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: Very Positive (1,428 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 7, 2014

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"I'm not sure whether to actually recommend this, but it's just bizarre enough of a first person puzzle and narrative game to give a shot. Wacky, yes."
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“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

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: 1.80GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 512MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18

Jazzpunk is a rather interesting game, I remember the day it came out and I saw it on the front page of Steam. The name immediately brought to mind the anime Cowboy Bepop with its cyberpunk setting and sprinkling of jazz music throughout the series. I looked through the screen shots of its store page and decided that it looked decent enough to keep a tab on and so I added it to my wish-list. Gradually I forgot about it until probably a good few months or so when I was once again looking through the front page of the Steam store and noticed it was on sale for a few dollars. I figured this was as good a time as any to buy it and so I did. Once again however I slept on the game even more leaving it in my Steam library to collect dust while I slumpt back into playing gratuitous amounts of Counter Strike: GO. Earlier this week however I decided I would get around to playing some of the games in my library that I had left untouched for far too long and Jazzpunk was the first I decided to give a try.

Essentially, Jazzpunk is a walking simulator. You complete levels and interact with the world, It's slightly more complex than you just walking from point A to point B but not by much. However I'm not saying Jazzpunk is a bad game by any means. While the actual game play is minimal, the area where Jazzpunks succeeds is it's setting and presentation. You play as a spy, that's really all I can tell you without devaluing the experience for you. Jazzpunk is set in a cyberpunk-retrofuturistic alternate reality where everything is a combination of a conventional cyberpunk setting and a retro-futuristic B movie. There are signs in Japanese and cyborgs roaming the streets as you would expect in a traditional cyberpunk work, and theres also various hints of retro futuristic influence in the architecture and design of things like cars and computers. The game is also packed with references from things such as 60's espionage movies and film noir. There are also various references to video games, mainly in the form of minigames you find in each level. These can vary from a simple game of frogger in Jazzpunk's cyberpunk streets to playing a watered down version of quake with a wedding theme.

Jazzpunk also isn't afraid to not take itself serious, as in Jazzpunk never takes itself serious. From the moment you start the game it's evident you'll be in for a laugh or two while playing through it. Every nook and cranny is packed with quirks and amusing dialogue ensuring that there will never be a dull moment while playing through Jazzpunk. Despite the game lunging its comedy at you from all angles at all times none of it every falls short and I never found myself groaning or getting tired of its humour throughout my time with he game. All the little things in the game make this game incredibly enjoyable to play. You can walk into a theater and watch an old commercial with children spinning some sort of rope thing on their head, help a guy make a pie out of pigeons and listen in on skyscraper window cleaners' conversations that break the 4th wall all in the first level alone.

However despite everything Jazzpunk gets right there is an incredibly large glaring problem with the game; It's mind blowingly short. The game could be completed in an hour if you knew what you were doing and you could easily find time to talk to every NPC find all the hidden quirks and get every achievement in around 2-3 hours. This is the only real issue with Jazzpunk. In all other aspects the game succeeds at being what it was meant to be. A fun, humorous, walking simulator. The fact that Jazzpunk is so incredibly short however means that this game would never be recommend by me at it's full price of 14.99, it simply isnt worth it. However if you ever find that Jazzpunk is on sale for perhaps around 5 dollars then by all means purchase it as it's worth every penny.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Worth:Discounted                      Memorability:Distinct
Aesthetic:Fun                      Audio:Surreal

Pros:As someone who is enamoured with surrealism, this kept my attention through to the very end. It is fashioned like LSD: Dream Simulator for PSX. Levels are dream-like in consistency and style, while sound serves to bemuse and disorient.

Cons:Difficulty seesaws illogically. FOV is messed up; at best, you will constantly be butting into things. At worst, you will get motion sickness. Final level is not designed well, making it inordinantly-laggy. Rather short for it's undiscounted asking price.

Overall:It's not worth $15.00USD, but it's comedic eyecandy and worth a night of drunkplay with that distinguishable Adult Swim style.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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. 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
+ 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

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15 of 26 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15

Since you can only rate products as recommending them or not, I have decided to opt for not recommending this game, however my feeling for the game are fairly neutral and I will outline this in my review.

Jazzpunk is a game I received from a friend some time ago now, it is a game I really wanted to play and experience, upon viewing some footage of it, I write a review now after some time has passed, because I feel it is important to wait a good amount of time after playing / completing a game, to assess whether it's a game that you can find within your heart to always return to, something that is rare in many modern titles.

Jazzpunk is not one of those games, if you see how many hours I have on the game it is 3.2 hours, and this is more or less how long it will take you to complete the game 100% and unlock all achievements, this is a very short game, something I've been keen to avoid as of recently, you will be able to complete this game in roughly 2 hours while still experiencing everything the game has to offer, and the game levels do pack in a ton of things to see and I dedicated the time within each level to exploring every single area, every single pixel to get the most out of the game. Perhaps if I didn't spend so much time the first play through doing this, I may have considered revisiting the games areas to find new things, but even if that were the case, you're still not going to get more than a few hours worth of entertainment from this game.

This is the main reason why I cannot recommend this game and my reasons are bias, I grew up with the majority of online games being the free flash based games, in which just as much effort was put into making games that could keep you entertained for a few hours, and have huge replayability, and these were uploaded for free to many free flash gaming hubs, for people to enjoy. I feel as if this way of experiencing games online is shifting, as many indie developers make these kinds of games and sell them for $10 or more rather than making them available to everyone. This game in some respects is an exception, it is extremely well made and thought out, and I would definitely pay money to play a game such as this, but is it worth the full retail price of £11? No, definitely not (although that might be a subjective viewpoint). This is one of those games that you really have to get on a sale when it's down to £4 or something that reflects it's price better. What I expect from a game that costs more than £10 is something that will keep me entertained for roughly 20 hours +, something which a lot of indie games fail to provide unfotunately.

