Unlike most party games where friends go head to head to see who comes out on top, Space Mace’s Joggernauts puts teamwork at the forefront of survival. We found this out the hard way when we went hands-on with the game and discovered the importance of communication.
Joggernauts lets up to four players free-run in line through various platforming levels. You can press a button to jump or press a button to switch places with the leader and warp to the front of the line. This is important as you’ll run into obstacles that only a specific player can clear or activate meaning you’ll constantly need to be switch places to move forward. Too many misses and it’s game over.
Controls are very simple, but because you are also relying on your teammates, you may need to shout out directions or else you’ll mistime your jumps or incorrectly switch when you shouldn’t. There were times when we switched places too soon and the player behind us ran into a wall because he was not expecting it. Then there were times when we panicked and our twitchy fingers got the best of us. Let’s just say we died a lot!
In addition to simply making it to the end of the level, you can also challenge yourself even further by completing each level and collecting every orb you encounter. These are also color-specific and require a godlike level of coordination with your friends. There is also a single-player mode, but we didn’t get to try this out. Rest assured, playing it with others sounds was a blast.
With its adorable characters and increasingly challenging levels, Joggernauts is charming auto-runner that is sure to make you appreciate good old fashioned teamwork. Bring on a night full of laughs, yelling, and cheering! Look for the game sometime this year on PC and consoles.