- Solid arcade action
- Nice visual design
- Good range of different weapons and power ups
- Controls a little fiddly on smaller devices
- Difficulty in selecting the desired weapons often leaves you ignoring the option
JoyJoy is an attractive and fast-paced shooter that delivers frenetic action in a crisp, clear, and consumable fashion.
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There is nothing new about JoyJoy’s premise. At heart it is a classic twin stick shooter formed from the same mold as Smash TV and Geometry Wars. What developer Radiangames has attemted to bring to this tried and tested formula is an attractive visual style, and versatile weapons system.
You must guide your ship around an arena populated by ever increasing waves of enemies. Collecting them from fallen foes, you can hold a total of six ammunition types. These include spread fire, ricochet bullets, and even homing projectiles, all of which can be switched between at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, because you only have one button to cycle between all the weapons, you have to keep scrolling to find the one you want.
Controlling the combat will feel incredibly familiar to twin-stick shooter fans. Though the twin sticks can prove fiddly on smaller devices, a robust editor allows you to move both sticks around the screen to wherever is comfortable. On the larger iPad screen, however, the controls really came into their own, giving us the precision we needed to target bosses directly, and demolish waves with a masterful sweep of our thumb.
Impressively, the frantic combat is incredibly easy to follow, thanks largely to the game's clean aesthetic. Unlike many similar shooter titles, the colour pallette is admirably restrained, with only a couple of colours onscreen at any one time. It's a handsome look, which also helps you identify your craft within the constant storm of bullets.
The game isn't shy about upping the ante, either. If the rising aggression of the waves wasn't enough, JoyJoy provides a plethora of difficulty settings. These increase the challenge significantly, and will extend the lifespan of the game for those who master casual mode in an afternoon.
JoyJoy is an attractive and fast-paced shooter that delivers frenetic action in a crisp, clear, and consumable fashion. While we found the additional weapons more limiting than freeing, this didn’t prevent the frenetic arcade combat keeping us thoroughly entertained.
DescriptionHarkening back to the classics of the twin-stick shooting genre, JoyJoy offers up pure action satisfaction. It's just you, the arena, an assortment of weapons, and more enemies than you can shake a vulcan cannon at. Swap between six different guns on the fly and choose the right weapon for each situation. Charge up your Ultra Attack to unleash the devastating power of each of your offensive skills and send a pile of your foes to the scrapyard in one fell swoop.
Battle dozens of swarms of aggressive attackers in Waves Mode or dive into the Challenges Mode to take on specially-tuned tests of your shooting skills. Collect a variety of power-ups that will increase the power of your weapons, give you a temporary helping hand, or improve the parameters of your ship. Rack up the highest score you can and compare your best runs with those of your friends. Get into the zone and discover the joy that comes from staying one step ahead in this intense action experience.
Smooth Controls: Use touch controls or grab your controller to enjoy some of the smoothest twin-stick shooting around!
Multiple Weapons: Swap between 6 different weapons on the fly. Pick the right gun for the right job in order to stay alive!
Plentiful Power-Ups: Pick up power-ups to increase the power of your weapons, improve your ship's parameters, or get a temporary helping hand in your battle against the enemy swarms!
Enemies Galore: Take the fight to massive waves of enemy forces. Learn each enemy's behavior and choose the best strategy to counter them!
Lethal Bosses: These extra-tough opponents will put your skills to the test. Keep calm and take them on!
Multiple Modes: Wade into a crowd of nasty baddies in the Waves Mode, or take on tailor-picked tests in the Challenges Mode!
Customizable Difficulty: How intense do you want your shooting action? Have it your way with 7 different difficulty settings!
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