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Game Maker Games - Janitor Joe
Janitor Joe by Andrew Brown
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Review by Bitmappity
The description of Janitor Joe made it sound original and exciting -- something you don't find often in platform games. You're a janitor, working at some school, when you hear a noise in the janitor's closet! Gasp! It turns out to be a munchkin, and Joe freezes with fright. Then the munchkin opens a portal and jumps in. Now Joe happened to be a curious man, so he jumped in the portal as well, finding himself in a strange 2D world! Sounds fun doesn't it? Well the bad part about this game is that it's not fun -- and there's not a single reference to the story later. Picture a good platform game minus everything that makes it good and fun. That's probably Janitor Joe + 1. The goal of each level is similar to jumper, you have to make it passed the obstacles to get to a point (In this case being a flag). There's two obstacles: spikes and a cannon. These obstacles tend to get boring after a while, and the author should of included more. The gameplay itself is rather dull.. I wouldn't recommend this game if you want to have fun.

The level design, which can make or break a game, is nothing I haven't seen before. Level design is a very important element in a platform game, and Janitor Joe pretty much fails there. The levels are very messy.. It's ugly how some people just scatter blocks anywhere in the room.

The graphics, like pretty much everything else with this game, are poor. Janitor Joe is a stickman with no animations. Then picture a cyan background, and solid black blocks scattered around. It's not a very pretty game.

One plus the about the game is that the creator made all the sounds and music himself using his voice. Although it's good that he made his sounds original, something you don't find often in platform games, they still weren't very good sounds. The theme song was also interesting.

Here are some highs and lows of Janitor Joes:

+ Interesting story.
+/- Original sounds, but not good sounds.
- No reference to the story at all in game.
- Bad level design.
- Bad graphics.

Author's Description:

Janitor Joe is a normal Janitor working at a school when suddenly he sees a munchkin! He chases the munchkin through a portal and comes to a 2D world.
I made this game a few years ago (2002) and I am working on a sequel. Enjoy!


Update:

Andrew Brown has responded to this review. (The following contains plot spoilers.)

Although this review was made years ago, I have finally decided to speak my mind about one flaw in this reviewer: He did not play the entire game. In fact, I would be surprised if he played more then the first 5 levels! A negative point this reviewer put claims '- No reference to the story at all in game.' Yes there is reference! Janitor Joe does find the munchkin and realizes that the munchkin can travel through the walls!!!

The munchkin is the boss of the game! There is no way the reviewer played through it. And I spite him for it. The sequal was in production, which included a more realistic plotline where the 'alternate universe' was actually an underground layer, and Joe causes a large explosion inside which allows tatical teams, led by Joe's hip brother into the layer to destroy the munchkins and help Joe escape! I have not worked on the second Janitor Joe for at least 2 years. But maybe, just maybe, I will be reinspired one day, and finish this brilliant game of action and revenge.

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Opinions about Janitor Joe

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engaging
67%
artistic
33%
original
33%
strange
100%
challenging
100%
polished
0%
compelling
0%

Overall: ambivalent

Showing: GMG Staff (3) · GMG Users (2)

engaging
100%
artistic
50%
original
100%
strange
100%
challenging
0%
polished
50%
compelling
100%

Overall: recommended

Recommendations: The 6 people who like Janitor Joe also like the following games.
Comments (Add your own):
2010.01.27 Gmars3yp
Rating: 6

I have to say that I liked this game; it was worth the time I spent playing it. I can't say that for a lot of games. The production quality is about as low grade as is possible, but the curious storyline, and quirky intrigue of this low budget trinket of a game made it enjoying despite itself. And besides, the title screen main theme is just freaking awesome.
2009.11.06 snowyowl
Rating: 5

Oh, so it WAS an April Fool's joke. Wow, I've believed that one for a year and a half, good going!
I actually thought that, since YoYo Games launched their website properly shortly before this spotlight, everyone was submitting their games there instead of here. My mistake, obviously.
2009.03.13 James K
Rating: 1

That was sooooo horrible. I found I myself embarrased while I played it... and I was alone!
2008.08.28 Aidan12
Rating: 7

This game is very cool, I'm just going to say how it could be a little better. For example:

You can do the game information in a room as drawing text instead of the original way.

