Jazzpunk is a comedy adventure set in an alternate reality Cold War World, plagued with corporate espionage, CyberCrime, and sentient martinis. Gameplay is inspired by spoof comedy films and cartoons of yesteryear, with a focus on weird gadgets, exotic locales, and open-world style exploration.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (34 reviews) - 85% of the 34 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (3,377 reviews) - 90% of the 3,377 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 7, 2014

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Reviews

“A work of pure absurdism glued together by a consistent, deadpan delivery and a perfectly curated visual style.”
5/5 – Giant Bomb

“A classic affirmation of the great wide imagination of the human mind.”
9/10 – Eurogamer

“Jazzpunk is hilarious, its script almost faultless, its pace relentless.”
9/10 – EDGE

About This Game

Jazzpunk is a comedy adventure set in an alternate reality Cold War World, plagued with corporate espionage, CyberCrime, and sentient martinis. Gameplay is inspired by spoof comedy films and cartoons of yesteryear, with a focus on weird gadgets, exotic locales, and open-world style exploration.

Key Features:

  • Stereographic Polygony Soundeo™, NOW IN COLOURVISON.
  • A cast of over 360,000 polygons, working in concert.
  • For the first time ever, the human voice captured and preserved in CryoSonic Stasis™, thawed before your very ears during NPC exchanges (voice acting).
  • Windows/Mac/Linux/Suppository
  • Half a dozen jokes.
  • Contains 5% of recommended daily intake of vitamin C++
  • Original soundtrack featuring exotic percussion and homemade analog electronic instruments.

Find out why PC Gamer says Jazzpunk is "easily one of the funniest games in years."

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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puffle_fun
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
its funny, but short, and not very replayable
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succ
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
♥♥♥♥♥♥
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SwampGod
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
One of the most entertaining things I have done to date.... and I experiment with autoerotic asphyxiation.
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crystal pepsi
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
This game is alright. It is not worth the $15 price, but still fun. If this game was like $2 then I would definitly recommend it. I still do say try it out, but buy it when it's on sale. If you do like weird, in your face, and over the top humor then this is the game. I wish it was longe than 2 hours, but what I got was enjoyable.

All I'll will say is when the game is on sale get it, but don'y get it for full price.
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Swiss_Guy
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
"Published by Adult Swim Games" -says most about the game. Prepare to get the full load of slapstick humor and references.

Dont think, just enjoy!
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Leafy
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 18
Got It On Black Friday It Was Fun Dude
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Akuro
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 18
Still one of my all-time favorites, and can't wait until Necrophone Games releases their next game.
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NightKiplin
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
it's hilarious, fun, good controls, great gameplay, not hard to run so most can run it, and i really recommend giving it a try
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Thunder Muffin
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 16
Product received for free
This game has a particular sense of humor that you have to have to get full enjoyment out of. If you have this sense of humor though I would definitely recommend this for you. It's a unique and interesting experience, however, it doesn't offer a lot of playtime, is a bit overpriced, and has no replay value.

tl;dr Get it on a sale if you think the trailer's funny
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tnzxongg
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 15
Drugs - the video game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I should have read the game description rather than looking at the pretty pictures. This game is well... eh? Like many other people who played this game, I went into it thinking there was something else.

The initial cut scene and first level set you up for what appears to be a journey like no other. The design and aesthetic of the game capture you with an initial impression that is quirky yet filled with mystery which you assume will unfold into a carefully articulated plot. Sure, there were clues like the whoopie cushion that were used to soften the situation like the room does to frozen water ice. However, I wish it hadnt gone too far.

As you progress further into the game, you begin to realize that a story isnt really there. Instead, JazzPunk turns into a walking art gallery. You spend the large portion of your time listening to the ambient noise, interacting with the environment. This isnt a bad thing either because they throw in alot of hidden references that make the experience entertaining and memorable.

Ultimately, JazzPunk is a series of events that were created where the developers can input there own type of humor. The length of gameplay is perfect for this type of thing. Like a buffet, the playthrough gives the gamer enough time to indulge in everything and then bail before your eyes adjust to the swine surrounding you. If it was any longer, the whole experience would have been dissapointing.

