Here’s your chance to win US$100 playing the casual game made in Zimbabwe – Super Java
Several reports show that about 40% of the entire world population plays video games. The proportion is 25% for the Middle East and Africa. A quarter of 1.6 billion inhabitants is not to be neglected, 388 million players roam these regions.
Another misconception is that these gamers are young men who spend 18 hours a day on their Playstations and PCs playing Call of Duty. No. Nearly half of all gamers in the world are female, and there are far more mobile gamers than console gamers.
So while most people don’t think of themselves as gamers, they play games casually from time to time.
I know you all play, so here’s an opportunity to get paid for doing what you already do. Who knows, after getting a taste of pro gamer life, you might build your gaming PC in the future.
Super Java – Racing Game
Super Java is a jump and run (platform) game, you know, kind of like Super Mario. The name of Super Java is undoubtedly inspired by the most popular platform game about the Italian plumber Mario.
Instead of Mario, in this one you play as Java, and yes, it appears to be Passion Java. So if Super Mario is about a mustachioed Italian plumber trying to save his princess, Super Java is about a Zimbabwean prophet with gold earrings trying to get some money.
For Mario, collecting gold coins is a secondary goal while it is the main one for Java. I can’t help but think there are comments here. I don’t know much about real life Passion Java but I know it’s all about the gold.
Fittingly, in Super Java there is no endpoint in levels, instead you complete a level the moment you collect a set number of gold coins.
There are no buttons in this game. Instead, all interactions are done through taps on the screen. You tap to jump, and a tap while in the air will drop Java straight down.
As a platform game, you run from the left of the screen to the right. Java runs automatically and the player’s job is to guide it through various obstacles.
There’s rough terrain, and you tap the screen to make Java jump across chasms or onto suspended platforms. You can make a small jump by pressing lightly on the screen and jump over bigger obstacles by pressing longer.
There are also enemies that you have to face. This being the prophet Java, I suppose we could consider unusual animals as demons, goblins or other similar creatures. You can evade these enemies by jumping over or under them when they are on a suspended platform.
Do you have an advantage? You can also go on the offensive and trample creatures. You can time your jumps to land on the creatures and defeat them. Or you can tap the screen while you’re in the air and Java will shoot straight down.
I had trouble playing at first
Super Java’s controls weren’t intuitive for someone who plays the games I play. I kept forgetting that a tap in the air doesn’t result in a double jump like I’m used to.
So when I encountered two creatures in a row, I ended up falling right in front of the second creature if I tried to jump over both.
Same thing when I stomped on the first one, I would assume I had hit the ground and tapped to jump again but that would cause me to fall, right in front of the second one. I had to learn to let Java spring itself from the first creature to the second.
Once I got used to the controls, the experience was better for me. It’s a colorful light show and you can lose track of time trying to beat the levels.
There is a bug where Java stops out of nowhere as if there is an obstacle blocking its path. A simple tap will get him on his way. Other than that, I haven’t noticed anything else wrong.
In keeping with the Passion Java theme, when you stomp on a creature, you shout “Twabamu”. I’m pretty sure that’s the Passion Java slogan.
When you miss your jumps and die, someone shouts “Kuti Ngii”. I don’t know what it means, but I guess it can be associated with Java in real life.
For the background music in the levels, you are treated to instrumental covers of popular Zimbabwean songs. On the first level it’s a Jah Prayzah song and on the second level it’s a Winky D song. I won’t spoil the rest.
The price of 100USD
The developers are offering this cash prize to the first player to reach level 10. It’s as simple as that.
You just need to download the game from the Google Play Store here and try to reach level 10 before everyone else and you will be US$100 richer. Sorry iPhone users, it’s Zimbabwe and good things come to Android first, but it’s not like you mbingas need the miserable youngest.
The game is a little big at 33MB, so be aware. And also note that you must be running at least Android 5.0.
So what are you still doing here, start playing and earn fast money by supporting local developers. Win-win in my book.
There are already over a thousand installs so hurry up.