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Jetpack is a Puzzle Platformer for MS-DOS designed by Adam Pedersen. Originally released in 1993 as shareware by Software Creations, the game is now available as freeware.

The object of the game is for you to grab all the Emerald Gems in each single-screen level without getting killed by enemies or the occasional trap. To assist with this task, you are equipped with a phase shifter beam that can take out bricks (but not enemies), and, of course, a Jet Pack.

Not to be confused with the unrelated (apart from them both containing jet packs) game Jetpac.


Tropes appearing in this game:

  • Christmas Episode: Has a Christmas demo version where Santa has to deliver presents instead of collect gems.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Randomly appearing power-ups can sometimes drastically alter a level. For example, a half-tank of fuel when you weren't supposed to have any, or temporary invulnerability when facing a trapped shortcut.
  • Excited Show Title!: The Christmas demo version is titled Jetpack Christmas Special!
  • Frictionless Ice: Some platforms are coated with slippery ice.
  • Jet Pack: Allows for Video Game Flight.
  • Jump Physics: You can jump (and control your falling direction) when the Jet Pack is out of fuel, but jumping is slow and gains only one block in height.
  • Level Editor: The game lets players create their own custom levels.
  • Level Goal: Each level is exited by double doors that open once all the Emerald Gems are collected.
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  • One Hitpoint Wonder: All enemies and traps will kill the player in one hit.
  • One-Word Title: The name of the game is the name of some of your equipment: a Jet Pack.
  • Segmented Serpent: The so-called Marble Worm. It's actually not a single enemy but a bunch of Steel Balls lined up in a row, though they can't be separated.
  • Shout-Out: Some of the levels are inspired by popular video games, like "Jetpac" and "Kong Pack".
  • Spikeballs Of Doom: There are small spikeball enemies that move diagonally and bounce off walls.
  • Tele-Frag: With phase-shifting rather than regular teleportation, but the results are similar. Most blocks will only stay phase-shifted for a short time, and getting entombed in a reappearing one is fatal. For the player, anyway; monsters will just be immobilized.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Teleport squares link to other teleport squares of the same color. Enemies always take them, but the player has the option of whether or not to.
  • Title Drop: The level that spells out the game title.
  • Video Game Flight: You can use the Jet Pack to fly, but you have to find fuel for it. Some levels contain no fuel at all.


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