Junk Jack [$2.99] is one of the finest 2D Minecraft-like experiences on iOS, and has been since it originally released in November of 2011. We thought it was fantastic in our original review, but in the time since then Junk Jack has been updated to be Universal (and it simply sings on the iPad), and frequent content updates have added all sorts of new functionality to the game.

However, as we talked about this past October, developer Pixbits has felt somewhat constrained with what they're able to do with Junk Jack. They'd like to take advantage of newer iOS hardware to do some ambitious things with the game, but they also don't want to just drop support for the older hardware either. The solution it seems is to create an all new Junk Jack 2.0 geared towards the beefier devices while still keeping the original Junk Jack around for all the current fans.

In the past couple of weeks Pixbits has taken to their blog to share some new screens and information on Junk Jack 2.0. They're looking to rework the inventory interface, something that was a bit complicated and clunky in the original game, though once you got used to it it wasn't all that bad. But this new inventory management looks fantastic, and like a real improvement over the original. It's not final yet, but check it out.

Something you might notice in the above screen is a tiny chat bubble, and indeed one of the main features of Junk Jack 2.0 is going to be multiplayer. Pixbits is remaining quiet on any specifics regarding this, but the potential for roaming around with a buddy in Junk Jack has me pretty excited. Here's the first glimpse of two players hanging out in the world of Junk Jack 2.0.

There's no ETA for Junk Jack 2.0 at this time, but it sounds like they're making some serious headway and I'm really hoping we'll be seeing it in the next few months or so. We'll let you know if we get any concrete information about that, but in the meantime keep your eye on their blog as well as our own forums where Pixbits has been posting details and screens for the game.

  • inginious

    Multiplayer you say?

    Ok, I'm in!

    I've been debating on whether or not to buy the game, fearing the lack of support since I haven't seen an iPhone 5 update, but thanks to this article, I'm going for it and patiently wait for the 2.0 update =)


    • sladeums

      This 2.0 version will be a separate, new app; not an update to the existing one.


      • inginious

        OMG! Thanks for that!

        I was about to re-read the article to see if it was an update of a new game...

        As long as they don't introduce IAP, I'm still in. I hate it when "crystals" are involved in a game. I am not falling for that scheme!!

      • daniel5457

        There is already IAP...

      • thegyudondon

        It's not really the same, the IAP in junk jack honestly is unneeded to play the game fully; there are no artificial constraints in the game that IAP "fixes"

    • JJE McManus

      I love this game. I've never been disappointed with any of the updates in the original. I'll be a loyal customer on the first day just to see what's going to pop up in the next iteration.

    • Cheeseball

      Yup. The reason why they aren't doing a widescreen-support update is to keep backwards compatibility with the 3GS/3rd generation iPod Touches. They are unfortunately stuck on iOS 5.1.x.

  • themostunclean

    The only crafting game I really like. An absolutely amazing wiki for it too.

    One of the new features I'm really anticipating that wasn't mentioned is the new worlds.

  • Flunkie

    Hope the control scheme is better this time around. Blockheads nailed the controls, with queue-able actions. It is unfortunately limited by the IAP.

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

      It only has qeue-ble actions because of IAP, and because of it the pace is extremely slow.

  • Vesper

    Multiplayer you say? Excellent! My daughter and I have both played Junk Jack since its release but have recently drifted to The Blockheads for its multiplayer. I can now see with the release of JJ 2.0 we will be back killing slimes together.

  • theorangeipod

    I hope junk jack 2 supports iPod 4g. Or they add multiplayer and the new crafting setup to junk jack 1