TLDR: Overall, JazzPunk is good. If you dont like looking at stall art for 3 hours, this game isnt for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This game is alright. It is not worth the $15 price, but still fun. If this game was like $2 then I would definitly recommend it. I still do say try it out, but buy it when it's on sale. If you do like weird, in your face, and over the top humor then this is the game. I wish it was longe than 2 hours, but what I got was enjoyable.

All I'll will say is when the game is on sale get it, but don'y get it for full price.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
308 of 350 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2014
I honestly havent played a game like this before. It's kind of an action adventure with one of the strangest settings I've seen in a game. The biggest plus in this game is the humour. The game is one big joke (in a good way ;) ). I've been laughing out loud a few times while playing this game, and this doesnt happen often to me. Does Adult Swim ring a bell? Do you like absurd humour like Robot Chicken? Then you should really check this out.
Oh, and it has one of the coolest intro's I've seen in a game. Who needs cinematics when you can make something like this?

Finished it in about 3.5 hours

There's not much to say else then spoilers, so I leave it at this. It's definately worth checking out!
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140 of 148 people (95%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Jazzpunk is a unique game with a style all its own that feels like a surrealistic 1950s retro spy meets Ren and Stimpy cartoon silliness. You play in a first person perspective, interacting with several things, exploring rich, colorful, living, breathing surrealistic areas. The surrealistic art style blends with the humor really well. The only controls are jump and action buttons with left stick to move, and right stick to look around or keyboard controls to do the same things. You can get items and switch between them. There are plenty of mini games that feel more like diversions to keep you engaged. Its parodies of other games and media, yet it feels distinctly like its own product.

You work for a spy agency that sends you to far away locales with serious objectives, things like infiltrate a USSR building, follow a cowboy in Japan to get his mechanical kidney, infiltrate a criminal's lavish retro penthouse and you'll even be sent on a Polynesian vacation. There are spies, madmen, robots, crazy bums and women around every corner.

The big feature here for me is the interactivity and exploration. You can interact with boxes, newspaper machines, spray pigeon perfume on NPCs to see pigeons carry them away, drink mouthwash only to discover its chlorine, use a master baster on a turkey, freeze a frozen meal in a microwave, scribble lipstick on your face, collect spiders in a jar to throw them at people, break every vase in a shop trying to swat flies. It all feels so interesting and engaging to do what I want to in this crazy world. While NPCs are faceless box people (or robots) with circle heads, NPCs say several things, most of which are hilarious and I don't usually like comedy in games. The eccentric off the wall comedy and parody really hit the mark for me, when most comedy games feel forced.

Jazzpunk parodies several games like Frogger, Wave Race in a fountain of gravy, mini golf with pool cues, virtual tennis, Wedding Quake against a bride, groom and priest, a zombie pizza game, a high score game where you play a cat ripping things to shreds, a game of Twister, finding prizes with a metal detector and so much more. It all kept me playing, even if it all was just easy fun.

It is definitely worth a playthrough, I found myself taking far too many screen shots at the crazy things I'd see. Things in the background, men in cullender hats with wheeled pigs on the background and my radio tooth on the floor. Its never in your face, its all just there for you to find it.

There is no death in the game, even if you plunge off of the fourth floor of your Polynesian hideaway, you still bounce on the ground. With that being said, you can still fail the mini games. Frogger took quite a beating and I lost a lot in Wedding Quake before I realized the rose rocket launcher was win. It is an easy game, again, the point is to explore, interact and laugh.

Is it worth the $15? Maybe and I'm surprised to say that, even if its only 2 or 3 hours to complete. The ending came pretty abruptly and even the credits have their own flare to them. I can imagine its not for everyone and I never thought it would be for me. I am shocked at how much enjoyment I got from Jazzpunk and I might have to play through it again.
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171 of 196 people (87%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
I kissed hobos. I poisoned a cowboy. I swallowed a pigeon whole. Easily the most hilarious and surreal game I have played in a long time. It is so funny. My only wish is that it didn't end - in 3 hours I got 100% and I think I saw almost all the dialogue too. The next time it's on sale, just buy it.
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137 of 154 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
It's really funny. Like genuinely funny. Not ha ha video game funny.

