magnetic_joe_2 screenBack in February, HD Publishing released a free iPhone version of their highly rated mobile title Magnetic Joe [App Store], indicating that they wanted to introduce the title to the iPhone gaming community and then follow it up with the second and third installments as paid apps.  As promised, Magnetic Joe 2 [link] has just appeared in the App Store.

Magnetic Joe 2 offers similar gameplay to the original but rises above it by offering 100 levels (twice that of the original), four new games modes, Internet ranking, opponent best-time downloads, and the following unlockable items:

  • Cloak: Joe becomes invisible, making the levels even more challenging
  • Bad: Makes Joe stronger, letting him destroy walls more easily
  • Rerverse: Reverses the controls. Now you have to demagnetize Joe
  • Josephine: She is light and floats better
  • Bot: Makes Joe immune to robots
  • Fire: Makes Joe immune to fires
  • Hood: Makes Joe immune to spike balls and green monsters

Magnetic Joe 2, like the original, is essentially an inertia game in which you must control the path of Joe while avoiding various obstacles. But, instead of rocket thrusters, you influence the movement by strategically activating Joe's magnetic abilities. Simply tap on the screen to turn it on, and the magnets will do the rest. You have to be strategic, however, to avoid hitting unwanted obstacles (such as spikes).

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The graphics are nothing to write home about, but the unique play mechanic makes for a fun game.  The original was well received by our forum members, and anyone who likes what they see there should find Magnetic Joe 2 to be at least as entertaining.  The free, initial release [link] should serve as a nice demo of the concept for those considering this sequel.

App Store Link: Magnetic Joe 2, $1.99

  • http://www.alienated.rox.pl Alienated

    Uhh, I bought this game straight when I saw it, I loved it when I played mobile version. This game is full of bugs on iPhone, menu changes it's orientation without any user move, background is corrupted - eyes of 'Joe' are in the middle of the screen instead of his head. Graphics isn't improved at all. Not worth 1,99$. Hoped for more.. and still hoping they will fix the bugs.

    It's worth to get some QA, most wanted! :)

  • http://www.alienated.rox.pl Alienated

    Uhh, I bought this game straight when I saw it, I loved it when I played mobile version. This game is full of bugs on iPhone, menu changes it's orientation without any user move, background is corrupted - eyes of 'Joe' are in the middle of the screen instead of his head. Graphics isn't improved at all. Not worth 1,99$. Hoped for more.. and still hoping they will fix the bugs.

    It's worth to get some QA, most wanted! :)

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Interesting. I saw no bugs of that sort in spending a couple hours with the game.

    • http://www.alienated.rox.pl Alienated

      Hmm, so it must be iPhone OS 3.0 then. I'm a QA tester so it just hurt my eyes to see such bugs (even worked with Most Wanted 'Ghostbusters' mobile project). Anyway, I thought that every new application in store should be already compatible with OS 3.0 since 8th of May.

      • arn

        just new submissions. this one was probably submitted before that cut-off

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Interesting. I saw no bugs of that sort in spending a couple hours with the game.

    • http://www.alienated.rox.pl Alienated

      Hmm, so it must be iPhone OS 3.0 then. I'm a QA tester so it just hurt my eyes to see such bugs (even worked with Most Wanted 'Ghostbusters' mobile project). Anyway, I thought that every new application in store should be already compatible with OS 3.0 since 8th of May.

      • arn

        just new submissions. this one was probably submitted before that cut-off

  • Adams Immersive

    Graphics aside, the free version was stable and fun for me. (But I never finished the 50 levels so I may not buy more.)

  • Adams Immersive

    Graphics aside, the free version was stable and fun for me. (But I never finished the 50 levels so I may not buy more.)

  • popejohn

    Dont know why but the music reminds me of the old Alex Kidd in Miracle World game back in the days of the sega master system.

  • popejohn

    Dont know why but the music reminds me of the old Alex Kidd in Miracle World game back in the days of the sega master system.

  • http://www.magneticjoe.com Peter

    Hi guys, the 3.0 version of MJ2 is coming soon (in a week).

  • http://www.magneticjoe.com Peter

    Hi guys, the 3.0 version of MJ2 is coming soon (in a week).