Gem Wars is a hardcore combat platformer with unique mixing of weapon elements for online/local couch play. Layers of complexity will have you coming back for more. Endless ways to play: new Infection Mode, Survival Mode, 7 Battle Modes with tons of mods and single player Challenges.
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Release Date: Dec 15, 2015

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October 21

Level Up, Power Up + Halloween Update!

- Earn XP and Level Up: All modes will now reward players with XP. Earning XP allows you to raise your player level and unlock powerups for Survival Cooperative use.

- Powerups: Reach higher waves in SURVIVAL CO-OP by earning Powerups. Locally, you could purchase one before going into battle (this feature is currently unavailable online). Each player will also gain a single random powerup by defeating a member of the Descended (who appear in Wave 10 and every 5 waves after).

There are nine in total! Collect them all and try them out.

Halloween Content:
Cyborg Zombie Jibbots now roam SURVIVAL mode, while players can become infected with Jack-o-Lantern heads in INFECTION mode.

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June 15

Rollback netcode is in!

We have implemented rollback in order to reduce lag during your online experience while playing Gem Wars: Attack of the Jiblets. Let us know how it works out for you guys.

We've also adjusted player movement a bit, making it less floaty, as requested by a lot of our players. Let us know if it's better or worse or if it needs further adjustments.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to post here.

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About This Game

Gem Wars: Attack of the Jiblets is a combat party platformer for up to 4 players. It's a local/online party game centered around the concept of "constant one-upmanship." Power-ups include gems that can be picked up to empower your character with a certain element. Each element has a strength and a weakness (i.e, fire is strong against earth, but water is strong against fire). Also available are Lethal Arms, which can change your default weapon shot from a normal pea-shot to a Gatling, Barrage, Launcher, Ball or Thrower. When these two power-ups are combined they can make a deadly new weapon (i.e, Fire Gem + Stream-Shot Arm = Flamethrower or Water Gem + Stream-Shot Arm = Super Soaker).

Mix and match your equipment with an expansive arsenal of unique Tactical Arms (which include a teleporter, cement block-maker, homing beacon, bear trap dropper, swingable rope, shot-reflecting shield, magnetball that rips off enemy equipment and a claw that forces your opponents to wear whatever gem you want) and the extra-transportational Power Boots (jet boots for flying, rocket boots for speed and spike boots for stomping out enemies).

Features include:

- Single player Challenges Mode with 30 Challenges
- Survival Mode for 1-4 Players
- Infection Mode (*new*) - 4 Players (or AI-controlled players) lock into battle for 4 rounds. Each round, someone is selected as an Infected player. That player has to infect everyone else to win the round.
- 7 Multiplayer Battle Modes for Local and Online, including: Deathmatch, King of the Hill, Super Gem, Mixed, Last Standing, Trophy (*new*) and Domination (*new*)
- All Battle Modes can be played with score/stock/time variants, Free-For-All or Team game types and wide variety of gameplay modifiers like Gem Roulette (where every 15 seconds, the player's element switches)
- Create-A-Character with 50 unlockable character parts
- 6 Unique Arenas
- 20 Pieces of Equipment
- 40 Steam Achievements
- Steam Trading Card Support

The Story:
The Jiblets were a benevolent species that inhabited the world of Septia. Due to overpopulation, a large portion of Jiblets were forced to move underground (these were appropriately referred to as The Descended). Years later, elemental gems and weaponry began sprouting around Septia. The Jiblets, never having experienced such power, became corrupt. War broke out.

Turns out that the appearance of the elemental gems and weaponry was all a scheme by The Descended, whose numbers have been decimated over the years due to similar infighting caused by the same gems. The exposure to the gems in their purest form have turned The Descended into deformed monstrosities with great power and intellect. The Descended have plotted to wipe out the unevolved Jiblets and replace them as the master race. By releasing the gems, The Descended let the Jiblets battle among each other, setting the Jiblets' own genocide in motion.

We are constantly updating the online playability. Please report any issues at the Community forums.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
Gem Wars is a fun competitive combat platformer with a few unique twists.

An elemental system keeps the game fresh and ups the intensity as players scramble for the weapons and elements needed to take down the player in the lead.
While numerous rule sets and modifiers let players tailor each round to their personal preference.

Jumping is a bit floatier than in most games of this genre, changing the pace a lot. Its easier to line up shots in mid-air, but if you miss you are wide open for counter attack. Desperate wall jumping games of cat and mouse are a regular occurrence as you always forget the chaser is just as slow as you are, and expect the killing blow to land any second.

This isn't just a multiplayer title either, which is a refreshing change. Sure you have both local and online multiplayer, but there is plenty of meat in the single player game too. Fun challenges, survival modes and challenging AI are all in this game and it really helps Gem Wars shine. It's definitely a game you can play for a few hours offline in solo and not get bored.

My main negative with the title isn't the game itself, but the fact that because its a small indie title it doesn't yet have the following for thriving online multiplayer. This is definitely a game where you will need to contact a friend for a multiplayer match. Playing with strangers just isn't realistically going to happen.

