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Junk Jack X

For: iPad   Also on: iPhone

X marks the spot

Product: Junk Jack X | Developer: Pixbits | Format: iPad | Genre: Adventure, Puzzle | Players: 1 | Networking: wireless (adhoc), wireless (network) | Version: Europe
 
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Exploration in video games has changed a lot in recent years. Many games let you set out on your own, establishing your own boundaries and playing around with the mechanics the developer has provided.

When done right, this can open up a world of possibilities. When done wrong, it can leave you standing in a digital field, rubbing the top of your digital head and crying for a digital parent.

Junk?

The first Junk Jack just about managed to walk the line between the two, but Junk Jack X is a more considered beast. Here you've got simplified crafting, a more open tutorial, and even an Adventure mode for those looking for a little more linearity.

The end result is, in all honesty, pretty similar. There's an extra layer of polish, and a few neat ideas here and there, but you're still side-scrolling through a destructible world gathering up resources and building new objects.

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There are a variety of things to purchase from the shop menu. The full craft book costs 69p / 99c and means you don't have to find recipes to make new items.

You can also buy all of the planets in the game for £1.49 / $1.99 to avoid finding them in Adventure mode.

Then there are a load of hats and other pieces of clothing that give special abilities for 69p/99c each.
The controls are smooth and slick, letting you navigate the blocky world with ease. You slide a finger to move, swiping diagonally to leap onto higher outcrops, and tapping on materials to break them down into usable pieces.

All the randomly generated worlds you explore are vast, stretching a good 15 minutes long at the top, and with deep caverns you can mine into below.

A simple crafting option lets you create anything you have the materials for with a couple of taps, while a more complex system, recommended for seasoned players, requires you to position the materials in a three-by-three grid.

Jack?

The Adventure mode adds a little more impetus, and the ability to play with your friends over wi-fi or online is a great boost, but in the end Junk Jack X is more of the same, albeit far slicker and more refined than its predecessor.

If you're looking for your first taste of mobile craft-'em-ups then Junk Jack X is a great place to start. It's a big welcoming space where you can experiment and explore to your heart's content.

If you're yet to be convinced by the genre, though, there's not much here that's going to sway you in its favour.
 
Junk Jack X
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Harry Slater | 30 August 2013
A polished and well-contructed side-scrolling sandbox, Junk Jack X doesn't build much on the foundations of its predecessor, but what it adds is well worth exploring
 
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