Shadow Wha? Oh! Huh! Platformer Juju Announced

By Alice O'Connor on May 21st, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

Jumping simulator.

After their first two games were Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior, I thought I had a handle on Flying Wild Hog. They make throwback first-person shooters with explosions and big guns and medkits and running backwards while shooting, right? Apparently people aren’t forced to be pigeon-holed for their entire lives, as the developers have announced their third game, Juju, and its a mite different. It’s still a bit of a harkening back to ye olden days, but this time their genre of choice is mid-nineties platformers starring cute animals.

Like one would expect from, in Flying Wild Hog’s words, “a classic-style platformer,” it’s all about running, jumping, collecting trinkets which hover mysteriously in mid-air, and boss battles. These are said to range from robots to sea creatures, which I’m certainly both in favour off. It’s got two-player co-op t’boot.

Flying Wild Hog expect to launch Juju this Autumn.

Oh, that'll be the nineties all right!

I’ve struggled to connect with this style of 2D platformer myself. I didn’t particularly play them in my formative gaming years and am far too old to start now. I don’t enjoy running and jumping on things or making pixel-perfect jumps or collecting twinkling hovertrinkets. I don’t feel the fun I know others find in them. I dig the puzzling and shooting of Trine and the challenge of Super Meat Boy but happy-go-lucky jumpy platformers baffle me. I feel slightly daft writing about one.

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17 Comments »

  1. adeptacheese says:

    have all games become terrible or has this website gone seriously downhill

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      Henke says:

      ALL GAMES HAVE BECOME TERRIBLE

      RIP GAMES (1972-2014)

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      I had the zany idea that people might be interested in what the folks behind Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior were up to next.

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        gnodab says:

        How dare you! Now stand in a corner and be ashamed of yourself.
        Reporting news! And surprising ones at that, pfth!

        That aside, I am all for developers developing what they want (or at least I thought, I was), but who is going to provide me with proper FPSs now?
        Where is a my new Painkiller (a proper one)?

        I kinda wish there’d be a publisher telling them off and forcing them to do the same thing again….
        I think I’ll be standing in the corner and have a short crisis.

      • Michael Fogg says:

        This could be more awesome if it had tits, and was on fire.

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    RobF says:

    Looks like any one of a thousand casual games circa 2004 from the screenies. Can’t say that’s an exciting proposition but who knows?

  3. Tinotoin says:

    Very surprised this is their next venture. I really liked both Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior, but I’ll be surprised if I like this to the same degree – unless it’s a cunning ruse and is actually filthy and ultra-violent.

  4. scannerbarkly says:

    I really enjoyed their previous titles, and I’m a long time fan of a good platformer game so I will keep an eye on this. Gonna go out on a limb and hope they bring they same simple improvements to the genre that they did with previous titles. That said, have quite a few games on my radar over the coming months so it will need to really standout somehow to get my cash.

  5. Philomelle says:

    Once upon a time, I achieved maximum % in Donkey Kong Country and its sequel. The event opened a singularity in my head that convinced me that those two games took the collect-a-thon platformer concept as far as it could be taken. I struggle to be interested in this as a result.

    Also, the way that lizard keeps touching itself while waving at the player in most screenshots is hella creepy.

  6. Pich says:

    Looks like shovelware to be perfectly honest.

    • shaydeeadi says:

      You are incredibly perceptive to glean that from two screenshots.

      • The Random One says:

        It’d be hard to glean anything from two screenshots other than what it looks like.

  7. BooleanBob says:

    The art style kind of reminds me of Zack and Wiki?

    I wish that game had done better than it did.

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    Mitthrawn says:

    The only good cutesy platformer game was Eversion.

    Seriously, go play it.

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/33680/

  9. HisDivineOrder says:

    This is probably a clever way to break into Android and iOS ports to see how the water is before going… ahem… Hog-wild.