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Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures

Score: 80%
ESRB: Not Rated
Publisher: Alawar
Developer: Alawar
Media: Download/1
Players: 1 - 2
Genre: Platformer (2D)

Graphics & Sound:

Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures is a fun, budget title that belongs on your work computer when you really don’t want to push that paper any more. It belongs in the same folder as Tetris, Solitaire, and Free Cell.

The graphics of this back-to-the-basics 2D platformer are clean and colorful, giving the game a very cartoony look. Each type of character is large and recognizable, making it easy to figure out which villains you need to keep your distance from, and which you can go in acorns-blazing.

The music of Winter Adventures has a very Christmas feel to it. Though I doubt I heard any actual Christmas songs playing, there were a lot of tunes that used bells and tambourines. This, plus the various sound effects as you gain items, throw nuts, and get hit by enemies, make the audio aspect of Foxy Jumper amusing.


Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures gives you control of one (or two, depending on the number of players) foxes that are trying to collect all of the jewels, treasure chests, coins, gifts, and whatever other goodies they can find. You’ll find yourself jumping from one side of the screen to the other to collect these items.

Along the way, you have a large number of villains to face. The baddies include ghosts, jack-in-the-boxes (that look just like gifts), and bad guys that pogo around. There are also characters that look like cartoon versions of “Critters” (you know, those 80’s horror movies).

Once you have collected all of the treasures in a level, a Christmas star will appear. Get the star and the tree lights up. Then you do it all over again in the next level.

Foxy Jumper 2 is made up of 47 levels (grouped in sevens). When you go to play the game, you’re asked which group you want to play. If you only have the trial version, then the first group is the only thing unlocked. If you die while playing through a grouping (say you die in level 10, which is in the second set), then you will restart back at the beginning of the group (in this case, you’d go back to level 8). This is fine, but if you keep dying -- it gets a little aggravating losing that progress.


Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures is about as difficult as any 2D platformer. You’ll find that most of the time, the mistakes you make deal with timing your jumps so that you don’t get hit by an enemy. I found I was able to go through most of the game rather quickly and died only a few times (and those were in the last seven levels).

Typically, Foxy Jumper 2 was difficult enough to keep me interested, but not something I had to invest major time into. I found that effectively using items like the Clock and Bomb helped to speed things along and made it easier to keep from making those simple mistakes.

Game Mechanics:

Foxy Jumper 2: Winter Adventures has a control scheme that can be easily modified by the player, but I’ll go over the basic default settings. Since this game is designed for two players, but is not network compatible, when playing with a friend, the two of you will have to get cozy and share the keyboard. One player takes the W, S, A, and D buttons to move around on the board. The Left Control (Ctrl) button is used to fire off an acorn. The other player uses the Arrow buttons and the Right Control button. I found this to be a slight problem on laptops. Since a lot of laptop keyboards don’t have both Control buttons, every time I went to play the game, I had to edit the control scheme.

In one player mode, only the left player’s controls are used, which is okay, except for the fact that the Control button on my laptop is missing is the one on the right, so I still had to go in and edit the scheme to play.

For what it is, Winter Adventures is a fun, simple game that you can play through a few levels of when you are trying to pass some time. If you are the type of person who goes to online games or plays the basic games that come on your computer when you buy it, then download Foxy Jumper 2 right here (even if it is just for the trial mode).

-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP, Pentium I or higher, 64 MB RAM, DirectX compatible Video Card with 1MB of memory and 800x600x16bit resolution, DirectX compatible sound-card, Aprox 45MB of Hard Drive Space

Test System:

Toshiba Satellite series laptop, Windows XP Home Ed., 2.0 GHz Celeron, 1 GB RAM, 24X DVD/CD ROM, 32 MB 3D accelerator

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