584735_larger-1Late last month Pixbits launched Junk Jack X [$4.99], the sequel to their popular 2011 side-scrolling crafting game. As fans of the original Junk Jack are very aware of, Pixbits are no slouches when it comes to updating their games, and today the first of what I'm sure will be many updates to Junk Jack X has landed in the App Store. There is tons of various fixes, tweaks, and new features in this update, but it seems like the biggest benefit of this update is to address some of the griefing that's been taking place during the online multiplayer portion of the game.

Junk Jack X lets you connect via Game Center to play with friends cooperatively, or you can just match up to a random stranger to visit their world. Inevitably, players have already figured out ways to take advantage of innocent Junk Jack'ers just looking to have some wholesome fun. A popular form of griefing for players hosting an online session is to set up a trap for a visiting player which kills said player, dropping whatever loot they had in their inventory which the griefer then picks up for themselves. It's a cruel, cruel world we live in, I tell you.

The first way this is being addressed is with an option which completely disables dropping items upon death when visiting another person's world online. You might still be trapped and killed, but at least you won't get robbed on top of it. Another preventative measure is a 60-second window once you enter a world, either single or multiplayer, which prevents you from dropping any items after dying. Griefers will likely still find other ways to, well, grief unprepared players online as that's what bad eggs do on the Internet, but these changes are steps in the right direction to making the online portion of Junk Jack X enjoyable for everyone.

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As I mentioned before, there are tons of other changes in this latest update, and you can check out the full list in the App Store description. Other noteworthy changes are a decrease in enemy spawning on planet Terra, as well as an increase in the availability of Iron. There's also now a low graphics setting for older devices with less RAM, and a fix for a rare but critical bug which could possibly delete your entire world. Junk Jack X is pretty outstanding already, and only stands to get better with this and future updates, so be sure to check it out.

  • Headchem

    I guess they opted against going the Eve Online route, encouraging griefing as a fundamental game mechanic. Interesting how wildly different gamer cultures can get.

    • Aventador

      That's why I always flown fast bling frigate - Dramiel, running away with style while rest of the fleet gets obliterated in trap

  • Xissoric

    I don't really care about the griefing part of the update, I care about a tonne of the other things that they fixed. Things like how close to torches enemy mobs can spawn, that was getting really annoying.

    • Taclys

      Yeah! I spend hundreds of torches while mining, only to be showered on by tons of mobs. They really need to make hostile mobs spawn in less light.

      • Gustav

        They did. Now you need torches every 5 blocks (on even ground).

    • JJE McManus

      But I was finally getting used to being over spawned by mobs. Though I have to admit my +2 health amulet has been a life saver more than once. Also if you haven't learned the trick of dropping a dirt block behind you every once and a while to keep from being flanked, you really should.

      • JJE McManus

        What a night! Update plus I found that pesky third portal piece I was hunting for.
        Play the griefer game : drop into a world carrying nothing but spider legs. That'll learn em!

  • armilla

    The abundance of iron now really opened up my game: I ended up sinking 3.5 hours this morning due to the update.

    • somedumbgamer

      Did you restart a new game?

      • armilla

        Sort of - I lost a world before the update, and for whatever reason wasn't running into iron as often as I had liked.

  • toxiccheese

    It only takes a few jerks online to ruin it for everyone. I guess that's the price we pay for progress.

  • RoundPiplup

    True that, I caught like 10 griefers with their annoying death traps.

    Griefers = Jerks

    Well at least right now the greifers can't win anymore, but even through you still have to keep your guard up even if you think your safe, because sometimes some players might have the 2-faces. It acts all good in the beginning, but once the cool down goes out, make sure you keep yourself a big guard up. Just warning because some I still don't trust some others.

  • Carvool

    I went online for the first time right after the update and somebody still tried killing for my stuff, lol.

  • alex98909

    Add me on gamecenter alexpom96 i have nobody to play with and never played

  • Reignmaker

    The only thing this game is missing is Game Center achievements. C'mon, Pixbits.

  • anabolicMike

    Hmmm I have scads of iron already. Ton of everything actually haha. I'm in the process if creating a massive house. I really thought the game was to easy to be honest. I have titanium gear, all encrusted. On terra I kick some massive ass. Haha. There's that one biome on the purple planet that is just loAded with amethyst. I wish there was more we could do with gems haha. Awesome they they are updating so quickly. Very impressive. Oh I went and got terraria for my android tablet. Awesome on the big screen. A different game. It lags when your on the surface though, I assume the background and my high res screen, but god it's like a totally different game! I like it lots. JjX is still king tho.

  • Gustav

    This fix is very annoying. I only bought the game because you could steal other players' inventory. How to get my money back?

    • Unnamed25

      You cant.
      Thats what you get for being a Jerk

  • Nutrilica

    There's nothing to prevent me from looting.