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.

If you need help, please contact us!

New England Gamer's comments:




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http://forum.pixbits.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=448
11-10-2011, 09:38 AM
So when you guys go really deep do you just bring tons of ladders and torches? I am really afraid of getting blocked in there, in the dark!
11-10-2011, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by New England Gamer View Post
So when you guys go really deep do you just bring tons of ladders and torches? I am really afraid of getting blocked in there, in the dark!
No, I bring torches and I'm usually already carrying a ton of dirt. If I'm low on torches, I pick them up and move them with me. To get back up, I drop squares of dirt to make stairs.

I mostly worry about running out of pick-axes, so I make sure I have plenty of wood, since you can't find that underground too much.

11-10-2011, 10:29 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Forge World
Posts: 6,310
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Originally Posted by New England Gamer View Post
So when you guys go really deep do you just bring tons of ladders and torches? I am really afraid of getting blocked in there, in the dark!
I take lots of torches (green goo and wood) and some ladders,dirt,pickaxes, a gold hammer and sword. And if I run out of ladders I start to make either stairs out of dirt blocks or dig down in a pattern like in the pic.
11-10-2011, 10:35 AM
Is there some trick to getting recipes? I've been playing for about two hours and haven't found any recipes at all. Being very new to this style of game (never having played Minecraft) this is problematic. I have used starter guides to figure out the basics, but having to return to those guides constantly is a nuisance.

I am sure I will learn the recipes over time and need the guide less, but had I not been aware of the guides the game would have been impossible to play (I *was* able to make some compacted dirt, which was entirely unhelpful, before I looked it up).

I'm fairly sure I'd seen others mention the inconsistency of recipe drops, but I hadn't seen anyone say they had never gotten one in two hours of play. I did put it on peaceful to start with so that I didn't have to contend with baddies while learning, so maybe that has something to do with it.

I know there are changes to the craftbook coming in an update, but a craftbook does me little good without recipes to put in it.

Aside from the recipe problem, I have really been enjoying the game. Now that I at least understand how to navigate properly and build a bit and at least can make pickaxes and torches, I've had a lot of fun. The presentation is fantastic.
11-10-2011, 10:39 AM
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 824
I nearly lost 50 mithril, 40 gold ores, and quite a bit of silver when my game crashed near the bedrock. It appears that the bedrock is quite vulnerable to crashes; I've encountered a crash twice by poking at it. Also, I think that the game should have some sort of auto-save system. Or at least make it clear whether the pause button is a save button. =)
11-10-2011, 10:42 AM
@oooooomonkey - thanks - I tend to stay close to the top for fear of getting too lost or running out of stuff, but maybe if I stock up I can venture a little deeper!
11-10-2011, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by bruab View Post
No, I bring torches and I'm usually already carrying a ton of dirt. If I'm low on torches, I pick them up and move them with me. To get back up, I drop squares of dirt to make stairs.

I mostly worry about running out of pick-axes, so I make sure I have plenty of wood, since you can't find that underground too much.
Thanks this is good too! I use the dirt a lot so I can bring that too. Ok maybe I am ready to face the darkness now with these tips!
11-10-2011, 11:03 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: New York State
Posts: 2,403
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Originally Posted by symmetrian View Post
Is there some trick to getting recipes? I've been playing for about two hours and haven't found any recipes at all. Being very new to this style of game (never having played Minecraft) this is problematic. I have used starter guides to figure out the basics, but having to return to those guides constantly is a nuisance.
I must be old school enough that as soon as I saw the "beginner" guide was really "your spoiler guide" I immediately closed the web page without spoiling anything other than having picked up how to make the wood plank.

Yes, things are "punishingly" random and slow paced, but as I find the recipes on my own, man do I feel like vistas are opening up before me.

I guess what I'm saying is there's no trick that I've seen, I just keep plodding along stripping the one world as I go and I've found enough that now I can make ladders, a basic sword, pick axe, torches, etc.., and I'm happy that I'm taking it at its natural pace. I'm still a long way off of doing anything advanced, but that's the excitement: is *this* block I'm tapping on like a lab rat going to be the one that opens up the next advancement, or will it just be another piece of dirt?

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11-10-2011, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by C.Hannum View Post
I must be old school enough that as soon as I saw the "beginner" guide was really "your spoiler guide" I immediately closed the web page without spoiling anything other than having picked up how to make the wood plank.

Yes, things are "punishingly" random and slow paced, but as I find the recipes on my own, man do I feel like vistas are opening up before me.

I guess what I'm saying is there's no trick that I've seen, I just keep plodding along stripping the one world as I go and I've found enough that now I can make ladders, a basic sword, pick axe, torches, etc.., and I'm happy that I'm taking it at its natural pace. I'm still a long way off of doing anything advanced, but that's the excitement: is *this* block I'm tapping on like a lab rat going to be the one that opens up the next advancement, or will it just be another piece of dirt?
I'm down with this, I guess, but having gotten zero recipes and not having much luck just guessing at how to make things, if I didn't use the guide I'd still be chopping trees down with my hands.
11-10-2011, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by symmetrian View Post
I'm down with this, I guess, but having gotten zero recipes and not having much luck just guessing at how to make things, if I didn't use the guide I'd still be chopping trees down with my hands.
I had the same problem,thought it was a bug perhaps and reinstalled it this morning.
After restarting i found 21! recipes in the 1st 10 minutes.The rest of the day nothing,been playing about 3,5 hours.

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