Jetpack Joyride update adding gadgets on Thursday

Halfbrick's free-to-play forever-runner, Jetpack Joyride, has developed quite a dedicated fanbase since its launch in 2011, thanks in no small part to the Australian developer's handful of free content updates. The next free content update is scheduled to hit on April 26 and it's the largest yet, fundamentally changing the way the game is played.

Halfbrick's free-to-play forever-runner, Jetpack Joyride, has developed quite a dedicated fan base since its launch in 2011, thanks in no small part to the Australian developer's handful of free content updates. The next free content update is scheduled to hit on April 26 and it's the largest yet, fundamentally changing the way the game is played.

The Gadgets Update adds, well, gadgets to Jetpack Joyride. So what are gadgets? Put simply, they're akin to perks, modifying your abilities, allowing you to collect more coins or stay alive slightly longer. In the harrowing world of Jetpack Joyride, where death is a single screen-tap away, any slight advantage can make all the difference.

Every time you play you'll be able to equip two gadgets (unlocked with in-game cash). Here's the full list of gadgets on hand, along with their official descriptions:

Air Barrys (3500 Coins) - Leap gracefully over obstacles with these designer sneakers.

Nerd Repellant (2000 Coins) - The patent-pending formula is so potent that the whole laboratory had to be abandoned.

Insta-Ball (2000 Coins) - Bounce off the floor instead of going splat. Great for traveling a few extra meters.

Gravity Belt (5000 Coins) - Makes the ground come at you a lot faster than usual. Be sure to bend your knees when you land.

Missile Jammer (5000 Coins) - Replaces the missile guidance program with pictures of kittens downloaded from the internet. Only works if the kittens are particularly cute.

Token Gift (5000 Coins) - What do you give someone who has everything? A free final spin token, of course!

Freeze-O-Matic (3000 Coins) - There’s no better way to cool down after a hard run than being snap-frozen in a solid block of ice. It also helps you slide a few extra meters.

X-Ray Specs (4500 Coins) - This high-tech eyewear is both fashionable and functional. Now you can look inside vehicle pickups and other places you’re not supposed to see.

Gemology (6500 Coins) - A special blingification technique that converts coins into high-value gems. For some reason it only works on coins minted in 1985.

Ezy-Dodge Missiles (5500 Coins) - If you’re going to play a game of chicken with a missile, make sure it’s an Ezy-Dodge!

Magnetic Tokens (4500 Coins) - Every token is fitted with a super-strong magnet. They are easier to collect, but will probably wipe your credit card.

Flying Pig (6000 Coins) - This highly-unstable coin transporter was designed by a scientist with a particular fondness for physical comedy.

Free Ride (5000 Coins) - Stop off at the motor pool before smashing through the laboratory wall. Why didn’t Barry think of this earlier.

Coin Magnet (6000 Coins) - Once you get used to the feeling of being endlessly pelted with coins you will start to wonder how you ever lived without it.

Lucky Last (5500 Coins) - Your final spin token is forged from fortunium, the world’s luckiest element.

The update should be available as the App Store is refreshed very late on Wednesday night.

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