There's no denying that as fun as Mr Jump is, certain levels are incredibly challenging. While some levels just require lots of repetition and do overs in order to learn the lay of the land, others require a little more (unless you want to pay, of course). If you're having a hard time getting past a certain area, here are some tips and hints that can hopefully help you master even the toughest Mr Jump obstacles!
1. Where to tap
Pay attention to where you're tapping on the screen. Never cover the obstacles coming up with your fingers. If you're left handed, you've got it made. Just tap on the left hand side of the screen, preferably in the lower left quadrant.
However, if you're right handed and just can't seem to cope with tapping left-handed, tap in the lower right corner of the screen. I still recommend the left side of the screen as the best place to tap if you can adjust to it since it doesn't obscure obstacles in any way.
2. Play on iPad
The more screen real estate, the better. Mr Jump is no exception. If you have an iPad, try playing on that instead. I've found it makes obstacles coming up a lot more obvious, since you know, BIGGER.
3. Don't get tap happy
It's important to figure out where you should tap and where you should leave well enough alone. In certain areas it's better to let Mr Jump simply walk off a cliff, so to speak. If there's only a small gap to jump across and the other side is lower than the land you're currently on, that's a good indication that you don't need to jump. This only creates more taps and more room for error, so watch for clues like this to make passing levels slightly easier.
4. Cold fingers will fail
If your fingers are cold, there's a higher chance that your iPhone or iPad may not register taps as well. In games like Mr Jump, it can easily make you fail the level. I've had times where I get sucked into a game of Mr Jump for a half an hour or more. When this happens my fingers tend to get cold after a while, especially when it's cold outside.
I then find myself failing sections I normally don't. Blowing warm air on my fingers helps and ensures that the screen is always registering my taps. So if you feel like your screen isn't registering taps like it should, make sure your hands aren't cold.
5. Stick with what works
A lot of Mr Jump involves repetition and remembering what works in different sections of each level. As you find ways to pass obstacles that works, remember those and use them again. For most people this game is a game of progression, not a game that you can simply blow through. Remembering what works for you is a good way to progress faster. As they always say, don't fix what isn't broke!
6. Look ahead
Don't focus on Mr Jump himself while playing. Instead, look a little ahead of him so you know what obstacles stand in your path. This way they're less of a surprise and you have more time to react to unexpected challenges.
7. De-focus your eyes
Try looking slightly right of the center of the screen and de-focusing your eyes, not completely but slightly. I've found this method to work on some levels since you it lets you view more at once. This obviously doesn't work as well on the iPad as it does on the iPhone. But if you don't have an iPad, it's a good trick to try.
8. Short and long, not light and hard
Don't forget that the iPhone and iPad aren't pressure sensitive. That means you don't have to vary how hard you push down on the screen. You only need to concentrate on how long you leave your finger pressed down. Pressing down too hard can result in a longer press than you intended while pressing down too softly can result in your iPhone or iPad not registering anything at all.
9. Don't skip levels
Skipping levels isn't necessarily going to help you. Since Mr Jump is a progressive game, odds are a skill you acquire in one level, you'll need in another. It's best to just work your way through a level, taking breaks in between. This way the next level isn't overwhelming when you get to it, which has been my experience with the two levels I skipped. I actually ended up going back and beating them the real way.
If you're as addicted to Mr Jump as we are, be sure to let us know in the comments what level you've made it to, and of course, any tips and tricks you think can help us all get further, faster!
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