You got your launch game in my platformer! Or is it the other way around? Either way, in Rocket Pets, a new game from Jay Armstrong, you play as a cute fluffy little animal with a jetpack strapped to its back. Your goal is to collect as many coins and powerups as you can before your jetpack overheats or you get killed by spikes (or any of the many other obstacles).
You run forward automatically; click and hold or press [spacebar] to lift yourself up. As you advance, you'll earn coins that you can use to unlock upgrades, new worlds, and (most importantly) other animals. These other animals serve as extra lives, but they each have their own set of upgrades. And you can even buy them hats! And since Jimp did the art, the hats are flippin' adorable. Rocket Pets proves that horizontal launch games and platformers are two great tastes that can indeed go great together.