In Jack Lumber you play as an animal loving, tree hating, lumberjack hell bent on getting revenge on all trees because one killed your Granny as she was chillin’ on the porch. While this story is a simple narrative it is pretty amusing and unique. I found myself completing the story missions in about two hours. However that was only because I powered my way through because I wanted to see more of the story. Something I was not expecting to find myself doing in this game. I’ll be honest, I thought this was going to be another fruit slicing remake, but it turned out to be much more and amusing.
Jack Lumber isn’t just about chopping logs, it’s about how you chop the logs. As you progress through the story, you’ll be introduced to new types of logs, each with their own way of needing to be chopped. These range from the standard straight logs, to bent ones, to ones you can only chop in a specific directions and more. You’ll have to stay on your toes to master this game.
As you chop logs, the wood becomes your currency. Which you can spend on granny’s special syrups, beards, and pictures. Granny’s syrups are used to give you an extra hand when playing. While beards make the game more difficult, but in return offer more points. Pictures, well, they are just that, pictures you can put up in your cabin.
After completing portions of the story, you’ll unlock “Infinitree” mode, a cleverly named infinity mode. This is more of your classic arcade aspect, miss three chops and it’s all over. Along with attempting to master each level, I found myself replaying in attempt to beat mine, and everyone else, scores.
While the game is fun and addictive, I do have one minor gripe. When you pause the game and click “Cabin” it will kick you back to the main menu without a confirmation pop up. Causing you to have to play that level all over again. This isn’t a major issue, but I did do it a couple times and got a little annoyed, but I learned and am warning you now. Other then that, the game is solid at it’s core. Well built and full of cute animals. What more could you ask for?
The art and sounds of the game are both really well done. They are your classic cartoon style with plenty of swoosh and pow. Something most games don’t do enough of.
Overall the game is great, and way better then what I originally thought it was going to be like before I started playing. It’s simple, addictive, and I keep finding myself coming back for more.