The Jelly family, including Jellydad, Jellymom, and Jellykid, were on their yearly summer jellytrip, when some not-so-friendly space-pirates used their space-plungers to plunge their Jellyship right up! Now Jellydad, separated from his family, must traverse the pirate ship, find his family, and get them to safety... preferably the safety of a tropical resort on a beach planet. It's Jellydad Hero, a puzzle platformer from Snail Bob creator Andrey Kovalishin, and other developers might indeed be a little jelly, baby.
Walk and jump using the [arrow] keys, attempting to make your way to the exit in each level. You can manipulate objects on the ship using [spacebar], as well as absorb certain items and place them where they'll be useful. There is the usual menagerie of baddies, lava pits, spinning blades, falling platforms and bombs to avoid or deal with, so watch out. Also, in each level are three gears that can be collected. Collect enough of these gears, and you'll unlock special bonus levels. Complete all 30 regular levels, though, and you'll save both your family and your vacation! Fans of Snail Bob will find a lot to like here, as Kovalishin gracefully transfers his puzzle genre work from point-and-click to platforming while retaining many of his trademarks: the physical comedy, the soft layer of not-too-difficult challenge, bounding cartoon art, and music that crosses the line into aggressive cheeriness. Jellydad himself might not be quite as charming as Snail Bob (even if he does share the somewhat frustrating slow movement speed), but the imaginative levels are well designed with a lot of cute inside jokes and callbacks sprinkled throughout. In short, Jellydad Hero is, appropriately, a Peanut Butter-and-Jelly sandwich kind of a game: a little familiar and kiddy, but definitely satisfying and a perfect complement to a lazy afternoon.