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I’ve stated before that every once in a while, a game comes along that really surprises me with how good it turned out. Let me start off by saying Willy Jetman is THAT game. This game took me back to a more innocent time. Back to the days of the SNES and Sega Genesis. Back to the days before microtransactions, DLC, and day one patches. Back when games were made right the first time. I’m so excited to tell you more, so let’s dive right in, shall we?
You are the eponymous Willy Jetman, accompanied by your trusty garbage tru- er… recycling ship, Gladys. You earn an honest wage by picking up wreckage and other junk to recycle for credits. But as you venture further, you discover an oppressive corporation known as Astrocorp that is capturing and imprisoning the locals. Being the kind-hearted gentleman that you are, you seek out to rescue the captive residents and put an end to Astrocorp. Okay… maybe it just coincides with your plans to go home, but still…
The gameplay is fantastic with simple controls. Two different weapon buttons, jump, jetpack, and a button for interacting with different objects/life forms. Shoot enemies, pick up junk and take it to recycling points, fight the occasional boss, rescue the local inhabitants. Gameplay is very simple and fun. With your credits, you can upgrade your different weapons and other accessories and make them more powerful. You can also find pods that upgrade your health and stamina. In addition, there are golden idols that you can collect that grant you access to the “Peach Store” where you can unlock different rooms containing crystals (which earn you credits), pods, and even a “Bat-Willy” outfit. There are PLENTY of secrets to find in this game, which is something that will always hook me.
The bosses are challenging, but fair. They’re very pattern-based, but not to the point where they’re super simple. Once you take them down to about half health, they usually get a little bit tougher, adding in some new, more powerful attacks. Most bosses are in the form of Astrobots, robots that move along on one wheel with two arm cannons. If they touch you, it’s instant death, so watch out when they roll your way. After defeating them, you usually free another group of citizens.
The graphics are more smoothed out, but definitely give me a Sega Genesis vibe. Everything looks wonderful. And the music! Man! The music is FANTASTIC! I’m still walking around humming the main theme. Sound design is just all-around great. From the sounds of Willy walking through the grass to the jetpack taking flight to the different guns firing at enemies. Whoever designed the sound in this game is a genius.
I cannot recommend Willy Jetman enough. It took me back to a simpler time in gaming. The difficulty was perfect, the sound design was genius, the gameplay was fun, and the controls were tight. Also, while I won’t spoil anything, the ending was, although a little… okay VERY silly, was absolutely wonderful and a perfect way to end the game. If you favour yourself a retro gamer like I do, you owe it to yourself to check out Willy Jetman!
TBG Score: 10/10
Platform: Steam, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 31/01/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Shooter, Arcade
Developer: Last Chicken Games
Download link: eShop