Test your dinosaur jump-jet skills with a game that redefines the platformer genre, aptly renaming it "platflyer." Simply put, you're a t-rex with rocket boots trying to save earth from an incoming asteroid. Do you have what it takes to stop it?
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Release Date: Apr 21, 2015

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“JumpJet Rex does an admirable job of blending the best of old and new”
80 – Destructoid

“Beyond its nostalgic surface, though, is a game that’s freaky fun and well-suited for pick-up-and-play gamers as much as it is for hardcore enthusiasts looking to set world records.”
88 – Digital Chumps

“If you are a fan of old school games like Mega Man, this may be the easiest purchase you ever make. JumpJet Rex’s new-school approach to old school platforming, and the addition of the time trial elements and collection itch to scratch, this game is an absolutely must-have.”
90 – GamingTrend

About This Game

Retro Platformer Flare
JumpJet Rex features beautiful hand-drawn 16-bit graphics and classic chiptune music that transfers dino lovers back to the 2-D glory days of the early 90’s.

Secrets and Collectibles
With dozens of items stashed across the Galaxy, and many secret areas to discover, JumpJet Rex offers plenty to do for the treasure hunters in the house!

With a time challenge twist, players can replay every level multiple times to prove their platforming prowess. Download ghosts to race against the best players in the world, or compete directly with your friends to see who can post the best times!

Killer Old School Gameplay
Remember when platformers were so tough that people would hurt their hands playing, but feel amazing after getting past a level? Relive those moments with JumpJet Rex’s strenuous platforming challenges and retro boss battles.

Co-op Mode
Saving all of dinokind from a giant asteroid barreling down on Earth is a pretty tall task for a T-Rex with tiny arms, so players can team up with a friend to take on challenges. Teammates must coordinate efforts in order to avoid mass obliteration.

Customization and Upgrades
No two T-Rex’s are alike and fans will be able to customize their character and upgrade their appearance with the loot they collect on their travels.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work.
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work.
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support.
    • Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities; generally everything made since 2004 should work.
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75 of 81 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
JumpJet Rex

JumpJet Rex is a very challenging 2D platformer that stays true to video game classics with its music, gameplay, and visuals. You are the Earth's first Dinonaut and you recieve an urgent call telling you that a meteor is heading to Earth. You must go back home to save your planet.


Through my playthrough I have used a controller. The levels are well designed. However, I have run into a few bugs that ruined my experience. The bug I found was on the first boss fight where I would glitch into the boss and be stuck, or glitch under the map and be stuck.
The levels are challenging and fun and the music is amazing. After I beat the first boss, I saw a difficulty curve appear as levels get much harder to beat.
Through the game you can collect $$$ to buy customization items for your dinosaur. You will be able to play the game for hours upon hours. This game is one that will cause rage in certain levels. Throughout the game there are collectibles hidden throughout the map which you can find and they will be added to your room.

Consider buying this/ not buying this if

Consider buying this if:
- you like the classic feel with videogames
- you like 2D platformers
- you like a challenge

Consider not buying this if:
- you do not like rage games
- you hate dying (most likely you will die a lot)
- you hate pixelated games or 2D platformers


+ many hours of gameplay
+ customization
+ music is very well done
+ gives an authentic classic feel
+ difficult and a challenge
+ many collectibles
+ dino basketball

- may glitch
- may have random lag spikes ( it did for me at random moments within this game)
- huge difficulty curve
- may become slightly repetitive
- only local co-op

Final Thoughts

JumpJet Rex is an amazing game with a magnificent soundtrack and a perfect old-school feel. The huge difficulty curve is annoying and you sometimes will run into bumps. However, overall as a game I am impressed with JumpJet Rex and am happy to have played it.

