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Jetpack Joyride is an interesting and addicting little mobile game developed by Halfbrick Studios, free for download on iOS, Android, PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Playstation Vita, and Windows 8 (formerly).

Our protagonist, Barry Steakfries is a down-on-his-luck gramophone salesman, with the business about to go bankrupt from low sales. One day, he finds a secret laboratory of "Legitimate Research" and sees their newly invented Machine Gun Jetpack. Excited for what he could do with it, Barry steals it and goes on the adventure throughout the entire laboratory and its Endless Corridors. As that last part implies, the goal is to travel as far as you can without dying.

This is the third game to feature Barry Steakfries as the protagonist, following Age of Zombies and Monster Dash, but it's apparently a prequel to both of them. After several updates, the game has coins, outfits, different jetpacks, various upgrades, gadgets and achievements. List of all jetpacks, outfits and vehicle skins as of December 2019 can be found here.


Currently, the game has several Temporary Online Content events: Classic (Zappy Bird, Cut & Run, Bling It On! and Hygiene), Crossovers (Back to the Future, Metal Slug, Star Trek, Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Holidays (Christmas, Lunar New Year, Saint Patrick's Day, Easter, Piratesnote  and Halloween).

Also has an India-exclusive version and an arcade redemption game made by Adrenaline Amusements. A board game adaptation by Lucky Duck Games was released in 2019. A sequel, titled Jetpack Joyride 2 was soft launched in early 2021 and released on Apple Arcade in 2022.