If a lot more time has been put into expanding this game into many more levels, to bring it up to the quality we expect from a good video game, and what those who grew up with gaming have come to expect, then certainly this game could be huge, instead it simply leaves memories in my mind for a few weeks and then it sits gathering dust in my steam library as i fail to ever find a reason to replay it again. For all these reasons I cannot recommend it at it's current price.

I will however go on to say that this is definately a game you should play at some point, if you can pick it up for cheap, for it is a really entertaining and quirky game which rewards you exploring and trying things you wouldn't normally do in video games, if you're a fan of exploring games and trying to unlock everything and see everything, this game is packed full of all those kinds of easter eggs, mini-games and many cultural references that will keep you entertained and hold your attention for a whole playthrough, it is a game that is not very hard at all either, and is all round a fun experience playing it. Some may find some of it's humour a little too over the top, but I feel that there's something in this game that everyone can enjoy.

There is not much to say beyond that, the game levels are very interesting and vibrant, the crazy story adds some sense of progression to exploring the mad levels, as well as the achievements which convince you to fully explore and enjoy the game, all round it is a great game and I just wish it could have been longer, adding atleast 8 hours worth of gameplay, rather than the 2-3 hours that it provides.

Will I play it again? I highly doubt it, maybe in the distant future.
Did I enjoy it? Very much so.
Would I recommend it? Not at it's current price, but get it on sale and you won't regret it.

A rating out of 10 - 8.5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I love this game. However I couldn't recommend it to a friend. I got about 1-2 hours of gameplay. (I've played the story multiple times) And that would be perfectly fine for an eight dollar game, but the $15 dollar price tag on this one makes me regret spending that kind of money.

It's a wonderful game full of jokes that will make you laugh out loud.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
They put a ♥♥♥♥ing GoldenEye 64 reference when you take damage from the Ice Alarm

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I really want to like this game, I really do. But it is just a glorified walking sim with bad jokes. Seeing all that positive reviews I thought that it gets funnier later on bu it just kept the same pace throughout the entire game. It may be funny for someone who likes abstract comedy but it is not suitable for your average gamer.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I had a fight with a Honda and won.
Also, I swatted Japanese people with a flyswatter and turned them into flies.
I also f*cked a robot.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I loved the extra features in the game, although short story and only about 3 or 4 real missions JazzPunk will keep you laughing as you encounter many different characters in your fights against the Editor. We seriously need a sequal on this game and i hope to JazzPunk 2 eventually!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
If you like the absurd, bizarre and unexpected, this is for you. This is the kind of game where you meet 2 Hunter S. Thompsons ... in the same room ... at the same time. And that's probably the most normal thing you're going to experience.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
1950s-60s lounge aesthetic, robot detectives, and bad puns? SOLD. Get this game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Awesome Time Killer! Wishing For More Level's Though.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Overall, an interesting mini-game. Yes, mini-game. Look at the reviewers' game time. Around 2 hours, that's it. So while it was a memorable playthrough, it's ridiculously short for the price. You can get more from a free to play title.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
If this game was a meal it would be one from one of those take-away places where the menu has a picture that makes it look like Heston Blumenthal works in the kitchen but what you get is a brown paper bag with a passable burger and some listless fries.

Let's try and concoct a genre tag for this one. Interactive pun simulator? Burroughs-em-up? It's a distracting and fairly enjoyable little thing, but this is ultimately a once only experience. I wouldn't recommend dropping more than £5 on this if you can avoid it given a loose £/hr enjoyment ratio you can get everywhere else.

I'm all for doing something a bit different within the concept of a 'game'. What Jazzpunk provides is an on-rails 'experience' telling a somewhat surreal story laced with puns and references to hard-boiled detective fiction and gaming staples and offering up a few puzzles to solve on the way.

Whilst never exactly actively bad it does suffer from being overly drawn out in places and the general pacing feels a little disjointed. The puzzles seem to actually get less difficult as the story progresses, perhaps this was a intentional 'thing' but if so the point of it was lost on me.
If you've played games long enough to anticipate some of the usual game design language (the items hidden in the bind corner, if the game points you left have a quick look to the right, pull the lever that appears to do nothing etc) then don't bother chasing after the intriguing possibilities in Jazzpunk. There a lot of hidings to nothing to waste your time on for no reward.

I really am trying to be positive about this game, I'm giving it a thumbs up because it's not actiively awful.
What there is is very nicely made, there's nothing technically wrong with it, but ultimately when reaching the end I was just left with a general feeling of "Oh. Well that happened.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This game is wacky and definitely not for everyone... its pretty short and the gameplay is unique. I really cannot explain the premise or point of this game but I can tell you I had fun playing it
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
First of all, I think this is a good "game". Why do I not recomend it? The biggest problem is the FOV. It is way too small. Please search Jazzpunk motion sickness. This game will cause most people to experience nausia or just feel terrible. I want to love this interactive gallery, but I simply can't sit down and enjoy it without feeling sick. Hopefully the developers will make a patch eventually to make it playable but that does not really look like it will be happening any time soon.

The writing is entertain and it is fun to explore except for the sick feeling.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Do you want the club soda? Do you want to eat a fine dinner with your communist enemies?
Wait... Sorry, this is the wrong number.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Its an interesting concept but overall it fails to meet expectations. Doesn't really have much content to be honest.
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