Just over a couple of months ago in late August, Pixbits released Junk Jack X [$4.99], their ambitious follow-up title to their 2011 hit 2D crafting adventure Junk Jack. Junk Jack X followed the formula of its predecessor very closely, but expanded on it in many different ways. New worlds to explore, new items to craft, a streamlined interface and a very enjoyable online multiplayer component. Junk Jack X was about as good as they come, and as fans of the first game are all too aware, Pixbits are no slouches when it comes to updating their games with new features. The first Junk Jack X update landed in mid-September and addressed issues of online griefing among numerous other fixes. The next update is already submitted to Apple for approval, and as you can see from the screen below, is a holiday-themed update featuring a bunch of stuff for Thanksgiving.


The actual update log on Pixbits website is long, and I mean finger-cramps-from-scrolling-too-much long, so if you're interested in all the nitty gritty details about this forthcoming update it's probably best to visit their site and check out the change log over there. However, some highlights of the update include: new rare Thanksgiving loot, a turkey and a squirrel for new mobs, the ability to throw spawner eggs in Creative mode if you feel like having mobs around in that normally peaceful mode, lots of new craftable items and weapons, a Hardcore difficulty setting that features permadeath of your character (yikes!), more than 100 new achievements and so, so, so much more. If you've been enjoying Junk Jack X since its release then get ready to enjoy it even more as this latest Thanksgiving update is in Apple's hands and should hit at any time.

  • Louis Ace

    Hopefully the "Thanksgiving Update" doesn't last until January.

    • BlueFalcN

      This could not be anymore accurate than it already is

  • HansKaosu

    <3 Awesome

  • JJE McManus

    JJX is already on my short list for GotY. Pixbits has consistently displayed outstanding support for their IP. I can't imagine this update is going to be anything but wonderful.

  • dariusjr98

    ...And smaller devs continue to prove that Minecraft PE is absolutely irrelevant. That update sounds awesome, but I only have the first one.

    • Holcman

      Don't compare this too Minecraft, these games both attempt two different things. Yes, updates are slow on Minecraft, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Junk Jack X is a completely different game with a different style, even if they're both sandbox games.

      • dariusjr98

        I can compare it to whatever I want. Not trying to be rude, but I think it's fair to make that comparison.

      • Taclys

        Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game, and JJx is 2D. Even if they're both in the same genre, that puts them miles apart in development time. Oh yeah, let's also remember that Mojang is still an indie developer, and is developing Minecraft on PC, Xbox, soon PS3/4/Vita, and the Pi version along with PE. It's understandable that Minecraft would take longer.

      • Chazz Roger

        Xbox and Sony versions are done by 4J studios, not Mojang.

      • PSquared

        He wasn't comparing the games, at all, so no need to get sensitive about that. He seemed to be saying that since jump jack x is such a phenomenal game and since the developers work so very very hard to keep it updated and improved and ahead of the curve that there is no reason to feel 'required' to play Minecraft since it's 'arguably' the biggest name in the genre. Even the toucharcade review team has said many times how Minecraft PE lags behind on content and updates and providing the game people want/expect compared to the versions on other systems.

        Nobody was bad mouthing the Minecraft developer but he junk jack x team does seem to put in more effort in refining their game quickly and putting in what their fans have been clamoring for on the developers forums.

      • dariusjr98


  • Rejera

    I have been holding out on JJX because there were aspects of the controls in JJX that I didn't really like (sliding up to jump, for example.) did the controls change at all or feel different compared to the first game? This update looks awesome and this would be an awesome addition to have alongside terraria if the controls are different/tweaked compared to the first game.

    • Rejera

      Oops, "aspects about the controls in JJ that I didn't like" is what I meant.

    • TwelveFoot

      The controls are the same as the original.
      I actually prefer the swipe controls over (for example) the virtual joystick in Terraria, but it's up to you.

  • Scorpion26

    Do we got to restart our world for the new biome

    • DylanBro_1

      Most likely, unless they just made the world thanksgiving themed. But you don't have to restart anything. All you have to do is make another world, and if you want, you can move all of you're items, that is, if it's a permanent biome.

  • Ramaz1234