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    Tropes A-M 
  • All There in the Manual: There are evil scientists who want to take over the world and Barry breaks into their secret laboratory to use their own inventions against them. Either that or Barry just broke into the laboratory simply to steal the jetpack they just invented.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: After a mishap by Barry involving helping the scientists rig their Christmas decorations into a dubstep performance caused Santa to get a seizure, Barry and Flash take the Sleigh of Awesome to go deliver the presents. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Announcer Chatter: For Metal Slug Event, there's the announcer from Metal Slug X-Advance, used whenever player starts and ends the round, equips one of the jetpacks based on Metal Slug weapons or one of the Protagonists' outfits from the shop or gets a vehicle.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Marty McFly Head's description:
    You will feel like a time travelling teenager who is going back to the future to deal with bullies, parents and poor fashion choices.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • Any time you gain/lose a vehicle, end a boost, or anything else you have little control over, a shockwave bursts out that blows away/deactivates every hazard onscreen to avoid cheap deaths.
    • In "Smash the wall several times" challenge, using the Free Ride with the Crazy Freakin' Teleporter still counts towards the progression.
  • Author Avatar: Some of the costumes are based on the developers of the game, though they are usually added when the developer leaves the company, with Honest Phil being the only exception. Other costumes are Harwood, Tall Pete and Prince Ali.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
  • Background Music Override:
    • Every time S.A.M. gets activated, the music changes to a Dubstep remix. Its skins come with different themes.
    • Colossatron, Bone Dragon, Chinese Dragon, Frost Wyvern, Mecha Micro, Dullahan, Celtic Teleporter, Sleigh of Awesome, Chariot of Harmony, Sleigh of Gingerbread, Wave Rider and Brazen Barnacle vehicles all have their own themes as well.
    • Equipping DJ Barry as a "head" replaces main theme with the one used for S.A.M (The aforementioned Dubstep Remix).
    • Hardwood Head also overrides the main theme with a unique track.
  • Badass Biker: Barry when riding on the Bad As Hog.
  • Balloonacy: The DIY Jetpack. See Improvised Jetpack bellow.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: The Wooden Barrel is the cheapest "suit" in the game.
    "Nothing says 'stock market crash' like wearing a barrel instead of clothes."
  • Bizarrchitecture: The laboratory has a randomly generated interior. Some backdrops depict what you'd expect, a laboratory with test tubes everywhere, posters on the walls, and scientists working. Then we have some parts of the lab that depict it being situated underneath a volcano, in the English/ Welsh countryside, underwater, and in a cave full of gold.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Barry is a Heroic Comedic Sociopath who loves causing chaos, but his opponents are a gang of Mad Scientists with nefarious intentions.
  • Bling of War: The gold vehicle upgrades make the vehicles look pretty and shiny. There's also a gold and platinum version of the Machinegun Jetpack, the Shark Head and the Rainbow Jetpack, Golden Top Hat and Golden Suit. Most of the aforementioned items can be obtained by playing Bling It On! event.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Killing the scientists leads to blood-free dismemberment.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: If the player is low on coins, they can get massive amounts of them by buying them with real money. Additionally, the player can earn in-game rewards by watching advertisements.
  • Bullet Time: Rocket Time, a power-up that slows down time an makes player dodge slow-moving purple missiles. Dodging all of them rewards you with a vehicle. Thankfully, touching a rocket doesn't kill you.
  • Canine Companion: Flash the Robot Dog, who helps player to obtain coins and tokens, knocks over scientists and rides various vehicles alongside Barry.
  • Character in the Logo: Most versions of the game's logo feature Barry flying on the jetpack.
  • Company Cameo: There's a formation of coins that spells out "HB", short for creators Halfbrick Studios.
  • Cool Bike: Back from Monster Dash, The Bad As Hog.
  • Cowardly Mooks: The scientists are easy to scare off by activating the jetpack or riding in a vehicle. However some jetpacks (Like the Rainbow jetpack, DIY jetpack and Golden Piggy Pack) subvert this, as the scientists aren't fazed by them.
  • Critical Existence Failure: The Strong Arm Machine (S.A.M). If it gets hit by one or two missiles, it will look damaged, but it still remains fully functional and it won't lose speed. If it gets hit by a third missile however, it all goes down.
  • Defictionalization: In-Universe example, according to the Colossatron skin's description:
    "The scientists enjoyed playing Colossatron on their phones so much that they decided to make an exact 1/4 scale replica!"
  • Dem Bones: One clothing set is simply Barry's skeleton. Another set is based off of the King from Raskulls. Finally, there is Bone Dragon as a skin for Mr. Cuddles.
  • Difficulty by Acceleration: The power-up vehicles usually dial back the scroll speed to give the player a chance to adjust to the change in controls. Depending on how far the player's current run lasts, the speed may decrease or increase again on losing the vehicle.
  • Dissimile: The flavor text for the Golden Gravity Suit.
    "Just like a gold bar, except it's a gravity-manipulating cyber suit."
