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 (1,672 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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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 35 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
The reviews for this mark it as very good for a reason. As I've said in my reviews of other games that come across more as an art medium than a way to throw out a specific story, I love this kind of thing. I'm glad that I finally dug it out of my library, installed it, and played it.

What a lot of reviews here seem to miss is the sheer amount of references that the game makes. Television ranging from the late 50's to current trends, nods to Hunter S. Thompson, Clockwork Orange, every single pop culture thing you can think of - with an absolutely RAGING sense of parody and humor that nails cyberpunk tropes to the wall in an obvious and refreshing way. It's very hard to find any faults with the game itself.

Other than the fact that I had random graphical slow-downs and it crashed on me right at the ending. Yes, it is short, yes, the minigames are extremely fun - and yes, there is an overall plot underlying the entire thing. However, this seems to be a way to tie it together, where the main point of the game seems to be a message from the developers, "These are all things we like, and we want to make fun of all of them at the same time, and we came up with a really cool looking design to do it with." - The game is hilarious, the gags are funny, and the references made me light up at times, and believe me, there are a looootttt of references.

My favorite parts of the game I've already mentioned. It's artsy, it's bizarre, it uses the cyberpunk style-before-substance trope, along with a very weak plot that somehow manages to be a strength due to the extreme expresison of the parody within it, and the nods to famous pop culture icons throughout. While making a parody of many of these things, it does so in a Weird Al Yankovic manner, rather paying tribute to what it makes fun of. Drugs, booze, psychedelia, the breadth of pop culture ranging from late 1950's to the present, a unique style, and really funny achievements.

Other than crashing out, I can't think of anything that's bad with this game. Yes, it is short, but that's the whole point. I'm surprised I didn't see any Subgenius references, or maybe I wasn't looking too hard. Oh well, I'll cut them some slack on this, and hope that they genuinely do receive salvation or triple their money back.

I regret not playing this sooner. 7.5/10.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
So I played through this game, got all of the achievements, and I'm still at a loss of what it was all about. Jazzpunk is a cartoon. There are games with cartoony graphics, some that are actually based off of cartoons, but Jazzpunk is straight-up Tex Avery. If you've never heard of the guy, you're missing out. He directed a ton of hilarious shorts back in the mid-20th century that still hold up today. His directorial style resulted in wacky, off-kilter, crass, and sometimes totally ridiculous cartoons.

There is a plot to Jazzpunk, but it's designed solely to set up as many gags as possible. Apparently you're a spy, and your mission is to infiltrate various locations and steal super-important stuff. I can't say much else because, since this is an interactive-adventure game, it'll ruin a lot of the jokes & surprises. I can give you a vague idea of what to expect though. Almost every chapter consists of an area you can explore. There are objects and citizens you can interact with, and there's some very light puzzle-solving as well. Everything is set up as part of the experience, so whatever happens you just roll with it. It's impossible to die and there are no fail-states for your mission, so there's no sense of danger or urgency.

It's important to note that this is a very short game. Anyone should be able to get all of the achievements in less than two hours. There are plenty of secrets and things to try at least, but that's still less than four hours of game-time. If we're speaking strictly in terms of value, you don't have to look hard to find titles with more game for less money. However if you, like I, happened upon this game due to its appearance in a bundle, then I definitely recommend exploring it.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
★★★ out of four.

Jazzpunk is a comedic game aiming to surprise and amuse you. In the world of Jazzpunk, you play an agent named Polyblank. You explore the 3D world from a first-person perspective, doing everything except the main objective first so that you don't just see a only a very tiny fraction of what's actually in the game. It may be a bit thin to some players, but it still is the kind of thing only a videogame can do, and we need more stuff like this or evolved from it. Here a line something like "generic joke" can work because the whole thing is not generic. Yes, you'll get tired of such stuff if you talk to every NPC like ya should and sometimes it has referential "humor."

Well, sadly, I do feel to mention that it's probably a four hour game for people. The FOV is unchangable and character movement continues after you release movement. Also consider the price and buy when you won't feel disappointed. Regarding achievements, they are all just for poking about the Jazzpunk world well, so I suggest ignoring them due to light spoilers on your first playthrough and looking forward to them for the second.

