Review Javelin Masters 2
Physics based javelin throwing game
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 02 May 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Lack of interface, not rewarding
Javelin Masters 2 for Android is a physics based javelin throwing game where you sync your footsteps, the angle of a javelin, and the timing of a throw to heave a javelin as far as you can. While there aren’t many steps to it, throwing the perfect javelin throw can be quite hard and frustrating.
Javelin Masters just throws you into the game (haha). There is really no sort of tutorial or menu system which is actually kind of unfortunate. I couldn’t figure out how to redo the tutorial, which made my playing session feel incomplete at first.
As far as style, Javelin Masters actually succeeds. There are ridiculous sound effects (when your character throws a javelin, he literally makes a heaving sound) and the pixel art matches the simplistic style of the gameplay.
Once I figured out how to throw the javelin, I was well on my way to - well, not throwing it that well, to be honest. The best way to run is by tapping on the screen with two fingers. The tutorial says you can slide two fingers across the screen but it doesn’t build up enough speed for your through. The result is an awkward amount of fingers on the screen at once.
Once you build up speed, it all depends on when you started running. When you start running, the angle of your throw locks and you are committed to throwing the javelin at the angle. In the beginning, the thrower waves his javelin in an arc and you have to start running at the arc you wish to throw at.
Javelin Masters feels very hard, and it’s not ever that satisfying. I never felt like I could throw the javelin far enough, or that I truly got a remarkable throw. I kept wondering to myself, how far it was actually possible to throw the dang thing. If you like feeling like a failure, this game might be for you.