A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the supernatural lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees, and boy does he have an axe to grind.
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Mixed (291 reviews) - 64% of the 291 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 30, 2013

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"…what are yew waiting for? Branch out, and give this charming puzzle game a try. Yule won't be sorry."
8.5/10 – Destructoid

“Verdict: Trees suck”
Internet Freaks

"…the game is solid at it’s core. Well built and full of cute animals. What more could you ask for?"
8.75/10 – Subpar Gamers

"The best thing about Jack Lumber is the story under the plaid and flying splinters of wood. Chopping down the forest to see it is great fun."
10/10 – Leviathyn

"You chop logs, and try not to chop beavers. Sometimes, there’s maple syrup."
Penny Arcade

About This Game

A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the supernatural lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees, and boy does he have an axe to grind.


Use the supernatural powers of Jack Lumber to massacre the forest in this time-warping, line-drawing, log-slicing, pun-filled lumberjacking mashup! Bust out your flannel to muster the strength and burlyness to solve the skill and logic puzzles (flannel not actually required).


Fight the forest and make Granny proud! Eff trees!

Key Features

  • Chug the blood of your foes; drink Granny's magical syrups to enhance your log-chopping powers.
  • Stack beards like you'd stack a pile of flapjacks; more beards add more challenge!
  • Poke at the adorable forest animals living in your cabin after you’ve destroyed their forest homes.
  • Unlock Infinitree Mode; chop till you drop!
  • Pining for puns? Yule love the quirky humor and piles of puns packed into Jack Lumber (alliteration is a bonus!)
  • Unlockable missions, player driven challenges, and inventive syrup power-up combos make replaying this game a real tree-t.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP2 or later
    • Processor:1 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Video card with 64mb of memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor:Intel Mac
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Video card with 64mb of memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor:1GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Video card with 64mb of memory
    • Hard Drive:400 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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74 of 88 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2013
A game like Jack Lumber was meant to be played on portable phones. Its gameplay is so shallow and its price so steep that I just can't recommend this to anyone, even if it is fun for sessions of 10 minutes.

The graphics are clearly upscaled which results in the game occasionally having blurry graphics and the sounds are actually pathetic.

The gameplay is all about cutting up trees, or pieces of lumber actually. You have to cut them up in a certain way and as fast as possible to gain enough points. At the end of a level is an animal that can be rescued by not cutting it up. Succesfully doing this will have the animal appear in your cabin. Unfortunately, it gives you no rewards and they're absolutely pointless.

Play it on your iPhone and you'll have some fun, but playing this on your PC is a waste of money.

[Rating: 60/100]
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51 of 63 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
My television is not a touchscreen.
My computer is not a phone.
This game is probably much more fun on those.
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39 of 50 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Regrettably, I have to NOT recommend this game with one exception - those who have laptops with a touchscreen or a Microsoft Surface will likely have a significantly more enjoyable time with this Fruit Ninja clone than those who have to use a mouse.

Being a Fruit Ninja variant, quick, precise swipes are necessary to maximize your score. As a result, in the more difficult levels a mouse simply will not do. This leads to very frustrating misses and lower-than-expected scores. I can play this to a much better degree on my laptop's touchscreen, but touchscreen laptops are relatively new and not many people have them yet. I've given up playing this on my main PC and will only play it on my touchscreen laptop due to the significant frustration level when (trying to) play this with a mouse.

The game itself is very cute with a cutout-style art design and some of the levels are very challenging even with a touchscreen. The game really is a lot of fun. I don't care if this is an iOS/Android port, and I really wish that people would stop complaining about that like it's a bad thing. (The game as I write this is only $5, for crying out loud!) But unfortunately this is one game where it is better experienced on a touchscreen device.
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
Game is alot of fun, simply put. It's easy to start but hard to master as it advances. Also a good way to build mouse dexterity.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Ever wondered what it would be like to play Fruit Ninja with a mouse, with a neat time slowing mechanic? Well, look no further than Jack Lumber.

