Remember Jack Move? The rad-looking turn-based RPG inspired by 80’s cyberpunk anime and classic gaming from the same period of time? Well it finally has a release date, and it’s soon! Jack Move has been in development for some time and I found the project exciting from the get-go because of all the attributes I mentioned above. And when they say anime-inspired they are not lying. Take a look at the awesome animated trailer below.
If you haven’t been following the development of the game, here is the gist. You play as an up-and-coming vigilante hacker named Noa whose father Abner has been kidnapped by a mega-corporation called Monomind. Obviously with a name like Monomind, there is no way they are up to any good at all. Apparently Abner was doing research surrounding digitized consciousness and they are very interested in said research. Enough that they would resort to kidnapping him.
Jack Move is a fresh take on turn based Japanese style RPG’s. Promising a unique blend of gritty cyberpunk storytelling, turn-based battles, and beautiful modern pixel art.
Take on the role of Noa Solares: An up-and-coming vigilante hacker from Bright Town. When the overreaching mega-corporation Monomind, kidnaps Abner, her estranged father, Noa has no choice but to get him back, before it’s too late. Why is Abner researching digitised consciousness? And what does Monomind want to do with it?
Noa won’t be alone on her journey. She’ll be helped out by her best friend and tactical planner, Ryder, as well as her Martini drinking uncle and ex-corporate spy, Guin Blakely.-Press Release
Jack Move utilizes a turn-based RPG mechanic inspired by classic Japanese RPGs and a pixel art style to match. It’s also inspired by a lot of 80’s-era cyberpunk anime like Akira and Ghost in the Shell, among others. The result is a delightful looking game that has just about everything I love in it.
Fortunately, I won’t have to wait long to play this. Developer So Romantic and publisher HypeTrain Digital have announced that the game is due out on PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, and Humble Store on September 8th. And on consoles via Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Xbox One a little bit later on September 20th.
That’s not long to wait at all! I’m looking forward to experiencing this 80’s, cyberpunk, anime, pixel art love fest of a game. I’ll be sure to report back here with my thoughts on it once I do.