Welcome to our Jet Kave Adventure review. Jet Kave Adventure is a Switch exclusive title developed and published by 7Levels. At its core, it’s a 2.5D action platformer, but unlike other action platformers, it features a caveman with a jet pack, need I say more?
- Jet Kave Adventure
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: 7Levels
- Publisher: 7Levels
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 17th September 2019
- Price: £17.99 (U.K), $19.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 7 (UK/EU), E10+ (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Being a caveman and all, the game’s main protagonist, Kave doesn’t really speak, well he does but all you’ll see when he speaks is a bunch of emotes that basically help you realize what the story is about in the game. Kave has been booted from his position as Chief of his tribe and one day he stumbles across a jetpack which he must use to help save his tribe from an alien who plans on setting off a volcano to fix his ship. Yes, that’s right, not only does a game about prehistoric humans feature a jetpack, it also features a UFO and an alien. Admittedly I found it hard to get into the story, even though it’s very easy to follow and found myself enjoying the game for something else entirely. Its fantastic gameplay.
A platformer in the traditional sense that you work your way from one side of a level to another, Jet Kave Adventure is packed full of some fun, yet challenging moments. However, the game isn’t too hard or too easy, it’s just right with a balance between the two. Whilst the platforming has some challenges such as jumps and traps as well as numerous enemies to take out, it doesn’t make use of an overall life system, instead, it makes use of a system where each time you die you simply restart at the previous checkpoint.
Health is easy to lose between lives but just as easy to replenish thanks to food you can find around each level. Each food item you find contributes towards filling up a chicken leg icon at the top of the screen, once you’ve filled one of these up enough it becomes an edible bit of food you can eat to fully restore one health heart.
Each of the game’s 36 levels is packed full of seeds you can collect to upgrade Kave and his gear. Once you have enough seeds you can visit the shop from the level select screen and choose from several upgrades, from weapon enhancements to more health. You’ll also find one golden statue very carefully hidden in each level, this requires you to embrace your inner explorer as they are often hidden out of sight in hard to reach places.
As you work your way through each level you’ll come across various different enemies to defeat. Some are ground level, some are flying, and some can fire projectiles, but overall they’re not too much of a challenge, although you should avoid making bodily contact with them as it takes away some of your health. There are some really challenging moments where you’ll enter an area and the walls will suddenly close and you’ll find yourself having to defeat a fast horde of around 15 enemies, usually flying ones. Admittedly this was a bit of a challenge at first for me as the enemies in these closed-off sections come at you fast but once I’d had a bit of time with them killing me over and over again, I got used to their movements and was able to easily take them out.
There are some parts I found really annoying, but they were down to controller sensitivity for the most part. These parts occur on some levels and will have Kave using a glider or his jet pack to glide through lengthy sections trying to avoid a bunch of obstacles along the way. Unfortunately, it seemed the controls weren’t reacting on time meaning I was hitting obstacles far too much. What makes this worse is that the sections don’t contain any checkpoints, so once you die you go right back to start of said section, which led me to some frustrating moments.
At the end of each level area (the final level of an area), you’ll come across a boss fight. For the most part, these aren’t too hard but if you’re like me, it may still take a few attempts and a bit of cursing before finally having the satisfaction of taking them down.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this game as a platformer is the Jetpack, which you’ll use quite a lot to help you navigate through each level. At first, it can be used to navigate over small jumps but as you progress through the game you’ll unlock the ability to jump further and bash through rock walls with it using its dash mode. As well as providing some much-needed humor (typically, jetpacks didn’t exist back in those days) it’s also one of the most important parts of the gameplay.
In conclusion, Jet Kave Adventure is a fantastic platforming game that will provide players with a good few hours of fun. It plays really well and despite having no dialogue, the story although rather weird is really easy to follow. I’ve spent countless hours with this game just playing it and having fun.
That concludes our Jet Kave Adventure review. To purchase the game for Nintendo Switch, check out the links below.