Jazzpunk is one of many games that I picked up, and then proceeded to never open, in a recent Steam sale. For people that are unfamiliar with Steam, it's a program that allows you to digitally purchase and download video games. In addition to a variety of social features (like a friends list), Steam is known for its seasonal sales, where many games are discounted by 75% or more. This causes silly people like myself to impulse purchase a lot of stuff that they may never actually play. After several months, I've finally gotten around to trying out Jazzpunk, and boy am I happy with that decision.
Ostensibly, Jazzpunk is an adventure game set in a sort-of Cold War world, with the protagonist taking on missions to undermine the Soviets. In reality, though, nothing here is very demanding of the player's capabilities, as the games's primary aim is to serve up joke after joke as you explore.
This game takes a delightfully madcap approach to comedy by packing all of its environments with objects and characters that will react to you in completely unexpected ways. Within the first 30 seconds of the game's opening, I encountered a simple box on a bench that flashed the sentence "I'm just a box, leave me alone" across the screen, accompanied by a throaty gurgling sound. In another area, you can acquire a fly swatter and then proceed to hit everyone and everything around you with it.
The sound design in this game is excellent across the board. Wacky sound effects, including xylophones, distorted voices and Wilhelm screams, abound. I've honestly had more fun meandering around and clicking on things to hear what kind of sound(s) they make than I've had with the entirety of some other games.
If you're looking for a small, funny palette cleanser of a game, Jazzpunk is highly recommended.