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40 of 52 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
JumpJet Rex is a fast-paced and retro styled platformer. You can play the game just for the story, or you can be the perfectionist by beating the time and not dying at all. The story is not to be taken serious, but it is very funny and cute. The gameplay is tons of fun and it can be very challenging when you are trying to get all the stars throughout the game. I had a blast playing JumpJet Rex; from the audio/visuals to the gameplay, JumpJet Rex is a nearly perfect game. I’m sure if you have the chance to play JumpJet Rex, you will have a blast throughout the whole experience.

  • Amazing gameplay
  • High replay value
  • Really cool hub-world
  • Perfect audio
  • Cool retro style
  • Funny and cute story
  • Great mechanics
  • Controller support
  • Gfx options and rebinding support


  • Fairly short story.
  • Nothing else wrong it (I couldn’t think of anything of else wrong)


JumpJet Rex is a nearly perfect retro platformer. It has basically everything you would want in a Retro Platformer for PC (Amazing gameplay, High replay value, really cool hub-world, Funny and cute story, Great mechanics, Controller support, and Gfx options and rebinding support). It was very hard to find anything wrong with JumpJet Rex and it really deserves more attention. I would highly suggest you to pick up JumpJet Rex as soon as you can.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 9, 2015
This game is RAD.
I'm not the kind of person that likes to play platformers - I usually get bored and frustrated by them really quickly. This, however, is GREAT. It's like Super Meat Boy met Flappy Bird and gave birth to a dinosaur with jetpacks on his feet. "Eww, Flappy Bird! That game is soooo stooooopid!" You may or may not have just said. "That also came out in 2013!! Are you stuck in the past, grandma?!" Haha okay there buddy, but seriously, hear me out!
In my first dive in I found that the game was very easy to pick up; the controls were very responsive and so easy to grasp that within minutes I was literally flying through the levels like I was DINO-PETER PAN! It feels like its at the right speed too - not too slow to make it feel clunky, and not too fast to make it overwhelming.
The art style is super cute - I just love my lil' Rex with his lil' cyborg eyepatch - did I mention you can dress up and customize Rex? Yeah, you can DO THAT. And it's AWESOME. I may be just biased though because I'm a GIRL. Who sometimes plays into GENDER STEREOTYPES.
Aaaanyways, the levels are quite diverse and I never knew what to expect going into each one, which is fun! I love mysteries! I mean it's not exactly Jump Jet Agatha Christie but y'know, it's cool. In all seriousness though, the level design is tight. There's also no forced tutorial but rather a main hub where you can learn basic mechanics and manoeuvres either yourself or through training, which is a nice option.
This game, despite being so easy to pick up, is very punishing - something that it openly advertises, so that's probably what the devs were going for. I found myself getting a little frustrated with the first boss battle after I died a ton trying to figure out how to beat it. The problem with this one battle was that the pacing was so different from before - I'd been trained to just GO GO GO as fast as I could throughout the previous levels while in this battle I had to wait for the right time to attack - it was actually easier to stand still than to keep moving. Despite this I've still really enjoyed JJR and heavily recommend it to anyone that is looking for a strong platforming game that you'll not only have a ton of fun playing but will also challenge you. Even a filthy casual like me enjoyed it! Support your the indies, guys! :)
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 20, 2015
A really fun platformer. The unlimited air jumps and dashes feel really great to control. If you're only trying to beat the game, you can do so very quickly since the levels are short with multiple checkpoints. But if you want to collect all the coins, all the hidden items, make the best time on any given stage? You'll be replaying and practicing quite a bit.

Speed run versus against friends seems like it'll be a lot of fun too once more people start playing.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
I think this game is a piece of art.

very simplistic controls but still very fun to use.
every level is perfect to speedrun and fun to do so if you are in speedrunning.
even a casual playhrough its a blast.

I do reccomend this game if you are in to platforming/speedrunning.

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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
28.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 26, 2015
Still needs some smoothing out but this early release game is looking real nice,

Fast-paced, simple, and addictive. IL friendly with tight controls and suitable for both casual gamers and speedrunners. Looking forward to the final product
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 25, 2015
As an avid platforming fan, I am often very cynical/analytical when it comes to playing new ones. I'm stuck in the past, rarely do I find a platformer that I feel can stand up to the SNES era.

