Buzz! Junior: Robo Jam

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Buzz! Junior: Robo Jam
BuzzJrRoboJam.jpg
PS2 PAL boxart
Developer(s) Magenta Software, FreeStyleGames
Cohort Studios (PS2 & PS3)
Columbia Pictures (Xbox 360)
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Series Buzz!
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Release date(s) PS2
  • EU 25 May 2007
  • NA 11 March 2009
PS3
  • EU 14 May 2009
  • NA 9 July 2009
PS4
  • NA 15 July 2010
PSP
  • EU 12 July 2011
Xbox 360
    Genre(s) Party
    Mode(s)

    Single player, Multiplayer

    ESRB: E10+

    Buzz! Junior: Robo Jam is a 2007 family game for the Sony PlayStation 2, and is the second game in the Buzz! Junior series of games. Buzz! Junior: Robo Jam was co-developed by Cohort Studios, Magenta Software, and FreeStyleGames. It was first ported to PlayStation 2 by Cohort Studios. Cohort Studios supplied the engine, Magenta Software supplied 17-19 of the 24-25 mini-games, and Freestyle Games supplied the remaining 6-7 mini-games. Cohort Studios developed a PlayStation 3 version of the game that was released on the PlayStation Store on 14 May 2009 which included trophy support and, for the first time, players could use a DualShock controller as well as the Buzz! Buzzers. Columbia Pictures developed an XBOX 360 version where the player (BLUE) can use an XBOX controller instead of Buzz! Buzzers. Gameplay comprises multiple mini-games, each quite simple and straightforward to play using the four Buzz! controllers. It is primarily aimed at the family market but offers appealing entertainment to almost anyone of any age. Simple game play allows young children to participate while still being entertaining enough for older children and adults. The game is similar in concept to Jungle Party, with robot based mini-games in a space-themed environment. One of the main differences between Jungle Party and Robo Jam is the introduction of AI, allowing players to play against the computer. Unlike Jungle Party there is no solo game mode. A full game can be played with only one human player and three computer players. It has 25 games (24 in North America) of mechanical mayhem.

    Buzz! Junior: Robo Jam won the 2007 Children's Jury Giga Maus award.[1]

    Magenta Software Games (North America)[edit]

    • Barrel Bashing
    • Basket Eye-Ball
    • Bug Blast
    • Cosmic Keepers
    • Crazy Conveyor
    • Galaxy Grab
    • Go Nuts!
    • High Dive
    • Mad Mallets
    • Octo-Beat
    • Odd Bot Out
    • Pillow Fight
    • Piston Peril
    • Pop-Up Pairs
    • Robo-Rollers
    • Rocket Robots
    • Saucer Shootout

    Freestyle Games Games (North America)[edit]

    • Astro Blaster
    • Crash Test
    • Nitro Racing
    • Plummeting Platforms
    • Robot Teleport
    • Robot Throwing
    • Space Jumping

    Gameplay[edit]

    Gameplay comprises multiple mini-games, each quite simple and straightforward to play using the four Buzz! controllers. It is primarily aimed at the family market but offers appealing entertainment to almost anyone of any age. The voice-over (Phil Hayes) introduces each game & the instructions. For example: if See-Saw pops up, Phil Hayes will say: "See-Saw!", and he'll say: "In this, your robot teams can use a see-saw. I'll pump it up & the see-saw will start to build up speed. Buzz when you want to let it go. Don't wait too long, though, or I'll lose my pump. Whoever stop the see-saw first wins.", & he begins the game, saying: "Be careful not to fall!", and he will say "FIRST ROUND!, ROUND 2!, ROUND 3!, ROUND 4!, & FINAL ROUND!" Simple game play allows young children to participate while still being entertaining enough for older children and adults. The game is similar in concept to Jungle Party, with robot based mini-games in a space-themed environment. One of the main differences between Jungle Party and Robo Jam is the introduction of AI, allowing players to play against the computer. Unlike Jungle Party there is no solo game mode. A full game can be played with only one human player and three computer players.

    Development[edit]

    Robo Jam was co-developed by Cohort Studios, Magenta Software and FreeStyleGames. Cohort Studios supplied the engine, Magenta Software supplied 17-19 of the 24-25 mini-games, and Freestyle Games supplied the remaining 6-7 mini-games. Cohort Studios also developed a PlayStation 3 version of the game that was released on the PlayStation Store on 14 May 2009 which included trophy support and, for the first time, players could use a DualShock controller as well as the Buzz! Buzzers. Columbia Pictures developed an Xbox 360 version where the player can use an Xbox controller for the 1st time.

