Super Chicken Jumper (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC, Mobile)

Aliens have invaded Earth so the President sends out her secret weapon: a chicken!  Super Chicken Jumper is a continuous runner with 8-bit styled retro graphics.  Play as a chicken as you run, jump, defeat bosses, and collect power-ups and items to help you keep going further.  It’s available on pretty much anything you can play a game on, but reviewed on PS4 here.

There’s a story mode where you must travel a certain distance in stages to progress, but you can also unlock extra challenge modes and endless stages.  In story mode, the stages are short and you can view your progress at the bottom of the screen and when you make it to the end, you can move onto the next stage.  You can run and jump, and later on you can wear hats that give you special skills, like a propeller beanie that lets you jump a little higher.  You can also equip weapons like knives and guns that you can activate with another button to defeat enemies and deflect projectiles.  You can pick up power-ups like a mushroom that makes you temporarily big and invincible for a few seconds, or a bomb that destroys everything on screen.  Just watch out for the poison mushroom that makes you glitch out for a bit!  At the end of a set of levels you’ll fight a boss while running, too!  All the stages are randomly generated, so it’ll be a different run each time.

I do like the retro graphics and the music is pretty good, too.  But this is one of the hardest continuous runners I’ve ever played and I didn’t make it too far in this one.  So that’s my only main problem with this game.  For experienced players who want a challenge only!

Kid Factor:

Super Chicken Jumper is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptors of Blood and Violence.  I really didn’t notice too much blood, and when you get hit you’ll just fly off the screen.  Defeated bosses do blow up in chunks, though, but the retro visuals negate a lot of the gory violence.  There isn’t a ESRB descriptor on it, but some of the cutscenes have some slightly suggestive themes, too.  Because of this and the high challenge level, I’d say it’s best for older players only.

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