A Giant Robot Stripper called JoJo has smashed Groove City! She's angry because Dr Swinger stole her Laser-Nipples! Help JoJo reclaim her Laser-Nipples & defeat the Evil Plans of Dr.Swinger, with the help of Pope Boris the Super Sexy!
User reviews: Very Positive (448 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
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October 4, 2014

Better custom controls

Hi all!

I've added a better custom controls setup. It should work with just about any controller or joystick ever. If it doesn't, email me at 'michael at michael todd games dot com' & tell me the details so I can fix it in my next patch.

It will (should*) work by default on windows/OSX/Linux with keyboard or xbox360 controller.
A ps3 controller will need you to go to the controls menu (just press ESC in the main world area & select controls, or walk to the controls computer), and select 'Set Player1 Controls'.

As with any complex new system, there are bound to be bugs. I've tested as much as I can, but at some point, I can't find any more & have to just release it. If you have any problems, please email me at the above email.

- Michael

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September 27, 2014

Added Double-Jump to the Level Editor, & fixed server bug

Hi all!

I added 19 more things to the level edior, including another camera movement, player ability double jump, player ability flying & a bunch of monsters, sticky walls, etc.

I also fixed an annoying 'Load from Server' bug, where loading from the server was pretty broken. But that's fixed! Yay!

Please report any bugs to michael at michael todd games dot com or tell me on twitter: @thegamedesigner

- Michael

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About This Game

A sequel to Electronic Super Joy! A brave new World, ending in an Epic Boss Fight!
Jump, dodge & dance among insane hazards, missiles, lasers & monsters!

Plot

A Giant Robot Stripper called JoJo has smashed Groove City! She's angry because Dr Swinger stole her Laser-Nipples!
Help JoJo reclaim her Laser-Nipples & defeat the Evil Plans of Dr.Swinger, with the help of Pope Boris the Super Sexy!

Key Features

  • 15 Levels, including 2 full-length secret levels.
  • 19 Secrets & Secret Areas!
  • New collectible Stars, Missile Stars & Mega-Stars! Maximize your score!
  • 8 Challenging Achievements!
  • 6 new tracks from the musical Master, EnV!

    Praise for the original Electronic Super Joy

    • "Indie gaming with style" - IGN
    • "Rock out and get your hardcore platforming on" - Joystiq
    • "Prepare to die. A lot." - Destructoid
    • "Anybody else just fucking in love with this game?" - Sevadus
    • "This game is... AWESOME!" - iHasCupquake
    • "An epic sexy soundtrack to this epic sexy game" - Markiplier
    • "This is probably the best story I've ever seen in an indie game" - RageQuit, Rooster Teeth
    • "Oh Dude! I'm feeling Electronic Super Joy!" - Game Grumps




    Ownership of Electronic Super Joy Classic is not required to play this game.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core or Equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Open GL
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: On-board sound
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
54 of 73 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Before I start, I'd like to ask that you read my review before downvoting it instantly just because it's negative. With that said, I don't think that ESJ:GC is a terrible game, just unfinished, and its current content is more like what you'd expect in a minor DLC or free update for the original game.

But first, let's start with the good parts. The soundtrack ranges from good at worst to amazing at best, which isn't surprising as the composer is the same as the first game's. The story and one-liners are about as quirky as in the first game, and you may or may not see that as a good thing, although for me personally the novelty of butt jokes, battlepopes and robot strippers has worn off a bit. Most of the few levels present were decently designed, with some skillfully timed jumps required at parts.

Now we get to the bad parts. One thing that I noticed right off the bat was that the ability to ground pound had been removed. Considering the original game had 4 total moves (left, right, jump, ground pound), this change is pretty significant. There's no way to get rid of missiles now, you can only jump around them, and the screen can get ridiculously cluttered with them unless if you purposely suicide after each checkpoint. I also found myself taking too long to fall at times and dying because of it, where in the original game I could have just ground pounded downwards.

