A Guide to Jolly Jugglers
What do Drackonacks, Slorgs, and bizarre bouncy things have in common? That's
right- they're all out to get you in the new game everyone (everyone being me)
is raving about: Jolly Jugglers! This semi-fast paced game is full of laughs,
tears, and an odd voice saying "oh darn" every time you hit something. Haven't
played the game yet, or have tried and sadly failed? This handy guide will help
The first thing to know, of course, is the premise to the game. The main characters
are, who could've guessed, the Jolly Juggler brothers. They are trying to rescue
their dear sister who has been trapped by a mutant Chia who you can *try* to
The controls can be a bit disconcerting for the Hannah and The Pirate/Ice Caves
players, re: how to switch between characters and how to jump/move/shoot, etc.
To shoot your juggling balls or whatever they are, you have to press the space
button. To switch brothers, one must press "z", not "s" like in the Hannah games.
I find it's just most convenient to have one finger on the z and one on the
space bar- just don't get disconcerted about what you're trying to do!
There are six items of a sort that you may collect after you've battled with
an enemy: fruits, ammo, an extra life, jump power, gun power up, and shield
power. I will go into those later.
There are 8 levels to the game, and I have labelled them as such:
Levels 1-3= Easy
Levels 4-6= Medium
Levels 7-8= Hard
Level 8 is the Mutant Chia, which I will go into at the end of the article.
There are general tips for the game which I have thought of as I've played:
- When you are jumping, be sure that you don't end up running into a Slorg
or the like who are above you: it's hard to remember that, which can make the
jumping ability a hassle rather than a benefit.
- When collecting items after you've battled, just leave the items if you'll
lose some armour as a result. It's usually not worth it.
- The shield powerup is the powerup I usually try to get to if possible. The
shield only lasts for about 10 seconds or so, but often it can buy you time
to get past some Drackonacks or jumpy things that you wouldn't be able to go
- I don't remember exactly which colours of the fruits correspond to which
points, but they are a nice point boost if you can get to them: the biggest
point boost being 20.
- ALWAYS, ALWAYS, at almost any cost, get the extra life powerups. Though not
always the case, I have found this to be one of the sole reasons I get to the
- Gun Powerups, I've found, are not typically very helpful unless you're about
to jump up to a place where there are more than one green Slorg, for instance,
or you're trying to shoot the bouncy things- you have a better chance of hitting
- The Drackonacks are very fast, so if you want to battle with all of them,
be sure you can quickly switch between the green and purple brothers.
- The same goes for the bouncy things as well, except with those, you have
to judge where they'll be when you fire, because they move up and down so much-
it can be confusing.
- If you're playing simply to get to that last crazy level, you'll often have
to forgo some point boost possibilities, simply due to necessity. The reverse
is true if you're playing for points.
-There will be times when one of the brothers has more armour than the other-
in that case, if you’re trying to jump quickly past some Drackonacks, for instance,
switch to the brother with more armour to avoid having to restart the level.
Now, for the last level of Jolly Jugglers. Once you finish Level 7 and “press
any button to continue”, scary music begins to play, and you find yourself confronted
with the enemy himself: the big, almost invincible Mutant Chia. Why, one might
ask, has this large, probably misunderstood Chia turned to these extremes to
defeat the talented Jugglers? That is a subject for another article. For now,
once you have reached this level, your unfortunate goal is to defeat him. There
will be a day when hopes you have been thinking all this time will come crashing
down, but IT IS NOT THIS DAY!! Or maybe it is. It depends on how ready you are
to face the Chia.
At the beginning of this level, the minimum number of lives that you need to
have to get anywhere would be two, though more is preferable. The Chia is on
the bottom step, and there are four or five steps that you can jump onto to
escape him. Now, for the nature of this perhaps misunderstood beast: he comes
in two colours, just like you: green and purple. When he is showing his green
side, only the green brother can damage him. When he is feeling purple, the
purple brother has to fire at him. The Chia will walk over you or roll on you,
making you lose armour. Also, he will occasionally fire big balls of electricity
at you. Sometimes, if you jump onto one of the steps, the electricity balls
will miraculously miss you, but it’s not the same level that helps you to miss
his firings every time. At the highest step, ammo, gun powerups and shields,
etc. will appear. ALWAYS get the shield- in fact, essentially anything that
appears there is helpful. You will run out of ammo, and the gun powerups make
the Chia lose more damage. For this level, it is IMPERATIVE to remember that,
if you lose a life, the Chia goes back to his original power and you have to
start all over again.
That is a rough overview of the game- truthfully, the best way to become very
experienced at this game is to follow my advice and to play as often as possible!
You’ll quickly become addicted. And give the Mutant Chia my love!