Before the days of online gaming, a multiplayer experience involved piling a group of friends together on a couch, or hauling over computer towers, monitors and a mess of cables to set up a LAN party. Nowadays, you can hop into almost any game with someone around the world in a matter of seconds to get your multiplayer fix. But, there’s something nostalgic about playing a competitive game with people in the same room, something that you just can’t get over the internet.
Hyper Jam is looking to take it old school, not just with the visuals and killer synthwave soundtrack, but with fantastic, competitive couch co-op. The team at Bit Dragon, developers of Hyper Jam, poured a lot of passion into this game, and it’s known from the moment the funky, atmospheric soundtrack hits your ears.
Hyper Jam is classified as an arena
The addition of draftable perks is what sets Hyper Jam apart from other arena brawlers. At the end of each round, scores are tallied, and everybody is ranked from highest to lowest based on their performance. The person in
One issue that arose from the perk system is a sort of rubber-banding effect (seen in other competitive games such as Mario Kart) that occurs naturally by giving the person in last place the first pick during the perk draft, often leading to a somewhat level playing field. What ended up occurring in many matches was a constant leap-frogging of the individual in first place. It ensured matches lasted longer, and really gave the sense that you could come back, even from
During combat, there are also a host of weapons that will drop during play, leading to frantic moments. Each weapon feels
Currently, there are six levels to choose from in Hyper Jam, each with specific obstacles, like walls, ledges or pits that one must avoid while scrambling around the map. Each level has a distinctive retro 80’s-inspired feel ranging from a lush, Miami hotel to the neon-soaked Neo-Tokyo subway. While the available levels are well-made, it would be nice to see some more variety in the aesthetic, as four out of six of them feel too similar.
There are also four playable characters in Hyper Jam,
Hyper Jam really excels in delivering fast, action-packed gameplay in a relatively short amount of time. Each round lasts about a minute or less, with matches lasting anywhere between five to ten minutes. After playing for
Tight, fluid combat with a variety of different weapons will lend for hours of fun with friends or against opponents online. The perk drafting system is a unique take on the arena brawler
Not enough variety between the levels, with many of them looking very similar. The four playable characters feature nothing more than a cosmetic difference, which seems like a missed opportunity. Hyper Jam is also suffering from a lack of different game modes. The only options available are changing the target score, both locally and online. While the perk system is unique, consistently offering the lowest-ranked player the first choice leads to a naturally-
Hyper Jam delivers a concentrated shot of nostalgia with its neon-colored aesthetics and ’80s-inspired