Junk Jack is the latest super ambitious and super promising independent game to catch our all-seeing eye. At its core, it’s an adventure-ish game that borrows a lot from another indie darling, Minecraft. It also seems to draw from its side-scrolling cousin Terraria. In it, you’ll be tasked with gathering materials and putting them together, but mostly, you’ll be left to your own devices to explore and survive inside a world filled with treasure, Red Bull, and whatever else the two-man team, Pixbits, decides to drop into it.

Inarguably, Junk Jack is derivative of Mojang’s and Re-Logic’s respective titles, but I think you’ll be surprised when you hear that the team didn’t even know about Terraria when the game and it’s iconic smoking miner, Jack, were initially sketched out. Since then, the team has embraced that work and has allowed it to inform development.

“...we tried to get some inspirations without being too trivial,” Pixbits told us in a recent e-mail exchange. “When you develop for the iPhone you have to think about the fact that everything goes in a different way compared to a normal desktop game, controls are different, game experience is different, and also the time pattern you spend while gaming is different, so our focus in this regard was to develop a slick and fun gameplay, while maintaining the sandbox experience that users love and that we all know.“

“We don’t want to go beyond, since we really both respect Minecraft and Terraria (we play together to both of them), we just like to offer a similar gameplay experience to entertain with when you are not at home.”

Junk Jack is being developed with procedurally generated worlds in mind, and so a good chunk of time is being spent in the actual coding to ensure a smooth experience. The final world size hasn’t been decided quite yet, but you’ll get three different save files for three different worlds, none of which will trade usability in exchange for size.

Games like Minecraft typically lack structure, and that’s something Pixbits wants to provide in its open-world, exploration, and crafting game.

“We can say that the main goal of Junk Jack is to explore, craft and survive inside a procedural generated world full of features that we plan to add constantly. We were unsatisfied with the ‘only-sandbox’ approach, just because we felt that an iPhone game should give players secondary tasks to entertain themselves.

“That’s why, for example, we have implemented a simple yet effective mail system that allows the player to craft his own mailbox and use it to accept fun quests asked from various people which need to retrieve their lost items, providing rewards in exchange.”

Pixbits tells us that the mailbox is just the beginning of some sort of quest line -- the studio will continue to add tasks and give people something to do inside their respective worlds. Also, the studio will be looking to fans for ideas for future updates. To hear Pixbits tell it, users will have an actual stake in the game and will guide their hands after release.

Junk Jack is planned to hit at some point this September. The version you're seeing here is strictly for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but an iPad version isn't out of the question. It's just not on the docket at the moment.

  • Justlegos

    I recall seeing the re-logic developers mentioning bringing Terraria to the iphone.  It seems as if they dropped it though.  I wonder if terraria could run well...

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

      Really? Hmmm
      I could see them bringing it to Windows Phone 7, the game uses XNA so in theory they should only need to rewrite controls and it should work on WP7 (and the Xbox 360). To get it on iPhone however would probably need a lot of work though...

  • Anonymous

    I like! Mario meets Minecraft. Looking forward to this, and even more so a GDMN iPad 2 version. :)

  • ConraDargo

    Neat, a Terraria and Minecraft rip-off. Totally looking forward to play it :)

  • http://openid.khron.net/ KHRoN

    I want to craft something, lol :D

    • Anonymous

      on iphone i dont know hot to use s crating table i dont know hot to acsese the crafting table ive tried tapping on it it foset work plz reply

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

    Interesting.
    Looks like a bit of a combination of minecraft and terraria :p
    Could be fun...

  • Anonymous

    Definitely looks more like Terraria than Minecraft.

  • Guest

    Lol at the cucco from A Link to the Past

    • Dasdas

      I hope that's just a placeholder.

      • http://twitter.com/thepixbits Pixbits

        Of course it's only a placeholder ;)

  • iHandyStore

    Looks great, can't wait to play it on my iPad

  • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

    It looks like Terraria but better looking, and it looks like it will control very nicely on iOS. 

  • Anonymous

    I see the resemblance from minecraft. It looks very fun and i will definitely get it

  • Ligert123

    This looks so cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yuri-Badiner/100001793259116 Yuri Badiner

    Looks awesome. Interesting how it works on iPhone 3G? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yuri-Badiner/100001793259116 Yuri Badiner

    Looks awesome. Interesting how it works on iPhone 3G? :)

  • chengkun he