Some platforming elements from the first game are either used only a few times, like the sticky walls, or not at all, like the wings. There's only one "boss", and all you have to do is avoid his attacks for around a minute. There are only a few varieties of enemies present, you could probably count them all on one hand.

These are all minor problems compared to the main issue, however: the game is just too short. I'm not particularly good at platformers, and even though I died several times, I was able to beat the entire game in slightly over an hour, getting all achievements in my first playthrough. There's no replay value at all. There is an included level editor, but this seems to be the dev's way of saying "this is all I'm doing, you finish the game". It seems to me like the dev didn't want to release these levels as free DLC for ESJ like he has in the past, but instead slapped a level designer on it and called it a new game.

I can't really complain about the price personally, since I bought this for 27 cents, but I know there are people who will want to buy it at full price. My word of advice: don't. It's basically a small level pack disguised as a sequel. Ask yourself if you think $5 is worth an hour, tops, of entertainment. You can make your money go much further than that on Steam. Of course, if you have a coupon or it's on sale, feel free to go for it if you want to burn away an hour of your time.

In conclusion, ESJ:GC has the potential to become just as good as ESJ if more (free) content is added, but as it is now, it's just a skeleton of a game that happens to have great music.

If you scrolled past all that just looking for a number, here it is: 4/10
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Remember kids, don't turn on the PG mode
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Very disappointing sequel to one of the best platformers out there. Some bug made it impossible to turn off ghosts, which made the whole screen a mess. Maybe I'll revisit in the future, if there's improvement. But I would avoid it for now.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Groove City is the so-called ''sequel'' to the original Electronic Super Joy. It got more or-gasms, more sex references and a stripclub. The platforming feels the same, but with a few nice little add-ons, I didn't get the ''been there, done that''-feeling. THe soundtrack is amazing and makes you want to play over and over again, just for the music.

I bought this game through a Humble Bundle for $1 together with 2 more games, and I must say that's worth it. €4 may be a little to steep, but as a great fan of ESJ, I recommend this.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
If I ever wanted to go blind, this is the game that would cause it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
24 minutes in and I'm already pulling my hair out.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
This game feels like "I wanna be the Guy" meets "Super Meat Boy" meets "LIMBO". It's not a good mix.

The gameplay sums up to very basic walking and press sensitive jumping. You don't get any new skills or mechanics that add to gameplay whatsoever throughout it. You go through what I'm assuming is a collection of the worst possible obstacles there can be in a platformer - trial and error segments, slow moving and seemingly random homing projectiles, unavoidable trash pickups, screen corners of death, you name it. If you've hated it in a platformer, it's probably in this game.

The graphic design is l̶a̶z̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶u̶n̶i̶n̶s̶p̶i̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶i̶x̶e̶l̶ ̶a̶r̶t RETRO style. All segments containing actual gameplay have all elements (characters, homing missiles and landscape) painted completely black with a few exceptions of a couple white pixels and trails. This makes for incredibly confusing distinguishment of elements on screen and becomes frustrating as friendly characters are aesthetically similar to characters that murder you and so on, so forth for everything else.

The soundtrack is a selection of a few generic trance music tracks. They all sound the same and become unsettingly repetitive after a while if you ever do get stuck at a segment and having to listen to it loop - and watch as the 2 frame background characters bob their heads to it.

The game also suffers from the "thinks it's funny" syndrome. It randomly pops up background characters being vulgar and other lowbrow tactics to get a laugh out of people. While I am a person who would very much laugh at the Pope being into Strippers and Scientists yelling over nipples and everything in between, it was far too obvious it was just trying to seem random to get easy laughs for ratings.

Overall this is a very poor game that seems like it was coded in a few days over a couple bottles of vodka. I've played tons of platformers and can safely say this one lacks severely in every aspect. There's no penalty for dying and overcoming the bullcrap obstacles renders no satisfaction whatsoever as they're not difficult as some just demand patience or dare I say luck.

What angers me the most about it is not the poor taste humor or bullcrap gameplay, but the fact that someone out there is laughing because he got this crap on here and is charging money for it.


