Jrump is a unique mobile game which takes a rather light hearted dig at the Republican Presidential candidature Donald Trump. The game is set in the year 2017 with Trump at the helm of the US government after trouncing the Democrats in the 2016 Presidential elections. Within a few months Trump is bored of affairs in the US, which has now closed its borders with other countries, and decides to take a journey to other Galaxies to find civilisation and handle their affairs.
We have seen mobile games capturing the funny side of political rivalries before as well. During the run up to the 2014 General assembly elections several poorly designed games like Modi Run and Kursi Cricket were released on Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal and Bharatiya Janata Party’s Narendra Modi, but none could really hold one’s attention for long.
This is where Jrump surpasses them with better gameplay and graphics. Developed by an Auckland, New Zealand based start up Oddboy & AppArcanum, the game is available as free to download on Play Store and App Store.
How it works
The game begins with Trump ready to jump his way up to another Galaxy. The gameplay is similar to the classic Breaking Bricks game that used to be very popular during the feature phone era. The player’s main task throughout the game is to draw brick landings for Trump after every jump. You can create a landing by swiping left to right or right to left on the screen. If you draw straight line, Trump will take a 90 degree jump, but if it is a slight angled line, it will propel Trump at 60 or 70 degrees. You can use these tilted jumps to dodge Mexicans who can be seen flying in the air at regular intervals. This seems like another dig at Trump for his attitude towards Mexicans and Latinos.
The game has three scenarios—the default one is based in a fictional town Wally town DC with White House like structure in the background. The other two are New Dork with Statue of Liberty in backdrop and Follywood with Santa Monica Mountains behind.
The graphics is entirely animated and look funky.
Why you can’t ignore it
Though it sounds fun, playing it is going to be quite challenging. Every scenario requires you to reach a preset altitude, which in turn will unlock the next scenarios for you. And none of that is as easy as it sounds. You can go further in case you want to compete with other players. You can check your rank and the maximum altitude in the game leader board. The game is free and doesn’t involve in-app purchases. However, it carries full page ads which shows quite frequently, yet doesn’t feel intrusive when you are busy with the game. Overall, it is an addictive and engaging game that reminds us of the Flappy Bird a lot.