    PlayStation 2 Games (Europe)[edit]

    • Astro Blaster
    • Barrel Bashing
    • Basket Eye-Ball
    • Bug Blast
    • Cosmic Keepers
    • Crash Test Dummies
    • Crazy Conveyor
    • Crazy Cook
    • Galaxy Grab
    • Go Nuts!
    • High Dive
    • Mad Mallets
    • Nitro Racing
    • Octo-Beat
    • Odd Bot Out
    • Pillow Fight
    • Piston Peril
    • Plummeting Platforms
    • Pop-Up Pairs
    • Robo-Rollers
    • Robot Teleport
    • Robot Throwing
    • Rocket Robots
    • Saucer Shootout
    • Space Jumping

    PlayStation 2 Games (North America)[edit]

    • Astro Blaster
    • Barrel Bashing
    • Basket Eye-Ball
    • Bug Blast
    • Cosmic Keepers
    • Crash Test
    • Crazy Conveyor
    • Galaxy Grab
    • Go Nuts!
    • High Dive
    • Mad Mallets
    • Nitro Racing
    • Octo-Beat
    • Odd Bot Out
    • Pillow Fight
    • Piston Peril
    • Plummeting Platforms
    • Pop-Up Pairs
    • Robo-Rollers
    • Robot Teleport
    • Robot Throwing
    • Rocket Robots
    • Saucer Shootout
    • Space Jumping

    PlayStation 3 Games[edit]

    • Bug Blast
    • Go Nuts!
    • Mad Mallets
    • Nitro Racing
    • Octo-Beat
    • Odd Bot Out
    • Pillow Fight
    • Piston Peril
    • Plummeting Platforms
    • Pop-Up Pairs

    PlayStation 4 Games[edit]

    Multiplayer Games:

    • Astro Blaster
    • Barrel Bashing
    • Basket Eye-Ball
    • Bug Blast
    • Cosmic Keepers
    • Crash Test
    • Crazy Conveyor
    • Crazy Cook
    • Galaxy Grab
    • Go Nuts!
    • High Dive
    • Mad Mallets
    • Nitro Racing
    • Octo-Beat
    • Odd Bot Out
    • Pillow Fight
    • Piston Peril
    • Plummeting Platforms
    • Pop-Up Pairs
    • Robo-Rollers
    • Robot Teleport
    • Robot Throwing
    • Rocket Robots
    • Saucer Shootout
    • Space Jumping

    Team Games:

    • Avalanche!
    • Badminton
    • Dunking Aliens
    • Galaxy Soccer
    • Ice Breakout
    • Lawn Darts
    • Low Bridge
    • See-Saw
    • Turtle Leaping
    • Volleyball

    PlayStation Portable Games[edit]

    • Barrel Bashing
    • Basket Eye-Ball
    • Bug Blast
    • Cosmic Keepers
    • Crash Test
    • Go Nuts!
    • High Dive
    • Mad Mallets
    • Nitro Racing
    • Octo-Beat
    • Odd Bot Out
    • Pillow Fight
    • Piston Peril
    • Plummeting Platforms
    • Pop-Up Pairs

    Reception[edit]

    Buzz! Junior: Robo Jam received generally mixed reviews from crtics, which holds a score of 67.53% on GameRankings based on 17 reviews.[2] Greg Miller of IGN, gave the game a 6.5/10 and said that the game "isn't beautiful or deep, but it is a solid game for families to occasionally gather around".[3] Chad Sapieha of Common Sense Media, However, gave the game 2 stars and an on rating for ages 7 and up, and said that "the mini-games are, by and large, well executed and fairly fun", the game was criticized for its lack of mini-games and that the game contains "no unlockable bonus activities, no art galleries, and no secret characters.".[4] Despite its mixed reviews, Buzz! Junior: Robo Jam won the 2007 Children's Jury Giga Maus award.[5]

    Cast Of Characters[edit]

    • Sarge: Phillip Maurice Hayes
    • Blue: Liam Neeson
    • Orange: Alison Brie
    • Green: Nick Offerman
    • Yellow: Charlie Day
    • Nut-N-Bolt Queen: Liz Barker

    References[edit]

    1. ^ "Giga Maus Awards 2007". 10 October 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 
    2. ^ GameRankings
    3. ^ IGN Review
    4. ^ Common Sense Media Review
    5. ^ "Giga Maus Awards 2007". 10 October 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2007. 

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