport found?

After all of the fun I have had with JetSet, I am confused about a very important aspect of their marketing.  Is this game really for airports?  Many of us travel quite often.  We get up early, having packed our bags either days or minutes in advance and with trepidation, leave for the airport.  After checking in, perhaps we read a newspaper, listen to music or drink heavily till boarding time.  But is there really an audience who would love to prolong the airport feeling or intensify it whilst at the airport? Would business travellers prefer to play this simple security simulation or would they rather try bone up on their business, a good book or an iPod movie?  As a father or mother, would you prefer to play and be reminded of the gift you forgot and cannot go back for or just blissfully continue on in ignorance?  Or the filmjölk you are smuggling?

I’m sure the answer will vary hugely from person to person, but I know that from personal experience that dates back to when I was eight years old, I’d rather stay away from airports while in airport.  That said, I think this game deserves a special spot for adding new spice into multi-genre games and polish that unfortunately the App Store has been devoid of lately.

4,99$ JetSet:  A Game for Airports - Persuasive Games LLC

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  • http://www.persuasivegames.com Ian Bogost

    This is an awesome review, thanks for it.

    As for your copy’s issue finding Pearson airport, you really do have to be *in* the airport, or very nearby, for it to “count” from the game’s perspective. I know YYZ works because I’ve tested the game there :-) .

  • shigzeo

    Thank you Ian. I actually have a bit more to finish on this ‘review’ but enjoy the game. I see, that JetSet may indeed by the first game I have reviewed that is in a sense, iPhone only as I cannot afford to play this game and use location services on their 6.99$ per hour wifi!

    Thank you

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  • http://iphone.appspatrol.com iPhone app reviews

    Here is a game that simulates what it is like to have one of the most stressful possible jobs. Is there a system for who gets passed security and with what? Of course, and a highly complex one at that. I see a potential danger in people who take this game seriously. That danger being that they may feel excessive pride in knowing what should or should not be allowed to come on an airplane, and the subsequent blows to their ego when their spirited rants at the real security personnel results in some unpleasant detaining.

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