Junk Jack

Good
  • Huge array of blocks and other craftable items that ensures a full item hunt
  • Each planet feels different in terms of biomes with vast caves to explore
Bad
  • Controls can be awkward on the smaller supported devices
  • Combat never quite achieves the potential which leaves many weapons and armours underused

Junk Jack is a sandbox adventure title that has its roots in the mobile space where the first game was released in 2011 (now known as Junk Jack Retro). This 2013 version of Junk Jack serves as a sequel with a similar core gameplay loop while also expanding the series to computer and the Nintendo Switch. Offering a randomly generated game world for players to explore while you craft, build and hopefully survive in a pixelated game world.

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The core gameplay of Junk Jack focuses on exploration, with players spending much of their time exploring the randomly generated world in search of various resources and hidden treasures to grow their array of tools. Junk Jack offers plenty of biomes to give the game a realistic feel along with plenty of different monsters that both combine to ensure great variety and is a particular highlight on the mobile versions where games of this level are harder to come by.

This exploration is intended to be the relaxing portion of the game as players move through different planets of content where you learn new mechanics to ultimately build the best home possible. Alongside this home you’ll have the opportunity to tame or breed creatures, cook different foods, collect plants, fish and flowers for the completionist focused gamer and play with friends to help you achieve those goals. With all of the mechanics and paths to take your Junk Jack experience sandbox players will feel well catered for regardless of where your focus lies.

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Mining also plays a large role in Junk Jack and allows players to collect resources and gems to create the hundreds of items which are at the heart of all the sandbox mechanics. These hundreds of items players can craft include food, weapons, tools and even furniture to decorate your home while using different resource types that keep players hunting. Best of all Junk Jack features a handy crafting book where you can keep track of all your recipes so you don’t need to memorise all of them with this utility accessed through either a grid or a single click mode that is a significant quality of life for mobile gamers.

Other notable features that Junk Jack offers includes day/night cycles, unique underground biomes to create varied dungeon experiences, a mini map, plenty of explosive weapons, several game slots, a ridiculous number of blocks, recipes, treasures and things to craft. With all these game features to explore you will quickly be hooked on the gameplay that Junk Jack has to offer be it in the creative or core game modes.

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If you are a fan of Minecraft or Terraria and looking for a mobile focused game to play then Junk Jack should be at the top of your list and is well worth the small price in this marketplace.

Summary:

  • One of the best sandbox games for mobile devices.
  • Experience a great adventure with a sequel to the original (Junk Jack Retro)
  • Plenty of activities and content to explore with thousands of items to craft to improve your inventory and home.
  • Quality of life mechanics including one click crafting keeps you focused on gameplay than micromanagement.
  • Affordable price across mobile, Steam and Nintendo Switch.

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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