“Jazzpunk” parodies espionage games with its bizarre sense of humor

BY AUGUSTA GAILEY, Contributing Writer

In an age of gaming where large production companies focus on high definition graphics and cinematics, “Jazzpunk” is complete and total nonsense, and it is glorious.

Set in an alternative Cold War reality, the game is a comedy-adventure parody of every spy and espionage game to date that focuses on open-world exploration with over-the-top comedic gadgets inspired by old school cartoons and spoof films.

Set in 2021, you play as Agent Polyblank, a member of a secret American organization who is tasked with spying on the Russian Consulate and bringing corporate bigwigs to justice, among other things.

The game keeps these mission themes throughout the story, though it throws in so many extras and mini-missions that sometimes you might forget just what you were tasked with doing in the first place.

“Jazzpunk” also delves into a psychological aspect as you take a pill of Missionoyl™ at the start of each new assignment.

Is it real? Is it a simulation? Are you the spy? Are you the one being spied on? Make it to the end of the game and perhaps you’ll find out.

“Jazzpunk” was developed and published by Necrophone Games and Adult Swim Games, and it has above average ratings from both players and reviewers.

The game is very simple and the open concept offers hours of enjoyable play, even though the actual story is relatively short, consisting of four missions.

In fact, if you only played the missions you would be missing out on the majority of charm that “Jazzpunk” possesses.

In total, with all of the content, the game runs about three and a half hours long.

It’s the perfect length for taking a break and relaxing when more serious games like TellTale’s “The Walking Dead” and Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed IV” begin to grind on your senses, or for when you’ve finished that book test for Pleysier that you forgot you had and just feel awful. “Jazzpunk” is light hearted and comedic, a perfect pick-me-up.

The graphic and play style would be similar for anyone who has played games such as Blendo Games’ “Gravity Bone” and “Thirty Flights of Loving” or Galactic Cafe’s “The Stanley Parable.”

The characters are polygons that remind you of bowling balls, almost everything is breakable and the over the top scenery is beautiful to look at.

“Jazzpunk” was released for Windows, Mac and Linux on Feb. 7 and is available through the developer’s website at necrophonegames.com and on Steam for $14.99.

I highly recommend you pick it up and see why PC Gamer is calling it “the funniest game in years.”