It's over very quickly though. If you don't enjoy exploring worlds and poking around corners, you will not enjoy this game. If you have a bad sense of humor, you will not enjoy this game. If you make long posts on internet forums about how games aren't about deep mechanics anymore, you will not enjoy this game.

You will enjoy this game if you like movies like Airplane! or Naked Gun and view this in a similar way. A couple of hours with some absurd humor.
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98 of 108 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 2, 2015
I recommend purchasing this title on sale, due to the short play-time and limited content.

+ Quirky and over-the-top sound effects
+ Interesting and surreal character models and design choices
+ HIlarious abstract humor; some of it is really quite clever, and I've found myself brought to tears with laughter on several occasions
+ There are myriad extras, minigames, and funny activities scattered around the playable areas
+ Has a sense of charm and humor reminiscient of The Stanley Parable, and should resonate well with fans of the game
+ Littered with clever references
+ Minigames introduce a variety of playstyles and visual effects

- Unforgivably short playtime (1-2 hours), especially for what is otherwise such a unique and underrated title
- Little practical replayability, save for the achievements

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99 of 114 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
+ Outrageous and consistently witty humour
+ Densely populated areas full of mini-games, side activities and nonsense
+ Vibrant colours and vivid effects
+ Excellent use of sound effects and music

- Wishing it were longer

10/10
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75 of 80 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
The 1960's were a strange time, atomic paranoia fueled the cold war as the space race allowed mankind to make monumental leaps forward technologically. Global espionage was the tool with which the cold war was fought as agents from both of the world's super powers battled for information and technology. Amidst all of this, counter culture exploded and use of psychedelics became a new past time. Jazzpunk uses this period of time as an aesthetic springboard for it's comedic hijinx and in doing so plays out like an episode of Saturday Night Live with an overarching theme to it's skits.

It would probably be most appropriate to categorize Jazzpunk as an adventure game, as players are placed in the role of Polyblank, a secret agent who is dispatched from an abandoned subway station on various missions by a character known as The Director and each one of these misadventures is kicked off by swallowing a pill. The narrative is flimsy, and each mission plays out almost like a skit. An antagonist is introduced in the later missions and helps provide some closure to the game's events. Jazzpunk focuses more on humor than plot and it makes this the kind of experience that you turn on, tune in and drop out of. It assaults players with non sequiturs and irreverent easter eggs. Players can expect to stumble across a frogger style mini game, wander around in an Evil Dead inspired setting made out of pizza, play mini golf with a James Bond style villain and beat up a passenger car Street Fighter II style. It's a tribute to all things nerdy with plenty of tech based humor and refrences to other games. The Adult Swim style humor, a style that makes it seem like being in an altered state of consciousness is a prerequisite to enjoy, is likely to put off many.

Also potentially off putting is just how easy the puzzles are in Jazzpunk. Most players will find themselves progressing unopposed since most levels are as simple as following the instructions laid out in the objectives screen. There are a handful of side quests but they have no bearing on the proceedings and generally exist to provoke a few laughs. Some of the diversions like Wedding Quake, a wedding themed spoof of the classic arena shooter may hold players attention for a decent amount of time but the whole of Jazzpunk lasts a few hours at most and offers little replayability. Think of Jazzpunk as more of an alternative to watching a comedy film than a game poised to occupy a dozen hours of your life. It could be argued that Jazzpunk is most rewarding when you are avoiding the critical path since interacting with random objects and poking your nose around generally uncovers the best easter eggs and gags.

The aesthetics of Jazzpunk leave a favorable impression. Seemingly modeled after Thirty Flights of Loving, it employs blocky characters with simple animations and cell shaded styling. The funky soundtrack adds to the unique flavor of the game making it feel like nothing else as well as helping sell the off beat humor. The aestetics, soundtrack and gameplay click together like legos, delivering a unique experience that in spite of the fact that it borrows liberally from other works.

Jazzpunk is kind of a nightmare game for reviewers... To describe it in terms of the quality of it's gameplay, visuals and the amount of time players can wring out of it simply misses the point of the game. Potential Jazzpunk players should think of it instead as an interactive comedy experiment. An off beat experiment. While it may not stand out as a great game it is a little experimental indie gem that may have an impact on the humor and style of other titles. Turn on, tune in and drop out.
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