Lumber Jacked is your everyday story about a lumberjack, whose supplies of wood were destroyed by beaver mafia and who now craves to make revenge on their furry coats and destroy their boss, Bustin Beaver (yes, really). The game already has two different worlds, each having thirty levels, and there’s more to come in the future. In each level of Lumber Jacked, your task is to run to the end of the level as fast as you possibly can, preferably picking up an item on the way, which, as it happens, is a red lumberjack’s shirt. I won’t go into the implications of collecting someone else’s clothing, so the task is quite simple.
Not only are the levels teeth-grittingly difficult, the time limit makes it virtually impossible to get all three stars that signify a perfect run of the level.
Of course, as it always happens, because the task sounds really simple, it’s actually far from that. The levels contain lots of traps and enemies that kill you immediately if you run into them. The traps can only be avoided, but the enemies can be destroyed by pressing an attack button near them, which makes our hero to lunge forward and crush everything on his way. There are also a double jump and wall slide abilities at your disposal, so that you at least have a chance to avoid the many traps and pits along the way, but of course, the game is packed with them so tightly, it’s not giving you any substantial help. Not only are the levels teeth-grittingly difficult, the time limit makes it virtually impossible to get all three stars that signify a perfect run of the level. The game is no Super Meat Boy and doesn’t really require that many efforts to simply complete the levels, but to get even two stars you’re going to need to pull your efforts up a notch. There are no real issues with the game, maybe with the exception of wall jumping that could really be a bit more comfortable. Lumber Jacked has a great graphic design, featuring HD pixel art backgrounds and enemies and a smooth control scheme that never gets in the way of your game. Wrapping up, Lumber Jacked is a great and exciting way to pass the time. Of course, you need to have a bit of a perfectionist side to yourself, if you want to properly enjoy the game, but you’re not going to be disappointed in it. Although Lumber Jacked isn’t very unique, at still has great gameplay and design, for a fast-running platformer.