Luckily, it comes with a cheaper price tag than most so if you really like the game. You can always afford a second copy for a multiplayer buddy :)

The game has attracted comparisons to Duck Game and Towerfall, but its definitely its own beast.
The elemental weapons, unique rule sets and floatier character movement all do enough to set this game apart and make it worthy of a purchase if you are keen to explore more of what this genre has to offer.

So far there have been fast regular updates constantly improving this game, and more to come in the coming months, so it's also an evolving beast. There are definitely greater things to come as this game strives hard to match it with the giants of the genre. It's a game that knows that to match them for sales, it has to aim to outclass them for quality where ever it can.

If you're still unsure then grab it on sale and explore it for yourself. Its a surprising game that won't let you down.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 3, 2015
I love this game!

The character customization is a nice feature, as it allows you to make your own avatar from built-in parts.
The arenas are nicely designed and not too large and barren or cramped. 4-8 players can make for some crazy multiplayer matches.

When it comes to the weapons, I like how there are two sets of abilities - one for mostly offensive weapons and another for tactical items, both of which you can use at anytime. The weapons are easy to pummel opponents with, but the tactical items take some getting used to. There's missile launchers and beam weapons, swinging ropes, traps, rocket boots and other cool toys to play around with. People will definitely have a favorite set of items in this game. I'm fond of the launcher+shield combo. The cool thing about the items is that they have limited ammo, forcing you to pick up other stuff and keeping other players from being too powerful.

It'll take some time to get used to the game's controls. They might feel a bit overwhelming at first but after some time practicing it can be pretty awesome dodging bullets all the while ramming into other players and knocking them into pits. Even when you have your default weapon which is pretty weak, it doesn't mean you're easy prey to other players. This makes the game pretty balanced no matter what items appear.

Overall Gem Wars is easy to pick up and really fun! But, it is challenging to master all the different moves and items at your disposal. The good thing is that learning the ins and outs of the game isn't required to have fun. But once you do, it opens up a whole new world of offensive and defensive strategies, which makes the game even more fun. A tournament scene can easily grow around this game.

Cheers to the developer, it can only get more awesome from here! Put a lot more content in and the game will be a must buy on Steam with the $4.99 price point.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 18, 2015
Excellent multiplayer action platformer! Like combining Super Smash Bros with Mega-Man as well as a couple others. Several interesting weapons and environments to utilize in facing your opponents so this game can be very competetive if up against an experienced player. Great rewards for continous play and achievements and SEVERAL hours of playability and replayability.

Action packed fun for the whole family and a great party game! Challenge your friends or show off online! GIT GUD or get REKT SON!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
The game is pretty much super smash bros mixed with Megaman! Online is dead but hey split screen is enabled and its pretty fun while playing with friends and family

Split screen
mix weapons with elements changing the weapon
Steam achievements and trading cards
Tutorial goes in-depth.
Art style is good

Music is repetitive(not good)
Sound effects are limited
Physics kinda floaty
Online dead
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
It is without doubt that Gem Wars: Attack of the Jiblets has an opportunity to force its into a niche dying out for high quality games on the PC – competitive couch games. Queen Birdface Productions have clearly taken inspiration from the likes of console giant Super Smash Bros. It’s a combat party platformer where the last man standing wins. It has all of the right game mechanics to be a great entry in the genre. Where the differences between titles such as Smash and Gem Wars is is in the key elemental mechanic. Players pick up elements that will transform their weapon with each element creating a different weapon. I can definitely envision a mad scramble occurring for the weapon power ups as they can and do prove to be the difference in winning and losing.

The single player mode is stronger than I was initially going to give it credit for. Initially I found that the AI in the challenge modes was overpowered but then I read the actual tutorials – a must read to understand how to play beyond the basic controls – and I was able to find them a beatable challenge. There’s a lot of depth to the single player mode with quite a number of different challenges and a great survival mode giving the game extended gameplay.

As other critics and reviewers have mentioned due to its lack of popularity the online multiplayer is not thriving. That appears to be the biggest weakness for the game and hence why I wanted to provide the game some of the spotlight that it deserved. In the week that this goes to print it is also a part of the Indie Gala Monday bundle which will hopefully further increase the player base. The developers deserve an opportunity for their game to shine as they have been great towards their community for a long time – even before the game was submitted to Steam Greenlight.

If you’re looking for a competitive couch game on PC or an ultra challenging single player experience then please give Gem Wars some consideration.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Gem Wars: Attack of the Jiblets may look like an easy game from the start, but actually has way more to it than the previews have to offer.

Lets start off with the Jiblets themselves. You can customize them in terms of how their eyes look, their mouth, color, and even clothes! Some things you also have to unlock, which makes the customization section that much more interesting.