JumpJet Rex though, took me totally by surprise. I didn't expect to fall so hard and fast for this game.

I always look for specific things in a platformer, a formula for perfection if you might:

Difficulty - Is the game challenging? Will it make me shout profanities but still make me eager to go back for more? Check. JumpJet Rex is no easy ride, though the difficulty curve put in place is sublime. Not too fast, not too slow, excellent pacing.

Controls - I can get really wound up about clunky controls in platformers. There is a certain "feel" that needs to be reached. I have no qualms about the controls for JJR, very reponsive, reactive and creative.

Replayability - Will I feel like playing through the levels again? Will I get attached to the world the developers present to me? JJR hits this mark splendidly. Not only can you complete the levels, there are plenty of collectables in place. You are graded on each level out of 3 stars. Completion, not dying and time. You need a certain amount of stars to prgress onto further levels, so you will find yourself revisiting levels, and I wa absolutely glad to every time!

Appearance - Is the game easy on the eyes? How is the level design? Seriously, JJR is one of the most beautiful modern platformers I have played. The graphics are fun, edgy and cute. You can also customise your little dino, LOADS of options available. You can buy customisation items from a store, with currency you earn IN-GAME, or find them hidden within levels.

Boss Fights - Will the boss actually challenge me? Will I feel the rage build up as I am slaughtered over and over again and feel like a champion when I overcome them? JJR delivers this. The bosses require you to figure them out. There is zero hand-holding.

Music - Will the music match the theme of the game? Will the music egg me on as I play through? JJR again, passes with flying colours. I usually game with my own music, but for JJR I absolutely love the soundtrack, it gets the heart pumping! Beautiful.

In summary, I can't reccomend this game enough to anyone, epecially if you enjoy platforming! Seriously, it's a little dinosaur with jet-pack shoes. Buy it, you wont be dissapointed.

Yours sincerely, an absolute platforming snob. Hahaha
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 14, 2015
Ever since I was a kid, I loved trying to clear levels as fast as possible. This is what drew me to racing games, I would try and beat my friend's highscores by trying to perfect every corner.
That's what JumpJet Rex feels like to me. It can be enjoyed as a regular oldschool platform game, or you can really sink your teeth into it and try and beat your own or your friend's scores.
Great games need to have both depth and solid gameplay. JJR aces both.
I'll be playing this one for a long time!!
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
Very high quality platformer, you can tell they poured their hearts into this title.

Every little mechanic and animation is very well done, other platformer developers can learn a lot from this game.

The steam release is excellent as there are a lot of additions which you do not see every day, like choosing a member on your friends and try to compete against them for a high score and even see their ghost in-game to race against. It takes the normal super high quality platformer and adds in tons of replay value.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2015
If you like:

-Shaving off seconds from your best time in any game that records it
-Something you've never seen before

Then what the hell are you doing reading this? Scroll up! Hit that purchase button! Hurry! Every second you waste is a second you could spend playing this game!

The game is worth every penny as is. There is literally no downside or risk in buying it now.

.....Are you still here? Look, unless you need the money for food and shelter, you have no excuse!


....DO IT!