Honestly, just another game which is better suited to mobile devices. Not my cup of tea.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Likely best on a touchscreen but fine with mouse or touchpad. Filled with puns and quirky humour. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, which can get frustrating.
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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
This game deserved to be 15 levels shorter given the shallow depth of the game concept put forward. The scoring system is almost always irrelevant, and is only rolled out in some of the later levels to stymie what should have been me bulldozing through the repetitive gameplay. If you are someone's mother looking to submerge yourself in a throwaway tablet game PC port, then Jack Lumber is your man.
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2014
Fruit Ninja but logs.
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
This game just wasn't developed for computers. It's meant to be played on iOS or Android device. It's like fruit ninja in slow motion. If you can get this for less than 2$, then sure, buy it. It's definietly now worth 6$ on computer.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2015
I don't have a bad opinion about this game, but it's because I got it in an humble bundle, and I don't think it's worth its price, basically is a mobile game ported on PC.

I've tried the mobile version (included in the bundle), and it's not bad.
It's something like fruit ninja with slow motion, but it has an original concept, and design.

Anyway, I just don't feel like reccomending it, unless you have a touchscreen PC (I suppose touchscreen funtionalities are supported on PC too, but I'm not sure).
It feels like a mobile game, probably because it's meant to be played on a mobile phone.
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Thomas, NIET LIEGEN!
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
a well done fruitninja ripoff

10/log would cut wood again!
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EAT GOOD, SHIT GOOD
5.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
This is essentially a mobile game that you would get for $1, or even for free, on Steam for $5. It's short, shallow, and is not very fun without a touch screen, which thankfully I have. Even with a touchscreen though, path detection is off and often both cut logs you should have definitely failed, or more frustratingly fail logs you should have successfully cut. For how shallot the game is, it has a charm that would be good for young children, but the innuendos spoken occasional in game prevent this for even being a game for then. Overall not worth buying.
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Twilight Shadow
9.8 hrs
Posted: August 19
Decently fun game, though probably better suited to mobile. I didn't like it so much at first, but the achievements were fun to get once I figured out the key to getting a good score was beard selection. Got it in the Humble Indie Bundle in 2012 or so. I wouldn't really buy it, but it's worth playing if you get it in a bundle. You'll build really good hand-eye coordination, I'll tell you that much, because it really was designed for touchscreen devices. Kind of like Fruit Ninja.
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Evengiolon
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 2
Enjoyable game, that becomes a bit of a grind... Can be a challenge with a mouse... The beards make the game more challenging, and interesting as well as being needed for the tougher achievements and stars.
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Vitamin D
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 5
Its fruit ninja but with wood.
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Rose
2.6 hrs
Posted: June 16
Meh. Its basically just a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ mobile game where you slice stuff. Nothing special.
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Pinky ☆
13.8 hrs
Posted: May 27
♥ Silly story.

I found it amusing, the story of the passing of his granny and need to be the best lumberjack, without finding it vulgar or overdone. It's silly, it's fun, and it ended up drawing me in! A very well done story, I appreciate the fact that it seems like it was crafted with care.

♥ Adorable graphics.

I love being able to decorate my cabin, click the animals, and dress up Jack. The game is really cute without being filled with neon colors or over the top designs. I think it fits with the game well!

♥ It's a fun way to waste time.

I'll frequently turn to play Jack Lumber when I'm waiting for a friend to arrive or when I want to play something for a little bit without getting too involved in a mission/level.

✘ I wish the in-game prices were cheaper.

I found the beards and hats a bit expensive...especially when you calculate how much lumber you would need to earn each round. It's still cheaper than Team Fortress 2 though! x)

✘ I wish they would expand the story.

I really enjoyed getting the letters from grandma, the secret admirer, etc. along with watching the cutscenes and following along the story. They did a wonderful job - it left me hungry for more! If they came out with a DLC, I'd get it.

✘ If you want to play Jack Lumber casually, be aware that each level progresses in difficulty. To get to the end of the game it can get quite hard, though personally I think it adds to the fun!

Overall if you are looking for a game to pass cloudy days and slow passing mornings with, Jack Lumber is perfect for you.
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Aquila
8.8 hrs
Posted: May 19
Decent game, especially for kids. A lot of people who give negative reviews are forgetting that there are a lot of laptops with touch screens, and there are computer monitors with touch screens as well.

It plays fine with a mouse but it's more enjoyable with a touch screen obviously.
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Ingenium
0.1 hrs
Posted: April 9
Purchased as part of a bundle at some point in the distant past, excellent graphics and music, originally played on tablet/phone. #PLAID

Plays A LOT like fruit ninja.
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Netski
1.8 hrs
Posted: March 11
Jack Lumber is a fun game, but I recommend it more on portable devices, such as phones or tablets.

+ Style
+ Gameplay
+ Beaver

- More fun on portable devices
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