Jetpack Joyride free on PSN in NA on Monday, today in Europe

Halfbrick's Jetpack Joyride will become a free download on the PlayStation Network beginning today, December 21, in Europe and Monday, December 31, in North America. The game was previously available for $3.99 as a Mini for PSP, PlayStation Vita and PS3.

Jetpack Joyride on PSN includes everything found in the game's 1.3 update. Fly, Barry Streakfries, fly as long as you can!
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HD release adds PlayStation leaderboards and trophies

December 21st, Brisbane, Australia – Halfbrick, creators of the worldwide phenomenon Fruit Ninja, today announced the launch of its smash-hit title Jetpack Joyride on PS3 and PlayStation Vita, developed by fellow Aussie studio Big Ant.

The fan-favorite flyer will be available as a free download on the Sony Entertainment Network from Friday December 21st in Europe and Monday December 31st in North America. This HD release will also include leaderboards and unlockable trophies, allowing players to battle it out with friends and compete for ultimate glory and bragging rights.

"Jetpack Joyride has come a long way in 2012, and we're thrilled to bring it to PS3 and Vita," said Phil Larsen, CMO at Halfbrick. "With the expertise of Big Ant and the huge player base on the Sony Entertainment Network, Barry Steakfries is reaching bigger heights and caps off the year in fine form."

Down on his luck as a struggling gramophone salesman, Barry comes across the "secret" laboratory of Legitimate Research, a corporation dedicated to developing crazy new technologies. Seizing the chance to become a hero, Barry begins his ride after commandeering a jetpack and making good his escape, where the player jumps in and guides his adventure with accessible one-button gameplay.

Along the way, players must avoid lasers, missiles and electro zappers, all the while grabbing coins and trying out even more ridiculous vehicles – Lil' Stomper, Profit Bird and the robot dragon himself, Mr. Cuddles! Supporting the action is a robust Stash system, where everyone can track their progress, upgrade their gear and buy new gadgets for Barry. Grab one of many jetpacks including the classic Machine Gun Jetpack or the colorful Rainbow, suit up in a vast wardrobe of unique costumes and make sure Barry's best friend Flash comes along for the ride!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.