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[MpL] Moose
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 29
Perfect amount of Dinosaurs, gold coins and rocket boots.
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31.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
This might be the most perfect game I've ever played. Each level is challenging, but the checkpoints make it so you don't have to run the level flawlessly before you can progress. Going back and replaying levels to get all the awards allows you to play the same levels in a different way; take it easy and explore to get all the coins, be precise and cautious to finish with no deaths, and then do a flawless run to beat the time limit.
Overall it's really simple but comfortably challenging, and a pleasure to master. Gameplay has a really good flow to it, and I love the art and soundtrack. Awesome job, TreeFortress!
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RayTheTree | kickblacks.com
9.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
Holy shnizzle this game is sooooooooo0o0o00oOOOo0o0o0o0Oo0o0oo difficult. The last level nearly killed me. My salt levels were off the charts dude. Like no, I'm not joking. Every death on that level, I got out of my chair and proceeded to imitate someone who was out-of-breath, on roller skates, and was flailing their arms to flag down a rescue helicopter as if it was their last chance for survival. I loved it.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
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Nasty Nate
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Was fun for a minute. Challenge is good, format is good, graphics are what you expect. Overall decent game.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
Ridiculous retro fun. Also, multiplayer.
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6.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
A wonderful mash-up of Megaman 8-bit style, play and difficulty with Super Meat Boy's more modern "failing is okay" approach.

Really strong theme, great level design. Really fun gem of a game.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
terrible controls
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Posted: August 11
Solid 2d platformer, I really like jetting around. Think super meat boy but customizable dinosaur.

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3.6 hrs
Posted: August 11
JumpJet Rex acts as the continuation of a distinctly mid-90’s branch of game design. A 16-bit arcade platformer, TreeFortress Games’ prehistoric space escapade merges the divergent sensibilities of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, into a game that is as smart and enjoyable as Super Mario, and as undeniably cool as Sonic the Hedgehog.

First order of business: JumpJet Rex puts a dinosaur in space. Through a feat of Cretaceous engineering, dinosaurs developed space travel, and just in time, as a meteor has just been spotted with “extinction” written all over it. Outfitted with the best jetboots and novelty headwear money can buy, Rex must race back home to earth or become the last dinosaur alive.

JumpJet Rex knows, with absolute conviction, exactly what it is. It’s a game where a dinosaur can and should wear an eyepatch. A game where collectible golden stars are the key to everything, and the best way to the exit is whichever makes you look the coolest. JumpJet Rex understands the earnest appeal of Sonic in his prime, blown out to a degree only the insertion of dinos could bring about. He hasn’t inherited the blue hedgehog’s patronizing finger wag, but it isn’t hard to imagine Rex as Sonic’s coolest unnecessary side character.

But lest TreeHouse Games’ jet hopping reptile be too heavily compared to Sega’s functionally irrelevant mascot, JumpJet Rex also borrows liberally from other notable 16-bit platformers, while allowing itself space to develop its own personality. JumpJet Rex is about speed, but for the sake of precision more than novelty. Even if you neglect to go after the speedrun star attached to each level, JumpJet Rex has a way of making quick movement feel imperative. Partially, this is on account of most levels being designed almost like race tracks, whether linear point-to-points or arena stages that task you with collecting a certain amount of rings as quickly as possible. Mostly, though, you want to move fast because it feels cool to do so.

JumpJet Rex controls like an absolute dream, allowing you to dash and hop around obstacles like the world’s premiere jet fueled acrobatic dinosaur (which you likely are by default). By opting for a less rigid movement system than most platformers, JumpJet Rex allows for a great deal of personality in how you navigate levels, a quality that begins to show more and more when you start attempting more difficult runs and need to develop personal strategies to clear them.

Playing JumpJet Rex is incredibly rewarding because it successfully blurs the line between playing as the developer intended, and playing however feels best to you, lessening the frustration of sussing out a level’s path and turning it into a sort of reflex puzzle. The last few stages (and the very last one, most especially) do an agonizingly good job of disrupting this recipe, being both several orders of magnitude more challenging and tedious, but if nothing else these levels can almost always be brute forced without any real penalty for doing so. It’s a crude compromise, but it gets the job done.

JumpJet Rex’s last few stages were an unfortunate end to an otherwise shockingly entertaining experience, but it speaks well to the game that even after such a miserable time beating my head against its final level, I’d still happily jump right back in to everything before it. That might be a bit like cutting the mold off a slice of bread and making a sandwich with it, but if it still tastes just as great, I can’t complain too much.

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