App description: Junk Jack is a 2D sandbox game where you can explore, build your home and survive in random procedurally generated worlds full of monsters, treasures and hidden secrets!

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What the press says:

"A Wonderful Free-Roam Game with an Irresistible Pixel Aesthetic"
-Iphonealley.com, 4.5/5

"It has charm in spades. While it isn't the first 2D sandbox building game out there, it is a particularly attractive one, sporting crisp pixel art and gorgeous lighting effects. "
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-Toucharcade, 4/5

"Junk Jack is a hands-down, no questions asked must-own for any and all iOS users who love sandbox crafting games."
-148apps, 4.5/5

"Junk Jack isn't Minecraft, nor does it feel like it needs to be as its 2D world provides the same level of novel exploration fun while presenting challenges of its own to overcome; a tightly balanced free form experience that's only going to get better with time."
-Appspy, 5/5

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Join our forum (http://forum.pixbits.com) and help us to improve our game, and share your creations!

Features:

* retro style pixel art!
* beautiful sound tracks from Bright Primate
* intuitive controls: swipe to move and tap to interact with everything!
* dynamic day/night cycle
* never get lost with customizable signs
* advanced farming system with more than 30 different plant types
* 135+ recipes for cookable foods!
* tint cloth blocks with 15 color dyes
* underground biomes with unique graphic style and monsters.
* placeable and throwable explosives that can destroy buildings, landscapes and monsters!
* critters and enemies to fight (more than 60 different mobs!)
* a fully featured lighting system together with many different sources of light and global lighting
* 3 slots for infinite worlds that you can generate and explore, every world is different from any other!
* procedural generation which creates beautiful worlds with plants, caves, different biomes all around the world
* a double layered world which allows to customize background and foreground of your creations
* many ores and shiny gems to help your adventure
* many hidden containers full of treasures
* more than 1000 treasures!
* more than 600 crafts!
* more than 380 block types
* many elements to decorate your houses (like sofas, tables, wardrobes, paintings, statues and many others)
* an in-game discoverable book to teach you how to play and the recipes available
* shelfs to place items around just to make your buildings shine
* minimap (with a really zoomed out feature to allow you to share your creations)
* runs fine on older gen hardware

We would like to thank Notch! He developed our bigger indie brother Minecraft, without which this game would not exist.

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New England Gamer's comments:




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01-12-2013, 01:55 AM
Junk Jack is a completely different game than the Blockheads. In the Blockheads you can conteol up to three different characters, while Junk Jack has one character. Junk Jack has much more content at this point. So if I were you, I would buy Junk Jack. It is definitely worth it.
01-12-2013, 01:59 AM
Thanks for the fast replies guys! One more question, likely the deciding factor for my purchase. I'm a big fan of avatar customization and I really enjoyed creating and coloring my blockheads outfits. Is there anything similar to that in this game?

01-12-2013, 09:39 AM
How many Game Center achievements does this game have?
And is there icloud syncing?

Thanks in advance
01-12-2013, 10:19 AM
If Junk Jack employed the vastly superior control method that Blockheads uses I'd have no trouble coming back to JJ long term. But it's annoying as all hell in comparison, playing like a broken platformer. It's such an unsuitable method for touchscreens.

Otherwise this game beats the merry hell out of blockheads and it's hateful IAP structure!
01-12-2013, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Gamigo78 View Post
Junk Jack is a completely different game than the Blockheads. In the Blockheads you can conteol up to three different characters, while Junk Jack has one character. Junk Jack has much more content at this point. So if I were you, I would buy Junk Jack. It is definitely worth it.
Actually they're virtually identical, except for the fact that The Blockheads has better control, barely any content in comparison, and horrible IAPs. But otherwise they are both building and digging games, very similar indeed.

(There's a lot of variety above ground in blockheads, but barely any be,ow ground; there's also practically zero loot below ground, and nowhere near as much stuff to make, not even close. The control in Blockheads is vastly superior, but that's about it really, it's quite a lonely and poor value experience compared to what you get in JJ for the basic price. The IAPs in Blockheads make you wait long, long time for things to craft unless you start buying crystals, which will rout eventually and then you may need to spend more, and more. In JJ it's instant and it's built into the price of the app, and lasts forever!)

Last edited by mr ed209; 01-12-2013 at 10:26 AM.
01-12-2013, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Fallen_Grace View Post
Howdy folks,I was reading the reviews on Junk Jack again,and was wondering if all the updates since release eased some of my worries and "problems" highlighted in said reviews..namely the steep difficulty curve (do I have to memorize every recipe or fall back on browsing the internet every time to know how and what to do?) and controls (is there too much tapping?).

Thanks in advance

Memorise recipes? There's been a recipe book for as long as I ca remember! Although you can now buy every recipe for it as an optional IAP, but e book stores the ones you already found.
01-12-2013, 10:22 AM
I have no doubts about the quality of the game,my doubts before buying are,as per my previous post,the control scheme and the learning curve
01-12-2013, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Fallen_Grace View Post
I have no doubts about the quality of the game,my doubts before buying are,as per my previous post,the control scheme and the learning curve
I don't really understand concerns about the learning 'curve' - there isn't one as such, it's a sandbox so you can make it as complex or simple as you like. You make your own way through the world digging and crafting and building. You can experiment with crafting using random items if you like but the easiest way is to either find recipe pages underground (which are saved permanently to your recipe book) or just buy ALL the recipes outright as an IAP, which you absolutely don't need to do if you don't want to.

The only hesitation I have in recommending it 100% over blockheads is the controls. You swipe left, right, up or down to move, and tap enemies to hit them. Compared to Blockheads it's antiquated and frustrating as you have to manually navigate EVERYTHING. In blockheads you tap to go somewhere or tap to place blocks, and queue up actions, it's easy and there's automatic path finding which works well.
01-12-2013, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by bramblett05 View Post
Junk jack's learning curve is tough while blockheads is simpler. But deepworld is coming to iPod touch and there's growtopia both really look promising and growtopia has better control than junk jack
Growtopia employs the same IAP rubbish that Blockheads does, though. Doesn't it? As in, your gameplay will be constantly impeded until you cough up endless streams of cash?

I might be wrong, after blockheads annoyed the heck out of me I took one look at growtopia and thought "not twice in one week thanks" but if it's not like that let me know!
01-12-2013, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by bramblett05 View Post
Junk jack's learning curve is tough while blockheads is simpler. But deepworld is coming to iPod touch and there's growtopia both really look promising and growtopia has better control than junk jack
Still not understanding what's so tough about Junk Jack's 'learning curve' - it's exactly the same as every other game in this genre that refreshingly refuses to hold your hand for the first hour.

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