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Kick Off Gaming in 2018 on a Budget With January’s Lovely Jump Additions

You know what 2018 is going to bring? No? Well… me neither – for the most part anyway. See, Jump has revealed January’s additions to their lovely subscription-based platform, and the fun doesn’t even end there as at the time of writing, there’s a rather favorable 50% discount!

Now, as with December’s additions, January’s new games will be brought to the platform over the course of, well, the entire month. At a rate of two each week, most likely, seeing how the plan is to add a grand total of eight this time around. Oh, and that lovely list can be perused below. First up (as in, this week’s additions), a game of robotic arms known as Pivot Pilot, and demonic forces are causing trouble in Elliot Quest!

Note: I will be updating with links (and video embeds), as each title becomes available on Jump.

Jump 180 Jan 2018 — a 3 minute look at this month's new games

Pivot Pilot loop

Pivot Pilot
From Deadspot Games, this challenging and unique puzzle platformer has players take simultaneous control of a boy named Eli and a giant robot arm. Eli is mysteriously trapped in a testing facility and has to make his way through a series of dangerous experiments by cooperating with the robot arm. Players will need to avoid spikes, dodge saw blades, hide from turrets, watch out for lasers, ride the robot arm, utilize the gravity beams, and more to escape the gruesome facility.

Elliot Quest loop

Elliot Quest
Elliot can’t die—but he’s still running out of time. In Elliot Quest, the victim of a rare curse must find a cure before he’s transformed into a demon. After Elliot’s wife disappears, he falls ill and attempts to take his own life—only to discover that he can’t die. Elliot seeks out a local Sage, who informs him that a demon called a Satar is slowly consuming his vitality, and unless he finds a cure, he is in big trouble. Elliot’s only hope is to seek help from the island’s Guardians, who have kept the Satar at bay.

LIT
In LIT, developer WayForward invites players to venture into the dark hallways of a haunted high school and help guide emo teenager Jake as he searches for his lost girlfriend Rachael. This updated version of the classic puzzle horror hit features light-themed puzzles using a variety of gameplay mechanics including slingshots, light bulbs, windows, matches, lamps, and TV sets. Players will have to think their way around deadly creatures from the darkness in an effort to reach each room’s exit door without being swallowed up by the shadows.

Doodle Mafia loop

Doodle Mafia
Super-popular Doodle Mafia (from Joybits, Ltd., maker of Doodle God and Doodle Devil, also available on Jump) allows players to choose between two paths, crime boss or cop, as they weave their way through multiple hard-nosed storylines and play modes. With more than 500 puzzles to solve and items to create, players watch the city come to life with the decisions they make and the path they choose. The game is also available in eight languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese.

WORLD END ECONOMiCA, episode 1 loop

World End Economica (Part 1)
From the multi-award-winning author of Spice and Wolf, Isuna Hasekura, comes World End Economica. This is the first episode in the three-part visual novel set in the far future on the moon, 16 years after humans have begun to colonize it. A young boy named Haru has been chasing his wildest dream: to stand where no man has stood before. But he needs money in order to do so, and A LOT of it. He decides to dabble in the stock market, and he must remember there are two key rules that govern the stock market. The first rule: Never take a loss. The second rule: Never forget the first.

Alchemist;s Castle loop

Alchemist’s Castle
In Alchemist’s Castle, the award-winning and challenging metroidvania-inspired adventure by Kabuk Games, players find themselves as the former apprentice of a wise and kind alchemist. However, upon discovering the philosopher’s stone, the alchemist turns a into a power hungry, selfish tyrant, and only his apprentice (you!) can stop him. Players must discover the secrets of the Alchemist’s Castle to survive and destroy the philosopher’s stone.