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

Barry Steakfries is a gramophone-making company's salesman, with the buisiness 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 a trip (in another words, "Jetpack Joyride") throughout the entire laboratory and its endless corridoors. 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 time-limited events: Classic (Zappy Bird, Cut & Run, Bling It On! and Hygiene), Crossovers (Back to the Future, Metal Slug, Star Trek and Ghostbusters) and Holidays (Christmas, Lunar New Year, Saint Patrick's Day, Easter, Piratesnote  and Halloween).

Also has an India-exclusive version and Jetpack Joyride Arcade, an arcade redemption game made by Adrenaline Amusements. A board game adaptation by Lucky Duck Games was released in 2019. See also two rock opera music videos, Jetpack Joyride Shorts - A series of story-based animated shorts and finally, Barry Vlog - Barry's own video blog.

A sequel, titled Jetpack Joyride 2: Bullet Rush was soft launched in early 2021 with global release coming later same year.


This game provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Mc Coolname: Barry Steakfries.
  • 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, Sleigh of Awesome, Chariot of Harmony, 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.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Where Barry and Craig hang out in some of the Jetpack Joyride Shorts episodes. It's owned by Really Bad Corp.
  • Badass Beard: The Knight Helmet gives Barry one, which is emphasized by it's description.
    "The helmet is impressive, but look at that beard! Sir Barrington the third would be proud."
  • 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."
  • Big Bad: Professor Brains from Age of Zombies is revealed as the creator of Legitimate Research in Level 2. He then serves as the main antagonist for the rest of the Jetpack Joyride Shorts and one of the bosses in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Any available jetpack, really. This is interesting, since in Monster Dash, the Machine Gun jetpack actually had limited ammunition.
  • 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 rockets. 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.
  • 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 Cows:
    • When equipped with the Twister Jetpack, cows will occasionally show up in the hallway.
    • You can even get a cow strapped to your back as a jetpack named "Big Bertha".
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • I Call It "Vera": The shotgun that Barry uses while riding the "Bad As Hog" (He uses it more frequently in other Video Games) is named "Barry the Gun" in 38th episode of the Vlog.
  • 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: Scientists, though they don't harm the player.
  • Mooks but No Bosses: At least in the first game. Jetpack Joyride Shorts and the sequel feature resident Big Bad, 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.
  • Mook–Face Turn: Oddly enough, 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.
  • 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 as a jetpack.
  • 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: Several of the purchasable items and their flavor text deliver these.
    • To other Halfbrick games:
      • The Sensei's Threads and the accompanying headband serve as a reference to Fruit Ninja.
      "Now take good care of this suit. It took forever to get the fruit stains out, and no way are we cleaning it again."
      • Related to above, there's the Cut & Run event, which has Barry (wearing aformentioned headband and threads) slicing as many fruits as possible in a time limit.
      • The Blast-Off Jetpack is designed like the rocket used in Halfbrick's Blast-Off.
      • The Colossatron skin for Mr. Cuddles is a reference to Colossatron: Massive World Threat. One of the unlockable daily S.A.M. rewards is General Moustache's outfit.
      • Zombie T-Rex (A Lil' Stomper skin) is the first boss from Age of Zombies. Accomplaining "Holy Balls!" delivered in flavour text is actually what Barry says in that game upon encountering him for the first time.
      • Profit Bird has the Mecha Micro skin, based on Micro the Whale from Fish Out of Water. Flash a rides mechanical version of Olympus, another character from this game.
      • Raskull King makes an appearance as one of the clothing sets, originally released to promote Magic Brick Wars.
      • Josie is unlocked as a costume after completing the tutorial in Battle Racing Stars.
    • The Powered Up Hair and the Super Suit. The Flavor Text for the first is "We're not sure what the Power Level of this hair is. It's probably a lot," and it even costs 9001 coins. Best when riding Mr. Cuddles. Or Cloud Nine.
    • In a similar fashion, Lovely Lunar Locks and Lunar Scout Outfit.
    • Barry's undercover female disguise, "Mrs. Doubtfries."
    • One head/body pair makes a Barry-Terminator (not to mention riding the Bad As Hog makes you blast nearby scientists with a shotgun).
    • There's even a suit that makes Barry dressed like Neo.
    • Wonder Tiara and Wonder Pants as a homage to Wonder Woman.
    • The Heartbreak Hair and the Jailhouse Jacket obviously alludes to Elvis Presley.
    • Raider's Fedora and Jacket Of Doom heavily resemble Indiana Jones.
    • The Twister Jetpack catches cows that occasionally spawn in the lab when equipped.
    "Rated at F3 on the Fujita Scale, this jetpack is capable of relocating an entire house over the rainbow."
    • The Profit Bird sure looks like the red Angry Bird. It also looks like the main protagonists of Tiny Wings, another bestselling iOS game featuring birds (the Profit Bird Flash uses is blue, making it look even more like the Tiny Wings bird). And it even makes sounds similar to the ones the Birds make. Even better, it spews out money from the back when the wings flap, and opens eats beak when collecting coins, referencing success of said games. There's even an achievement called "Angry Wings" for getting the Profit Bird twice in one run.
      • The bird's controls are similar to a Flappy Bird being overburdened with money. This is actually Hilarious in Hindsight, since Profit Bird came first, but the game would be referenced later with the Zappy Bird Event. It has Barry riding bird through infinite corridor of zappers, placed in similar fashion as pipes and getting hit by them is an instant game over. Unlike Flappy Bird, however, you can touch floor and celling.
    • The achievement for knocking over 1000 scientists is called "For Science," and its icon resembles the logo for Aperture Science.
    • The Gravity Suit references a game called Gravity Guy.
    • The achievement for buying two jetpacks is called James Who?
    • The Barrybox, a TARDIS-like skin for the Crazy Freaking Teleporter. It's even lampshaded in a trailer which puts the skin next to a "Doctor" costume Barry can get through the S.A.M. challenge.
    • Version 1.7.3's description for Magnet Man says Magnets: how do they work?
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Barry's said to have a "Shirt-Ripping Disease", and it shows. According to one of his Vlog videos, this came from his family and has been spanning for generations.
    • Averted with Barry's stitched up suit, and double subverted in the official music video, where he needs 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 Event, where the run starts with player character sliding down the fire pole.
  • 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 and a Metal Slug.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Barry can become one of these when equipped with the makeup and purple dress. See Shout-Out.
  • 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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