Junk Jack review (iOS / Universal)

June 24, 2012

“Haven’t I seen you somewhere around before?”

10 word description: 2D sandbox; explore, build, survive in randomly generated worlds. Game Center.

An iPhone / iPod screen. The view on iPad is much more ‘zoomed out’

10 word review: 2D Minecraft or Mario Builds Stuff – it’s up to you.

You will like this if you enjoy: Minecraft in 2D on a touch screen. Sandbox platform games with randomly generated worlds. Terraria (quite similar).

The sun is setting. At night, hostile creatures appear

The good news: Familiar yet often surprising. Very nice visuals, particularly the day/night cycle. Lots to do and plenty of achievements. Excellent controls. Frequently being updated with additional content and enhancements.

A small shelter and some torches should get you safely through the first night

The bad news: Gamers who prefer fixed objectives and clearly defined “things to do” would probably find the complete freedom rather perplexing. This would be true of most sandbox games and isn’t a bad feature of this one, just something I thought I’d mention.

Crafting is very similar (ok, almost identical) to Minecraft. Plans and recipes exist in the world as notes that can be collected

Arcadelife verdict: It’s impossible to review this without pointing out that it is very similar in concept and content to Minecraft. Personally, I’d much rather a 2D exploring/building/crafting game on a touch screen device than a 3D version as the controls are instantly a heck of a lot more friendly and don’t get in the way of playing and enjoying the game.

Beyond the Minecraft parallels, of which there are quite a few, Junk Jack is a very good game in its own right. If you always fancied this kind of sandbox game on your iPhone or iPad, but just couldn’t get on with the controls in a 3D world, this is an easy recommendation.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 10/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 90/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

PixBits / Junk Jack website link

Junk Jack official wiki website link

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

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