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Jetpack Joyride Cracks a Million Downloads

And that's just on the PSN. Bravo, our Aussie friends, bravo.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: February 14, 2013
Sometimes you get news in your inbox that just makes you smile. This little bit comes from Down Under, where studios Halfbrick and Big Ant's combined work on a little game called Jetpack Joyride has seen success in the order of a million downloads between the PS3 and PS Vita versions.

The boost is due in no small part to the fact that the game was made available for free back at the end of the year. Originally priced at $3.99, the shift to offering the base game for free was no doubt spurred on by the inclusion of plenty of microtransaction-aided goodies. Though the game is still completely free to play, purchases of in-game currency to unlock new costumes, items, gadgets and upgrades can be funded with actual real-world greenbacks (or whatever far fancier color your local currency is).

Still, a million downloads on just two platforms is a serious accomplishment, and one that underscores the impact of free-to-play releases on consoles as they try to find common ground with the far cheaper world of mobile gaming. Jetpack Joyride was originally developed by Halfbrick for mobile platforms, but Big Ant went and packaged the whole shebang up first as a Minis offering, and later as a full-blown, Trophy-bedazzled download. Big Ant has continued to update the Vita version, patching in support for using buttons (rather than just tapping or holding on the front or back of touch screens), Twitter integration and tweaks to performance, among others.

"Itís been another incredible month for Jetpack Joyride," squealed Halfbrick Chief Marketing Officer Phil Larsen as he reeled from the news. "Player support has been sensational, proving without a doubt that Barry Steakfries is a perfect match for the PS3 and Vita!

"We want to extend a massive thanks to the dedicated team at Big Ant for bringing Jetpack Joyride to Sony's passionate and thriving online community. Our amazing fans continue to exceed expectations, paving the way for more exciting releases further down the line."

Once again, congrats to the folks at Halfbrick and Big Ant. The success of Barry Steakfries and his jetpack-aided adventures couldn't have happened to nicer bunch of folks. If you haven't given the game a shot yet, it's available right now on the PlayStation Store, and yes, it's still free.