Pumpkin Jack is a 3D platformer with strong Maximo vibes

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Pumpkin Jack is a videogame about Jack, who is the pumpkin lord. It's also a videogame strongly reminiscent of PlayStation 2 classic Maximo: Ghosts to Glory (opens in new tab), which was famous for a) basically being a 3D take on Ghouls and Ghosts and b) therefore being very hard. 

As the trailer above will make clear, it's a horror-themed game but it's pretty far from being scary. Instead, you'll romp around as pumpkin-headed Jack, smashing up enemies with combos, evading them with dodges, and solving the occasional puzzle along the way. These puzzles are of the physics-oriented variety, though each level will introduce new problem solving themes. 

In other words, it's a 3D platformer, and probably a bit more varied than ye olde Maximo after all. If you're keen to give Pumpkin Jack a spin before its October 24 release date, there's a demo available on the game's Steam page (opens in new tab)

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.