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 (32 reviews) - 90% of the 32 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (3,336 reviews) - 90% of the 3,336 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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Very Positive (3,336 reviews)
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SnyderN
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It's a very nice game but my issues lie in the price. It costs about 15$ but there's very little actual content to the game, sure there are plenty of minigames and odds and ends but it ends very abruptly. It has a wonderful sense of humor and great graphics, but game breaking bugs and overall shortness make it not very worth it in my opinion, a game better watched then played for the price.
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T.racer
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Jazzpunk is an alternative adventure that gives you laughs and endless fun. Aswell as having main missions, the free roam inbetween them allows for fun exploration.

If you havent played it, then you need to. FFS THERES AN ACHEIVEMENT FOR HELPING A FROG GET THE WIFI PASSWORD AND CLICKING MUFU BOXES.

GET IT
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milkpunk
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Jazzpunk is truly the most charming video game I've ever played. From the soundtrack to the universe it's set in, there is never a dull moment. The interactivity of the game extends the story mode, as you accept strange and unexplained missions.

Great Game
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Pandemic87
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of the greatest and funniest games I've ever played and it's an indie developer. The Easter eggs and dialogue in this game are awesome.
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hosh-has-hoshaf
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
the most wisest dialogues between characters of gaming history
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alecks
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
hands down the most philosphically engaging game of the century
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Your_cat
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
one of the best games ive ever played
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Chiken
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Great game, ♥♥♥♥ed my mind very hard
9 / 11 would let me ♥♥♥♥ again
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Nathan Drake 1
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
This game is a masterpiece, it is short, but that's okay, because was a perfect/weird experience.
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LessThanJenn
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
My favorite thing to do in this game is take screenshots. I am a photographer and seeing some of the landscape and odd opportunties in game just make me smile and want to hold on to them forever. Jazzpunk is funny, interesting and you never know what surprises are around the corner. The references to pop culture are all over the place and in the most unique and unexpected ways.

I would live in the Jazzpunk world in a heartbeat. It's worth the few bucks. There are a lot of reasons to replay it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
My favorite thing to do in this game is take screenshots. I am a photographer and seeing some of the landscape and odd opportunties in game just make me smile and want to hold on to them forever. Jazzpunk is funny, interesting and you never know what surprises are around the corner. The references to pop culture are all over the place and in the most unique and unexpected ways.

I would live in the Jazzpunk world in a heartbeat. It's worth the few bucks. There are a lot of reasons to replay it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
the best game i ever played
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
the most wisest dialogues between characters of gaming history
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
300 of 342 people (88%) found this review helpful
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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137 of 145 people (94%) 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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170 of 195 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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133 of 150 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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95 of 104 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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97 of 112 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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74 of 79 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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