  • Distracted by the Sexy: During the Back to the Future trailer depicting Barry trying (and failing) to get cast as Marty McFly, a take of the scene in 1955 where Marty has to push teenage George away from Lorraine's father's car after the branch he was on while spying on an undressing Lorraine broke. The scene flops because Barry kept looking at Lorraine and George got hit.
  • Dracula: Count Jetpackula - one of the skins for Gravity Suit. It even has Barry turning into a bat when he flies up.
  • Endless Corridor:
    • Legitimate Research is hilariously long laboratory. According to Level 2 it took Barry years to get through the entire building. Professor Brains' idea was that nobody could jetpack to the end.
    • Brains' fellow friends from Really Bad Corp have their own incredibly long labs, such as "Mountain Labyrinth" and "Arctic Reactor". Jetpack Joyride 2 is all about Barry infiltrating them. Just like Legitimate Research, all of them are a straight line.
  • Energy Weapon: Sometimes, laser grids will show up. The less-conventional variant of zappers show up as the game's primary obstacle.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: The Rainbow Jetpack, natch. It is harmless and doesn't scare the scientists.
  • Faceless Goons: The Scientisis working at the lab have faces that are never seen. Even with X-Ray Specs.
  • Fartillery: Sir Einhorn Jetpack. It's a unicorn that farts rainbows.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Mr. Cuddles, the giant fire-breathing robot dragon.
  • Flying on a Cloud: Barry can ride one with the Cloud Nine skin for Mr. Cuddles.
  • Follow the Money: Coin formations are everywhere, with one of the possible shapes being an arrow. They may also spell out various phrases such as "BARRY", "COINS!!!", and "HB".
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite directly opposing each other, many of the scientists get along with Barry really well. One mission requires "high-fiving" them in a friendly manner, Barry was seen helping them decorate their lab in Christmas trailer and Jetpack Joyride Shorts has Craig, who becomes one of Barry's friends, although still works for Legitimate Research. He returns in Jetpack Joyride 2, providing the tutorial and giving the occasional dialogue.
  • Funny Background Event: When the scientists run away from you, some will be unfortunate enough to run into a zapper and knock themselves out.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The largest vehicle in the game is the Strong Arm Machine.
    • Also, achievements: Alpha Charlie Echo for flying over 2 kms, and Romeo Alpha Delta for flying over 5 kms.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Some scientists wear gas masks, while other have a Hazmat Suit on.
  • Harmless Enemy: The scientists never try to harm Barry themselves. They use zappers, lasers and rockets instead.
  • Headless Horseman: Barry becomes this when riding the Dullahan vehicle skin, which was directly based on the Trope Maker.
  • Heroic Mime: Barry in-game. Averted in pretty much every other media he appears in.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: See all those jetpacks, gadgets and vehicles? They all were created by scientists of Legitimate Research for various purposes. Now they're being used against them.
  • Hot-Blooded: Barry's primary motivation for stealing the jetpack was for the thrill of it.
  • Humongous Mecha: The S.A.M. is of the variety with tank treads instead of legs.
  • Improvised Jet Pack: There is a lot of custom jetpacks. Even the starting one qualifies, as it uses the recoil of the guns to propel you upwards. The other examples, such as the bubble gun jetpack, the snow machine jetpack and especially the DIY jetpack (which is just a balloon strapped to Barry's back) also count.
  • Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: The Freeze-O-Matic gadget. It freezes Barry (albeit for few seconds) and nearby scientists. It's useful to get additional distance after game over. The Frost Wyvern's breath has the same effect.
  • Jetpack: ...we'll let you figure this one out.
  • Joke Item: The Nerd Repellent. It makes all the scientists disappear, leaving cobwebs and tumbleweeds in their place, and offers no direct gameplay benefits. However, it can come in handy if you have a mission that requires you to not harm scientists. There is also a mission that requires you to buy and use the Nerd Repellent.
  • Mechanical Seahorse: One of the skins for the Lil' Stomper from the Pirate event.
  • Mooks but No Bosses: At least in this game. Jetpack Joyride Shorts and the sequel feature the Big Bad of the series, Professor Brains, complete with few boss battles against him. Barry himself lampshades this in one of the dialogues in Jetpack Joyride 2, with Brains teasing that he was in the original game all along, and the reason Barry never met him there was because his score wasn't high enough.
  • More Dakka:
    • The Machine Gun Jetpack is propelled by recoil alone.
    • The Shark Head Jetpack also, having been salvaged and modified from a classic warplane.
    • Of cource, there's also golden variants of both aformentioned jetpacks.
    • Metal Slug Crossover introduced the Heavy Machine Gun jetpack, which is, well, a "HEAVYYYY MACHINE GUN!" stuffed in a green backpack and used for aviation purposes.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The game takes a lot of elements from Monster Dash, including Machine Gun Jetpack itself and the Bad As Hog, which plays exactly like it did in the previous game with shooting now being an automatic action.
    • One of the backgrounds depicts Legitimate Research in Zombie Metropolis, one of several locations from Monster Dash. During halloween, the laboratory takes place in another location from said game - Vampire Kingdom.
    • One of the Lil' Stomper skins is a Zombie T-Rex, first boss of Age of Zombies. Accomplaining "Holy Balls!" delivered in flavor text is actually what Barry says in that game upon encountering it for the first time.
    • One of the clothing sets can turn Barry into a zombie, which looks exactly like how they were depicted in two previous games.