Jazzpunk's a type we need more of. It's a 3D world with hotspots of jokes, cleverness, and surprises. When the price can't be wrong, tune your device for squelch and jump in.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
If you like games similar to The Stanley Parable, and exploring in video games, you will most likely love this game.
This game is an amazing experience. It's fantastic in every way.

I would gladly buy a sequel.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Hilarious. So much hidden content, if you just play the main story it'll take about 20 minutes but the real core of the game is in all the easter eggs, side quests, bonuses. Brilliant fun
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This game.
This game made me feel high while completely sober I ♥♥♥♥ you not.
It is also funny.
play it, but look around at everything!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game has a lot of character. Its like a british version of the matrix, mixed with reboot, with a drop of acid thrown into the mix. After finishing the game do I understand the story? NO! But it really doesn't matter because I had a good time the whole way through. This game pretty much spoofs everything. Even though it was short it was a great play.

Right now its included in the current humble bundle for around another 10 days (Nov 1st 2014 today) so head over and pick it, and a bunch of other great games for dirt cheap.

Give it about a 8/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Jazzpunk, a funny little experiment 7/10

+Solid visual style
+Great menus/UI
+A ridiculous amount of jokes in every stage
+Odd, but catchy soundtrack
+interesting cyberpunk/50s-60s spy movie world
+a lot of the jokes had me cracking up, with an even mixture of clever, witty humor, and stupid slapstick. Both are well executed...

-...Most of the time. There are occasionally jokes that miss the mark. (The last half of the resort stage was almost painfully unfunny)
-The voice acting is heavily filtered, which hinders the effectiveness of some jokes' delivery
-Even though I beat this game in two hours, some jokes were getting somewha repedative (ow my face. I have 4th degree burns all over my face.)

Despite some flaws, this is still an interesting idea, and in between this and the Stanley Parable; comedic adventures might have a future.

I would get it... but on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Yes the 'game" itself it short. There is very little to the story and you can feasibly complete it in a 30-40 minute sitting. That being said, the amount of humor, subversive side quips, and side content that the developers managed to pack into this gameis truly amazing. From a H.S.T. doppleganger spouting William Gibson quotes to a marriage inspired Doom-replica, this game is well crafted and bursting with character. I really havent enjoyed a game as much as this one in quite a while.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A funky robo-mid-century art style mixed up with a Hunter S. Thompson surrealist vibe makes for a strange setting. Great sound design adds to the fun, as do the numerous homages to video games of eras gone by.

All that said, the actual gameplay is pretty shallow. Fortunately, the setting doesn't overstay its welcome and the game is over before its flaws become tedious.

One last note: I expected this to be sort of an indie shooter, but it has a lot more adventure game DNA.

Overall worth your time but maybe not at full price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Playing this game will get you as higher as a game can.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Wow, I really did not expect that. Comedy games are a rare breed these days, especially one that does it so extraordinarily well as Jazzpunk. Humor was laid on thick throughout the whole game and never really stopped. The world itself despite being a nonsequitor never jarred me out of its own immersion. Of particular interest were the side jokes which filled out the experience. If you want a good time for a few hours, definitely play Jazzpunk
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game is such a trip. Could not help but smile the whole way through. ^_^
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Absolutely love this game. Fun missions and very funny environment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
attempts to reach a plateau already attained by Gravity Bone and Thirty Flights of Loving and almost makes it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
A very bizzare, unique, quirky, enjoyable gaming experience. the story is somewhat short though, but is a bit longer if you take time to explore and such.

all and all i would reccomend this game to anyone looking for more of a silly interactive story than an actual game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Funny 5$ game. Dont spend more. Lifetime is 2-3 hours.
One achievement is not working for me.

WARNING : This game could be deadly for epileptic people ...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Works great on Linux, is packed with humor but lacks Steam Cloud support for the saved game progress.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Absolutely fantastic humor, not too much content, still a great FPS. Wedding Qake GOTY 2014!
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