This is a sponsored post however, the review is completely honest and I have tried my best to avoid any bias during this review and while analysing the game.
It’s not very often that you come across good indie games especially on mobile platforms however The Power of Jua is one such game which despite its few quirks provides a pretty addictive overall experience. The Power of Jua stands along games like Timberman and Flappy Bird which despite their reputation for not having much to offer in terms of gameplay give an experience like none other.
The concept is simple and draws directly from classic arcade games – You have to destroy asteroids before they destroy your planet. As you progress through the game you find that the types and kinds of asteroids change and become difficult to destroy. That is where the concept of astra comes in. The Power of Jua provides the user with different spells to destroy asteroids these spells or weapons as a player might look at them, are named and based on Hindu Mythology. This is in its own an element of uniqueness that separates The Power of Jua from any other random asteroid-busting game.
The gameplay is exactly what you’d expect from a space-shooter game, asteroids keep on dropping toward the bottom of the screen and you have to blast them using your astras (spells). You’re allowed to choose two astras per game and each of these have limited counts. Counts are the several times you can fire an astras. Once the count for a particular astra goes down to 0, you cannot use it for the rest of the game. Alternatively, you have the option to buy extra counts for the in-game currency called Jua while you’re in-game.
The goal and perhaps, the only way to count your score is the time for which you’ve survived the attack of the asuras (demons) which is the game’s way of referring to asteroids. There are 10 asteroids in total, each stronger and harder to destroy than the previous and each appropriately named e.g. Narakasura, Ravanasura and so on. Similarly, there are 10 astras, from the weakest to the strongest.
You tap on or around the asteroids to fire your astra and try to destroy the barrage of asteroids. It’s easier said than done though for the game is difficult and I found myself struggling even at Medium difficulty at times. However, the simplicity of the game makes it all the more addictive and fun to play.
The game also has a few superpowers which are unlocked later in game. However, I have been unsuccessful in unlocking any one of them so far so I cannot comment on them.
The Extra Stuff
The Power of Jua might have a simple gameplay model however, it does not fall short on features that go beyond the gameplay.
Achievements can be earned for various in-game events. For example, surviving 50 asteroids grants you the achievement titled Hermes – Messenger of God. In-line with the concept of Jua, the achievements are named after characters from mythology however unlike the spells and asteroids, the achievements are based off on names of Greek Gods and not Hindu mythology.
The same achievements also work as ranks after each game and you can go from Hermes – Messenger of God to Zeus – King of Gods based on the number of asteroids you survived from.
As it’s built on the Unity engine, the Power of Jua offers Unity EveryPlay integration which enables players to share their gameplay footage after they complete the game. This is a pretty unique feature and I’m no expert but I’ve not seen Unity Everyplay integration in any games I’ve played yet. So, for me, that was a nice addition.
Following a similar model like most popular games, The Power of Jua is free to play but offers in-app purchases for the in-game currency i.e. the Jua. So, if you get the urge to skip the line to the top of the leaderboard, you can spend a little cash for your share of Jua which in turn lets you unlock Spells and buy Counts in-game once you run out.
The Not-So-Good Stuff
The Power of Jua seems a promising new game that might have the potential to become the next Temple Run or Angry Birds however, in my opinion, it falls short on just one note – it doesn’t seem polished. The menu seems too old for modern smart phone games and the overall feel of the game, menus and everything else seems a little off. There are minor quirks that once noticed cannot be unseen. These little details are minute individually but they damage the overall experience once they are noticed collectively.
The second issue I have with the game is that for now, achievements can only be earned on the Medium difficulty mode. I am pretty sure the developers will fix this in the coming releases.
The last thing that bugs me is that there is nothing after the basic idea that you’re shooting asteroids. For example, ideas that come to mind are random patterns for asteroids instead of them falling straight down or some kind of hold and charge attack that might take multiple counts at once but is more powerful and penetrating. So much can be done in improving the gameplay and making it somewhat more interesting and less monotonous.
All said and done, The Power of Jua is a great way to pass time when you have a few minutes (and even hours) to spare and given its indie nature, it’s actually pretty darn good given it’s deep concept and interestingly named game elements. However, there is always scope for improvement so let’s all look forward to the future updates. That said, Power of Jua seems promising and is worth a shot. You can download the Power of Jua for both iOS and Android by going to their website and following the links to your respective stores or you can directly download it for Android (link) and iOS (link) from their respective links.