    Tropes N-Z 
  • New Game+: After completing level 15 "Barry" in the ranks, a medal is awarded and the player start over with the same set of ranks and the same coin rewards for each rank, except the levels will start from 16 (and on subsequent cycles, 31, 46, 61, etc.) After getting to level 1875 and collecting all 125 medals, the player can start collecting more sets of medals.
  • Number of the Beast: The Devilish Horns's description mentions that it will "make you at least 66.6% more likely to be naughty while adorning them".
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Barry is one, as well as all of the vehicles except S.A.M., which takes three hits instead.
  • Origins Episode: Serves as one to Monster Dash, explaining how the Machine Gun jetpack (and the Bad As Hog) came to be.
  • Perma-Stubble: Barry has one. Some of the swappable heads qualify too.
  • Power-Up Mount: Vehicles work like this. By breaking rainbow gear boxes, you can access one of the vehicles mentioned below. Each has it's own control scheme and lasts until Barry gets hit by an obstacle:
  • Play Every Day: Daily S.A.M. challenges. Collecting 3 S.A.M. tokens will reward player with revives, head starts or coins. On day 5, the player is rewarded with a costume piece, which can only be obtained through In-App Purchase otherwise.
  • Recoil Boost: The default jetpack is actually two machine guns you wear and use like a jetpack.
  • Robot Me: Robo-Barry. In Jetpack Joyride Shorts, he was created by Professor Brains, who comes to realisation, that the only thing that can defeat Barry is his own Evil Knockoff who imitates the original in every single way. This backfires, as two become friends to each other, since Brains made Robo-Barry too much like the original.
  • Rule of Cool: A jetpack with an impractical modification is being tested in a lab. It's then stolen by a bored door-to-door salesman.
  • Rule of Fun: You'd think that after stealing the jetpack, Barry would then walk out of the laboratory. Nah, he decides to still run through it.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Barry, as always. Averted with Barry's Stitched Up Suit, and double subverted in the official music video, where he asks the Tailor for some new shirt sleeves, but doesn't need them in the end, anyways. Watching the music video in the game rewards you with that suit. If you die while wearing it, the sleeves fly off.
  • Spelling Bonus: Collecting the letters for S-A-M activates the Strong Arm Machine.
  • Tank Goodness: The SV-001. Being a Lil' Stomper skin, it retains its amazing jumping abilities, but uses its vulcan miniguns for slow descending and goes down in one hit instead of three.
  • Temporary Online Content: Downplayed, as some jetpacks, outfits and skins for vehicles are temporary rewards in the events and/or can only be obtained through In-App Purchases for a limited time bundles, but all of them return for specific events and for Christmas, when players can get every bundle from the respective year.
  • Tempting Fate: There's a sign by the selected jetpack that states quite clearly, "Do Not Steal." Guess how every single run starts.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: Can be invoked with the Thanksgiving bundle, which includes Roasted Turkey Jetpack, Turkey Head, Turkey Body and Profit Turkey skin for Profit Bird.
  • There Was a Door: You start each run by blowing up the wall and nicking the jetpack.
    • There is an achievement for subverting this though, gotten by using the Free Ride gadget and having it give a Crazy Freaking Teleporter.
    • Averted in Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles events, where the run starts with player character sliding down the fire pole and jumping out of the sewer pipe.
  • Terminator Impersonator: One of the "clothing sets" is a robot head and robot body for Barry, which look similar to the Terminator robots. Not only that, one of the Powerup Mounts is the "Bad As Hog", where he rides on a hog bike while wielding a shotgun a-la the T-800.
  • Universal Driver's License: Barry takes this to utterly ridiculous extremes. He can competently pilot a jetpack, a Cool Bike, a mechanical super stomper, a gravity-manipulating cyber suit, a flying, firebreathing, robotic hybrid dragon, a teleporter, a coin-eating robot bird, the DeLorean Time Machine, the Ecto-1, the Voyager Shuttlecraft and a Metal Slug.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Barry can become one of these when equipped with the Make Up and Purple Dress.
  • X-Ray Vision: X-Rays Specs. With this gadget equipped, you can see what's inside vehicle pickups. It also allows you to see the scientists' underwear.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The descriptions for the Angelic Hair and Angelic Threads.
    Angelic Hair: "Thou doth haveth heavenly golden hair. Let it flow, thyne angelic one."
    Angelic Threads: "And thou doth haveth angelic gowns and an angelic harp. Blessed be the children."


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Barry's girlfriend breaks up with him because of how wrapped up he is in fighting scientists with his jetpack.

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