iLounge Game Spotlight: JoyJoy
JoyJoy ($2) is a frantic, flashy shooter from Radiangames. Originally released on Xbox Live Indie Games four years ago, JoyJoy just hit the App Store this week with touchscreen controls. The developer has noted the scoring system has been revised for the new mobile version, as has the game’s UI.
From the start, JoyJoy’s look reminded us of an old-school handheld water tank game, where you’d have to push a button to get a ring or a ball to float to a certain place. It’s simple, but inviting, with fluid animation. Screenshots don’t really do the game justice. Your small ship is trapped inside a similar, blue area and you must zoom around, fending off enemies with a variety of weapons as you dip and dive past them. Each new level — referred to as a wave — brings new enemies, patterns, and challenges.
Luckily, the controls in JoyJoy are much more precise than in those old floaty games. For such an action-packed game, we found them quite enjoyable. Using onscreen controls, one stick controls your ship, and the other fires — though firing is done automatically, you can take manual control if you’d prefer. Another button switches through six different weapons, which can all be upgraded, and a fourth button activates Ultrafire mode, unleashing a rapid-fire torrent of shots from your ship. We played the game on an iPad mini and found the onscreen controls worked fine, but we can see why controller support would be quite welcome for a game like this — if you have a controller, your thumbs will thank you.
To the average gamer who isn’t a huge shooter fan, games like these can become tiresome quickly. However, JoyJoy does a great job of providing several options to keep a gamer’s interest — five different difficulty settings are there from the start, with two unlockable settings offered as well. Control options can be changed, and achievements are saved at every level of the game. Most notably, a separate challenge mode tasks players with surviving a particular level for four minutes while trying to get the highest score possible in that time. Some players might prefer it to the more traditional wave mode.
If we had any qualms, we’d like to see JoyJoy switch up its colors a bit more — an ominous red feels welcome whenever it takes over the screen — and we wouldn’t mind larger levels and a bit more variety in the enemies. But the game’s tight control, mix of weapons, and different game modes — not to mention the $2 price tag — should give many gamers reason to consider a download. For shooting buffs, JoyJoy is a no-brainer.
iLounge Rating: B
- China tightening restrictions on mobile games starting next month
- Apple requiring HTTPS connections from all apps starting in 2017
- Apple announces Swift Playgrounds for iPad, coming this fall
- Rumor: Apple to announce iMessage for Android at WWDC next week?
- Schiller: Apple moving toward App Store subscription model
- Google’s new Motion Stills app lets iOS users make GIFs out of Live Photos
- Apple’s UK tax bill under scrutiny
- Apple lays out ‘differential privacy’ plan for data collection
- Report: New iPhone’s space gray to be ‘much darker color’
- Incipio to acquire Skullcandy
- Apple confirms iOS 10 kernel was left open to improve performance
- Apple leaves iOS 10 kernel open to scrutiny
- Judge throws out ‘Error 53’ lawsuit against Apple
- Chinese company in iPhone patent fight is all but defunct
- Apple adds nine more apps to universal search in Apple TV
- WSJ: iPhone to see modest changes this year, eliminate headphone jack
- Phiaton BT 460 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
- Zagg Slim Book for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Element Case Ronin for iPhone 6/6s
- JBL Clip 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
- Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones
- Catalyst Case for iPad mini 4
- Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
- Zagg Flex Arc Wireless Earbuds + Speakers
- Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC SonicPro Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation
- Twelve South BookBook for 12.9” iPad Pro
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10
- Filling the Gap: A look at third-party HomeKit apps
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3
- Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app