Fixie Joe works in a factory, but a storm has busted all the machinery and made the robots go crazy. Collect nuts and bolts to fix the machinery, while avoiding all the crazy robots.
Description Type: Platformer
Players: 1 player
Age: Any Age
Game Time: Several hours to complete
Developer or Designer: Retromade Games Studio
Publisher: Retromade Games Studio
Lots of checkpoints
Reminiscent of old platformers
Fixie Joe is a 3D side scroller for Android that is meant to be reminiscent of old school platformers from the 80s and 90s. But while it definitely brings back fond memories of my old favourites, it does not come close to matching them.
One of the main reasons for this is the controls. When reading the in-game instructions, I was at first pleased at how simple it sounded. To move left and right you just drag your finger across the screen, and to jump, tap the right hand side of your tablet. Unfortunately the controls are not that responsive. Half the time when you swipe the screen, Joe does not jump, which leads to numerous deaths when you crash into robots.
I think the developers are aware of this as well, because there is only a short distance between each checkpoint.
The aim of the game is to collect bolts and nuts, which Joe needs to be able to fix the machinery and get around the factory. The number needed to fix the machines, however, leaves no margin for error. You pretty much need to collect every nut and bolt you come across, meaning a lot of backtracking through the level is required.
As well as robots, other obstacles include crushers that slam down from the ceiling, and blow torches spurting from the floor. There are ten levels, and at the end of one you will receive a score, plus a tally of how many times you died. Until the developers fix the jump function, this figure is going to be pretty high.
Although Fixie Joe has the potential to be a really good game, but at the moment too many things need ironing out before it is worth playing.