Camper Jumper Simulator Review
Breaking Quite Bad
As far as simulator games go, Camper Jumper Simulator sits comfortably in the middle of the spectrum. It is nowhere near as shamelessly empty or offensively shoddy as other titles in what we must now presume is a legitimate genre, but the production quality and entertainment value are still lacking in all areas, even for the next-to-nothing price that it’s currently going for on Steam.
As you might have assumed from the title, Camper Jumper Simulator places you in control of a camper van (with three selectable models), whereby you are given free rein to drive around the four available maps; completing laps, collecting items or just messing around with the over-the-top physics that are apparently a required staple of any simulator title.
To be fair, mastering the driving, jumping and gliding mechanics for the vans – which are required if you want to reach some of the trickier platforming sections – is surprisingly challenging, and I whiled away quite a bit of time on a few challenging hurdles before I realized I was actually having fun. The race tracks themselves are more like obstacle courses than anything else, and the various ramps, destructible buildings and other environmental idiosyncrasies keep things mildly interesting as you explore the layout of the land.
While graphically the maps are nothing to write home about, they do contain a few interesting landmarks (such as a giant laser-shooting robot) which allow them to stand out above the usual set of cooker-cutter backdrops. There are even an assortment of puzzles and secrets, though don’t expect any edgy satire or coy punchlines, as the comedy is as lowest common denominator as you might imagine from such a game.
“I can tell that at least some effort and good intentions went into Camper Jumper Simulator”
Unlike other the cacophony of other barefaced cash-grabs that can be found under the “simulator” section of Steam, I can tell that at least some effort and good intentions went into Camper Jumper Simulator, and for that I’m willing to suggest it might (emphasis on MIGHT) be worth picking up if you’re willing to spare a few dollars.
Let’s be clear here, in the bigger picture, Camper Jumper Simulator is not a very good game. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy myself for the small amount of time that I spent with this obscure little simulator game. I would also be lying if I said I didn’t dance a little to the gloriously cheesy music that boots up every time you’re in the main menu.
[A copy of the game was provided by the developer or publisher for the purpose of this review.]