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Jetpack Joyride is an interesting and addicting little game by Halfbrick Studios for the iOS and free for download on PlayStation Network and Windows 8 that stars Barry Steakfries. The goal is to travel as far as you can.

At least, it was initially.

After several updates, the game now has coins, outfits, and different jetpacks, various upgrades and gadgets, and even achievements.

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.
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  • 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.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Barry Steakfries.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical:
  • Badass Beard: The Knight Helmet and Medieval Armour give Barry one.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: The Wooden Barrel is the cheapest suit in the game.
    "Nothing says 'stock market crash' like wearing a barrel instead of clothes."
  • Bling of War: The gold vehicle upgrades make the vehicles look pretty and shiny. Also, they slightly increase the value of collected coins. There's even a gold and platinum version of the Machinegun Jetpack and the Shark Head!
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  • Bloodless Carnage: Being landed on by a vehicle or blasted by a shotgun results in a blood-free dismemberment for scientists.
  • Canine Companion: Flash the Robot Dog.
  • Chrome Champion: Robo-Barry.
  • Cool Bike: The Bad As Hog.
  • Critical Existence Failure: The Strong Arm Machine. 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:
    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.
  • 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.
  • Endless Running Game: Subverted, then played straight as of more recently. At 30,000 meters, there is an unavoidable laser wall. This is why the highest score is 30,000.
    • However, this can be bypassed with Strong Arm Machine. This means the person who topped the leaderboard is welovecerealnote , with a high score of 37,616!note  Ever since that was achieved, no other person could top that off.
  • Everything's Better with Cows:
    • When equipped with the Twister Jetpack.
    • 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.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Mr. Cuddles the Giant Fire-breathing Robot Dragon.
  • Follow the Money: Coins are everywhere, spelling out various phrases such as "BARRY", "COINS!!!", and "HB".
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Sometimes, laser grids will show up. The less-conventional variant of zappers show up as the game's primary obstacle.
  • 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, achievments: Alpha Charlie Echo for flying over 2 kms, and Romeo Alpha Delta for flying over 5 kms.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Back from Fruit Ninja, the achievement "Tee Hee Two" — Collect 69 coins.
    • The Bad As Hog; it was originally named Bad Ass Hog. The previous game in the series does use the name Badass Hog.
    • Because the music video can be watched in the game, it has Barry and the Tailor having Champagne. So yeah, that also counts.
    • The flavor text for the Zombie T-Rex exclaims "Holy balls!".
  • Heroic Mime: Barry. Averted in the rock opera videos.
  • Hot-Blooded: Barry. His 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.
  • Jerkass: Barry can be seen as this, although the scientists are evil.
  • 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.
  • Minimalist Run: Some challenges will require the player to get to a certain distance without collecting any coins.
  • 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.
  • 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, as well as all of the vehicles except S.A.M.
  • Perma-Stubble: Barry.
  • Powerup Mount: Barry has seven to choose from.
  • Recoil Boost: The default jetpack is actually a machine gun you wear and use like a jetpack.
  • Rule of Cool: A jetpack with usually 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.
    "Now take good care of this suit. It took forever to get the fruit stains out, and no way are we cleaning it again."
    • There's even a suit that makes Barry dressed like Neo.
    • The Heartbreak Hair and the Jailhouse Jacket obviously alludes to Elvis Presley.
    • 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. Even better, it spews out money from the back when the wings flap, and opens eats beak when collecting coins, referencing how much money Angry Birds has made. 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. 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.
    • 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?
    • The Blast-Off Jetpack is designed like the rocket used in another Halfbrick Studios game called Blast-Off.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Barry.
    • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: There's a sign by the selected jetpack that states quite clearly, "Do Not Steal." Guess how every single Jetpack Joyride run starts.
  • There Was A Wall: See above.
    • There is an achievement for subverting this though, gotten by using the Free Ride gadget and having it give a Crazy Freaking Teleporter.
  • 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, and a coin-eating robot bird.
  • Villain Protagonist: Barry can be seen as this. He breaks into a lab to steal a jetpack, then proceeds to use it to kill dozens or more scientists to go on a joyride.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Barry can become one of these when equipped with the makeup and purple dress. See Shout-Out.
  • 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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