We first caught a glimpse of HappyMagenta's Project Joan back in early August with a set of lovely looking screens which depicted a pixelized heroine escaping from imprisonment. The game is a sort of runner/shooter hybrid where you swipe to change between floors while avoiding deadly obstacles and blasting away bad guys with an assortment of awesome weaponry. Project Joan has been in beta for the last month or so, and it sounds like the team is making significant strides. They've released some gameplay footage of the beta version of Project Joan and it looks like it's really shaping up. You can see some of the different environments, weapons and power-ups in the video. Check it out.

For more information and some community discussion about Project Joan be sure to check out our forums where the developers have been recruiting beta participants and actively posting news about the title. I for one really can't wait to get my hands on the game, especially after having watched it evolve from a simple set of screens and some cool ideas into something that seems much more fleshed out and fun, as displayed in this latest video. We'll continue to bring you news on Project Joan's development as it pushes on towards release.

  • dariusjr98

    This looks so awesome! If I had a checking account this would be an insta-buy!

  • Hal305

    Looks very similar to jetpack joyride with some elements from monster dash.

  • toxiccheese

    Looks like another endless jet pack joyride type runner only with 3 lanes instead of the free-form flying. Upgrades, costumes, weapons, coins, and short term mission goals. Blah blah blah.

    • Happybyte

      I guess, you should try the beta to feel the difference.

      Jetpack Joyride has a single button gameplay, where you can basically fly up or down, firing from what's equipped in the same time.

      Joan, although it's also has a similar to a runner gameplay, is planned to have a completely different control sheme and perks, that allow more control and a way more fun.

      Without using a single button, just gestures, you can:
      - fire a primary weapon shot
      - fire a secondary weapon shot
      - switch next/previous weapon
      - jump up/down lanes
      As you can see in Jetpack Joyride only a last option is possible.

      And, as you might see from screenshots and video, the game is to be giving a feeling of a real hardcore game which will make you recall Kill Bill, Mahete, Aliens, AVP and more cool movies alike - while Jetpack Joyride gives basically a Disney's Despicable Me alike feeling :)

      Well Jetpack Joyride is good, I'm not blaming it.

      Yet, I can't agree with the thesis that Joan is not more than it, blah, blah, blah.

      • dylanmannen

        Maan, the way you describe your game... I'M GOING CRAZY, Sounds and looks so amazing. I love you guys for making this game, this really look like the perfect game for me haha :D also, im a hardcore gamer, and i really don't understand the hate on endless runner games? When they are done right (like this game, im sure) they can be amazing! really looking forward to your game :)

  • OrangeJews

    Hopefully she won't make that annoying sound every time you switch a lane.

  • Suji

    I thought it's gonna be like Contra but it's not, more like Jetpack Joyride but with up-down mechanics instead of how long you press. I wish we can customize the UI.

    I don't like that it's a little gore, those brains, i would like it better if it's cuter like how the scientist die on Jetpack Joyride.

  • voiceofreason

    1. The pace seems very slow.
    2. The voice needs to be recut: it sounds like she's moaning.

    • Happybyte

      1. Pace increases as you go.
      2. That's what's the beta for - a point to be fixed :)
      Thanks =)

      • raul3d

        Yes you really NEED to change the voice, otherwise it looks pretty good to me.

      • Happybyte

        On the list already 8-0

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