Gabriel Koenig of Ghost Time Games developed one of the year’s most striking indie games – Jettomero: Hero of the Universe. In this unique title, you star as the hapless, oversized, and rather clumsy robot Jettomero who has decided to save humanity. He’s a sweet-natured mechanical monstrosity and, as he bumbles about the place, apologises for some of the destruction he causes.
You can’t help but immediately love Jettomero and his efforts, which is a terrific way to start any video game. This aside, the title is visually stunning, there’s a lovely soundtrack, plus it’s (although short) a charming little game which is also cheap and packs some meaning into its message. It’s available right now on Steam and Xbox One – here’s why you should give it some consideration.
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe
There’s a touch of the wonderful Super Mario Galaxy in the game’s core gameplay mechanics, as you jet about from planet to planet drifting in and out of orbits. At each location, you can bumble about the place collecting fuel cells, apologising for any destruction you cause as you go along, piece together the sorry nuclear mishaps which have befallen humanity, and take on giant robots Godzilla style to defeat them.
The controls are a little awkward to get used to at first, but you’re soon on your way. We particularly love, as you jet about the Universe, the music which surges on as you hit the jetpack button – it’s got a real purpose to it, as with with endearing Jettomero, and we really get ourselves in gear when we hear it.
It’s a fun little game and we can’t get enough of Jettomero’s polite attitude – he’s decided to save humans and, as he arrives on each planet, he proclaims his intentions and how he’ll be careful and hopes not to destroy anything. Inevitably, as he’s so clumsy, he demolishes quite a lot of buildings and emphatically apologises for this as he does so, with human ships buzzing around his head gunning at him as he does so.
Jettomero offers a simple, intuitive concept which, once again, highlights the magic of indie games – it doesn’t last longer than it needs to, it leaves an indelible emotional impact, it’s cute, fun, Jettomero is adorable, and there’s a learned warning about human behaviour right there as well. For a mere £10 you can’t really go wrong – it’s mechanised prophesying and it’s all carried out rather marvellously.