There are many different modes, but by far my favorite is challenge mode and local survival. In challenge mode, you can do different things and meet the requirements to actually pass the challenge, and based on your performance you will get a certain amount of gems, which you can later use to unlock things. In local survival, enemies come at you in waves, and the more the waves progress the harder the enemies get and the more of them there are.

The actual mechanics in this game are beyond amazing. First off, there is a weakness and resistance system, that applies when you change your ability. Fire is weak to water, water is weak to electricity, electricity is weak to earth, and earth is weak to fire. If your opponent is the weakness of your ability, you do significantly more damage. But same rule applies to you, if you have the weaker ability. You can also choose different types of ammunition and weapon types that apply best to you. Additionally, things fall down onto the stage like rocket boosts, spike boosts, shields, traps, etc.

So in the end, do I recommend this game? Definitely. If I were to rate it out of 10, it would simply be 10/10 no doubt. If you haven't bought this game yet I suggest you go pick it up now :)
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
Thank you the developement team for generously supplying me with a key for review and feedback purposes. The team certainly seems active on forum, and quite willing to incorporate community input into the game.


Gem Wars: Attack of the Jiblets is a multiplayer (local and online) combat platformer that has many elements in common with the familiar bunch including TowerFall and Duck Game, among others. The one new mechanic that stands out with this title is that you can mix weapons with different 'elements' (fire, water, etc.), which adds another layer of strategy to play. If your enemy is fire, you best grab that water element.

In a fairly flooded market, Gem Wars mostly suffers from not really forging its own identity. The weapon/element mixing is great, but just not really enough to carry it on its own. Everything else has been done before - and most of it is fairly 'meh'. Lets just look at the 'Pros' and 'Cons':

+Great take on keeping weapons fresh - while there are only a modest number of weapons, they can be mixed with different elements that create a whole new layer of complexity. This is well done.
+This title is obviously a labor-of-love for the developers, and it shows.
+Tutorial is pretty in-depth.

=There are lots and lots of game modes, but few of them merit being there. Several are really good, but many seem to be there just to add content.
=Another example of content fluff is all the different character builds. Fine, they are ok, but hardly different. Reminds me ALOT of BattleBlock Theatre. In fact the art is not dissimiliar, either.
=I believe that english is not the native language for the developement team, and it shows in certain parts of the text and description in-game (I am not talking about the store page description at this point). This is no big deal, because it can easily be fixed with the right help.
=At this point, the only way you will play online multiplayer is if you arrange it upfront with someone. There are no 'active' battles being hosted whenever I randomly checked. To be expected, but also to be noted here.

-Music is repetitive and not very good.
-Sound effects are quite limited, and become annoying after a short while (I'm talking like 20 minutes). In particular, the sound associated with getting hit/killed. Probably just needs more variety.
-Physics are too floaty. Needs *slightly* tighter controls. I feel this is a legitamate gripe because this is the core mechanic for a game like this. If you look at all the top, most well recieved games in this genre, you will see that the all have one thing in common - super tight and responsive controls.
-I know they were trying to keep a child-friendly rating, but I think it seriously detracts from the game, and basically robs it of any identity. What is a gem war? What is a jiblet? Its all kind of silly. Once again, I like the weapon idea, but the characters and the actual weapon visuals feel generic.

For this price, there are a metric ton of better local (and some online) multiplayer games to play. Too many to list, in fact. Finally, I do these reviews for my Steam friends - I don't mean to come off harsh - but I honestly would not tell my friends to run out and purchase this over other titles.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 5, 2015
Gem Wars: Attack of the Jiblets is a game that is hardcore in nature, it is because of its different variety of weapons to choose from, my favorite is the barrage (shotgun) paired up with the elements: fire, nature, electricity and water to make these weapons stronger. its a classic deathmatch between some creatures i think its called the jiblets, that will release your intuitive skills and your RAGGGGGEEEEE! Hormones!

Let the games begin!

I'll give it a 8/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 19, 2015
A more-than-capable single-screen brawler with an interesting rock-paper-scissors mechanic. The controls, while tight, take a moment to get used to, but after that you're golden. Couple all this with cutesy visuals and a fantastically low price-point and you have a winner.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27, 2015
Very addicting and insane game. It's like I fell into a super smash bro's land full of little creatures that are so cute it will kill you, literately. Prepare yourself for frantic survival levels and cut throat multiplayer.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: July 30
Highly addicting specially when you play 4 on 4. We play it at home along with some drinking games. Much Fun!
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Posted: February 17
Had high hopes for this game as a local multiplayer brawler, but really disappointing. The default control options are terrible (D-pad instead of stick) and the gameplay is average at best. It's really more painful than fun to play. Almost everything is locked at the start, but you don't know what you're missing out on unless you have the patience to continue playing it. I would definitely recommend Megabyte Punch or StarWhal over this, these games at least have you hooked from the start.
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Posted: February 15
6/10 the game used to be fine a few days ago but now every match is in slow motion, like DRAMATICALLY slower than usual.
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Posted: February 10
The game crashes when you accept an invite to a game
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