Thx. Aidan12.
2008.04.29 Jabberwock
Rating: --

Yes. It was an April Fool's joke. I figure 28 days is long enough to let you stew.
2008.04.28 Andy0_0black
Rating: 2

its fascinating how an interesting combination of an utterly worthless game and hilariously worse (though catchy) sound effects can create up so much discussion. janitor joe will inevitably die in a fire.
2008.04.05 DeathMasterGames
Rating: 1

I wish I could give it lower than a 1, but I that's as low as the scale goes. This game shows just how far our standards have dropped. My only hope is that this truly was intended as an April Fool's Day joke, and not as an actual review. This site really has gone downhill. And with this, I take my leave.
2008.04.05 Coyote
Rating: --

They see me trollin'
Hatin'
2008.04.04 erty906
Rating: 10

JANITOR JOE IS THE BEST GAME EVER :D
2008.04.04 flip82
Rating: 1

wow. not that good. sorry but dude... actually try to make a game.
2008.04.04 salochin zepol
Rating: 1

SSSSSSSSSUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKXXXXXXXX'SSSSSSSS
2008.04.04 yakmai
Rating: 10

BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK BINK
2008.04.04 CardBoardCrusader
Rating: 10

It may seem absurd that this got the spotlight, but keep in mind what month it was for.

Happy April fools day everyone. :)
2008.04.02 Ouchy1
Rating: --

They...gave this...a...spot...light...?!?

Replace the ...'s with uncontrollable laughter.
XD
2008.04.02 Globalshock
Rating: --

Totally lame! This kind of game is hardly work reviewing. Each level is tedius and boring to get through, and the graphics are super dull.
2008.04.02 St. Jimmy
Rating: 10

This game gave me an orgasm. The greatest game ever made.
2008.04.01 Mentalpatient109
Rating: --

A spotlight? ?
/ _
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2008.04.01 Mentalpatient109
Rating: --

D***, the formatting on my awesome smiley got screwed up. %(
2006.12.30 dr-doctor
Rating: --

You're right. This review is wrong. The story was referenced after you pass level 5.

Andy, Why won't you sing the James Bond theme instead of ripping the real song and put it in some of the levels?
2006.11.12 Mr. Evil Guy
Rating: --

Although this review was made years ago, I have finally decided to speak my mind about one flaw in this reviewer: He did not play the entire game. In fact, I would be surprised if he played more then the first 5 levels! A negative point this reviewer put claims '- No reference to the story at all in game.' Yes there is reference! Janitor Joe does find the munchkin and realizes that the munchkin can travel through the walls!!!
The munchkin is the boss of the game! There is no way the reviewer played through it. And I spite him for it. The sequal was in production, which included a more realistic plotline where the 'alternate universe' was actually an underground layer, and Joe causes a large explosion inside which allows tatical teams, led by Joe's hip brother into the layer to destroy the munchkins and help Joe escape! I have not worked on the second Janitor Joe for at least 2 years. But maybe, just maybe, I will be reinspired one day, and finish this brilliant game of action and revenge.

- Andrew Brown, creator of Janitor Joe.
2006.11.05 Jabberwock
Rating: 4

Hah. It's not really very good, but it's functional and the sound is interesting, to say the very least.
2006.01.22 mrscience
Rating: 10

As strange as this game is, I find it really addictive. The game creator in me is screaming that everything about this game is terrible but the geeky game player is in heaven! It's stupid, but it's meant to be stupid, and I have to say: great job - I can't give this game anything other than a 10.
2005.06.23 [ID]
Rating: 5

Buahahahha! LOL! I liked the music and sound effects! 'Janitor Joe! Janitor Joe!'
2005.02.03 ImSneaky
Rating: 9

Here are your stats.
Graphics:4/10
The graphics weren't that good.
Sound:7/10
Pah!That intro song was hiliarious.
it's also pretty catchy.
Janitor Joe repeat.
Gameplay:8/10
This game is funny also when you lose your lives you go aoooaooah!
2004.10.23 Seal
Rating: 5

OMG. The intro song was SO FUNNY, and so were the sounds!. The graphics suck though, but it was kinda fun :P
2004.09.19 The Red Mage
Rating: 1

The only reason I play this game is to hear him sing.
This game is just weird.
2004.08.23 TheSodaMachine
Rating: --

Eh, the platform example with spikes and cannons, and no enemies.
2004.08.23 markvand
Rating: --

wow, this guy can't sing, it's really funny, the music is already a reason to download this game. though, the graphics kinda well suck
2004.08.16 Mocha Man
Rating: --

If you get a corrupt zip file when you try downloading it, go to his site and download it from there. This should solve the problem.
2004.05.23 seangames
Rating: --

This game rocks! You gotta try it, its very addictive!
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