Jet Kave Adventure Review
With dozens of action/platformers on consoles to choose from these days, it's hard to determine where to spend your hard-earned money when you're looking for something fresh. Jet Kave Adventure from the developers at 7Levels is one of those many titles that can easily get lost in the crowd of games on Xbox One, Xbox X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC. But after spending a few hours playing as a stone age dweller, running through the game's 36 levels in four zones, how does the game stack up among others in this highly popular genre? Let's find out.
In Jet Kave Adventure, you play as a caveman named-- wait for it... Kave, a chief of his tribe until he was banished. Kave wanders out into the wild and stumbles upon an alien who's trying to repair its crashed ship. When the alien sees Kave, it attacks then flees toward the Volcano in the far, far distance where a new energy crystal awaits to make the ship whole. Kave needs to get to the volcano to stop the alien from gathering the crystal and destroying earth, but first he must get past nature's monsters and the alien's traps if he is to save the world. Along his way, Kave finds-- wait for it... a jetpack, and is ready to take on the man-eating creatures that lie in his path.
Each zone represents a different theme from desert, beach, jungle and volcanic filled with giant bugs, dinosaurs, and other various creatures that want to give you a hard time. And each is vividly presented with beautiful textures and graphics, that pop out with bright colors and striking designs.
The first thing that comes to mind when playing a platformer are the controls. And what's really smart about Jet Kave Adventure is it allows you to get used to the platforming controls before you get your hands on the jetpack. And just like any great platformer, Kave's controls are superb, tight, and precise. The basics are running, jumping, climbing, and attacking across 36 levels which amounts to around four hours of adventuring. When you've mastered these platforming techniques and find the jetpack, you'll gain access to flying in short bursts, ramming through loose walls, and thrusting through enemies in no time.
Each zone represents a different theme from desert, beach, jungle and volcanic filled with giant bugs, dinosaurs, and other various creatures that want to give you a hard time. And each is vividly presented with beautiful textures and graphics, that pop out with bright colors and striking designs. The game is simply gorgeous from start to finish, to the point where Jet Kave Adventure is something you'd typically only expect only from a first-party studio.
There are also a handful of boss battles throughout, but unlike the level difficulty, boss battles can be easy or difficult depending on your level still.
Each zone theme also has interactive moments that will always have you on your toes, from falling rocks, collapsing platforms, climbable vines, wall jumping and so much more. There are also a fun segments where you'll be jetpacking or gliding long distances to escape certain peril and race toward the finish line. With all of these interactive moments, I only had one complaint, and that's with certain collapsing platforms that don't reappear after crumbling. This can lead to you being stuck and your only option is to jump to your death. This would be fine if the alternative to missing the platform is death, but these instances didn't and they just left me stuck and having to kill my own character. I had a lot of fun during each zone with only a momentary slog in zone three, where it began to feel repetitive. However, that was only for a few levels, and zone four got my interest back on track.
What's refreshing about Jet Kave Adventure is its level of difficulty. This is the first game in a long time where the difficulty gradually rises from zone to zone. Unlike other similar games that go from easy to ultra hard in a matter of moments, Jet Kave Adventure allows you to have fun, while gradually raise the challenge at an appropriate rate. There are also a handful of boss battles throughout, but unlike the level difficulty, boss battles can be easy or difficult depending on your level still. For me, I had trouble with the second boss, but found the final boss way too easy.
There's a whole lot of fun to be had in Jet Kave Adventure, and some spectacular scenery to see. While you're out whacking enemies, or flying through its numerous hidden chambers, gathering collectibles and shell to upgrade Kave's weaponry and lifespan, you'll have a great time through every single level. This is definitely an experience I'll remember, and one of the best platformers I've played in the last several years.
A game code was provided for this review from the publisher for Xbox One.