200th Game Review Special, Part 2: Full Yellow Jacket

Because the associated grades are smack dab in the middle of my grading scale, yellow scores are probably the most diverse when it comes my stance on recommending them. While a 4/10 would be an unlikely recommendation at best, a 6/10 is effectively an honorable mention. Remember that, unlike what you may have experienced in school, 5/10 is average on my scale. Anyway, here are the games that, for all intents and purposes, neither passed nor failed.

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Jumper Two

Fledging independent game developer Maddy Thorson made her first significant mark on the medium in February of 2004 in the form of Jumper. Though not quite her debut effort, it was the first one she felt worth mentioning in retrospect. This minimalization of the platforming games she grew up with was highly praised in the independent circuit. Shortly after the release of Jumper, she teamed up with another Game Maker-user who went by the name Dex. The game that resulted from their collaboration, Dim, drew a lot of inspiration from Jumper while also giving its protagonist the ability to hop between dimensions in a manner reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This game also found an audience and would be referenced in later editions of the Jumper level editor. As Ms. Thorson gained more experience programming, she used what he learned to fine tune the physics in Jumper and create a sequel. This game, simply entitled Jumper Two, was released in June of 2004 – a mere four months after the release of the original. Being her third game in the span of a year, what does Jumper Two bring to the table?

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