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Jungle Joe review (iOS / Universal)

May 13, 2012

“Hey Joe, where you gonna run to now, where you gonna go?”

10 word description: Spear throwing, lava jumping, pig ‘rescuing’, balloon popping endless runner.

10 word review: Thoroughly enjoyable runner with good controls and many unlockable characters.

You will like this if you enjoy: Endless runners. Endless runners where you have a bit more to do than just running and jumping.

The good news: Great (simple) controls. Nice graphics. Rather silly characters and concept, therefore great fun. Good assortment of things to avoid and throw spears at. Additional characters with bonus powers such as extra spears and extra lives are not hard to earn through just playing the game; there are IAPs but they don’t appear to be needed unless you’re in a massive hurry, don’t actually want to play the game and have way more money than brain cells.

That dangling voodoo figure grants you temporary invincibility if you spear him

The bad news: Progress doesn’t sync between different devices, at least as far as I could tell. The game (on my 4th gen Touch) freezes if I swap out of the game and go back in again. A fresh start (cancelling it in the multitask list) always sorts it out, but it is still slightly annoying.

Arcadelife verdict: This is a very good addition to the crowded iOS endless runner genre. The mix of jump timing and spear-throwing is very well implemented and the fairly low difficulty level combined with strategic use of the pig multiplier raise the addiction level quite high. Although there are IAPs to buy in-game currency, don’t bother because you really don’t need to do it; it doesn’t take long to unlock extra characters, even the ones with bonus powers.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 87/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Geek Beach / Jungle Joe website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 5.1.1)
iPad (iOS 5.1)
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