[VR Review] The Only Good Virtual Boy Games, Part 5: Jack Bros


This is an interesting one. It’s Halloween themed, featuring three classic monsters as the protagonists: Jack Frost, Jack Lantern, and Jack Skelton. The story goes that they were visiting the human world for Halloween, but must return to the fairy world that they came from before the portal connecting the two worlds closes.

Jack Bros is surprisingly an Atlus game. It’s a spinoff from their popular, long running Megami Tensei series. It’s sort of a top-down dungeon crawler as you might expect based on that, with the twist that you can see the next maze far below you. Upon completing the current maze, you jump down to the one below, the game’s only real use of the Virtual Boy’s 3D effect.

This is really my only complaint, besides the simplicity of the game’s formula. The boss fights are high point. But still, this is a game that didn’t need to be in 3D. It feels like a SNES game in all red, with some nominal depth effects that don’t add anything to the gameplay.

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