If you've come this far, here are a few platformers that are easily superior to whatever this can offer, along with being free:
Pause Ahead
SHIFT
Level Up
Meat Boy (original flash version)
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Pros
-Amazing soundtack
-Not to difficult, and yet it's difficult; giving you the right amount of rage with love of the game <3
-MUST GET THAT RAINBOW STAR!!!

Cons
-sidescrolling is a pain in my ♥♥♥
-Time limit

I'll edit this review once I play more of it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Interesting 2D colorful game, small number of levels, but great and fun!
It also have many hidden stars, and 2 hidden levels!
Speed and finger skill required! :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
it's DLC sized with a map editor. that's all.

bought it for 90% off, totaly worth. full prize? not really.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
If you liked the original, you'll love this. I recommend playing the original first because this one is much harder but follows the same style as the original in both gameplay, visuals, and sound. My main complaint is that this game is much shorter than the original but if the new level editor gains a more robust featureset, then it's very possible that thanks to user-created levels this one could end up with even more levels than the original.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
A great expansion to the original game, same awesome gameplay, secrets added, robots, lazer nipps, butts.
If you liked the original game then you'll love this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
If you played the first Electronic Super Joy, then you'll know what to expect, as it's pretty much exactly the same formula, which is by NO MEANS a bad thing.

ESJ is a platformer, with a great soundtrack, and you'll be thankful for that soundtrack as it may be the background music to the destruction of whatever device you're using to play this game, as you're bound to get stuck a few times. This isn't a game that skimps out on difficulty, and will more than likely give your fingers a good work out, which again isn't a bad thing as it's a good challenge, which will make you feel all the better once you've bested said challenge.

The controls for this game are just as good as ever, tight, responsive, and best of all, (or worst) you can't blame the game for you dying! Even though you may want to after a few retrys.

The one low point for some people will have to be the length, and that's it's not very long. This makes it a short and sweet entry to the series, but still a very good one.

Overall, the game is just great! Controls are wonderful, the soundtrack is brilliant, the one low point for some people might be the length, but for the price it's at you can't complain too much, especially when you're getting such a good game.

If you like platformers, this is a must-have!
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
A short expansion on the original ESJ. Pumping beats, flashing visuals and hardcore gameplay...it's all there. Just make sure you know this is not a sequel but a short (but focused and well-made) one hour-ish expansion to ESJ.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
More awesome music from EnV and great levels along with it too, with the funny dialogue and lots of missiles you know its gonna be fun! Its great to see what concluded of the aftermath of Electronic Super Joy as well.
In summary: Short butt sweet, if you loved the regular ESJ as much as I did, you'll love Groove City! BUYITBUYITBUYIT!

A note to Michael Todd: Feed my addiction, I need more ESJ!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
The game is really short and I heard a lot of negatives critics from the ESJ fans. I haven't play any other games from this series, so I wont judge it this way. I got the game via the Humble Bundle, it's quite short, but it's lovely, especially the soundtrack, which I really love. The gameplay is quite simple (still some levels are a bit challenging/frustrating) and the game is quite short. But well, he isn't that expensive, a good deal if you have nothing to do with your evening imo, and even cheaper than a movie at a movie theater !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Excelente juego de velocidad y paciencia, ir pasando niveles con obtaculos y sobre todo la banda sonora muy bueno, de los mejores Juegos en música, me encantan los retos y este es uno mas que quiero completar y con la música se pone mejor cada vez 9.5\10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
Read my review for the "first game": http://steamcommunity.com/id/lordbalder/recommended/244870

It's pretty much the same thing here...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
(9/10)

More of the same but in this case that can be a very enjoyable thing! The game keeps up the thumping bass, frantic technically demanding platforming and charm/wit that kept the original so engaging. The Secret areas add that much more perverse challenge to make your run even harder than it had to be. Overall really did enjoy. Totally worth picking up if you liked the original.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
the best thing is not the game for that's the ♥♥♥♥ing awesome music by Env so i say buy this and old game just for the music and Env RULES
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