Welcome Time Wasters!
I’m finally off my new smartphone high this week and am returning to browser games. This is always where the heart of the Time Waster has been, and I don’t plan on that changing anytime soon. So let’s move on with Just One Boss.
Just One Boss is an interesting take on a browser game. First off, there really is only one boss in the game. However, they have multiple different phases that they go through. As the player moves through these different stages of the boss battle, it becomes more difficult. This has the boss throwing more attacks at the player and even changing up how they play a little.
When it comes to taking down this boss, players don’t deal damage in a normal way, such as a sword or gun. Instead, they have to step on glowing panels on the floor. Doing so causes a bar above the boss to fill. Once it’s full, the next stage of the battle begins. There are four or five different stages for the boss to go through before the player beats them. Doing so earns the player a congratulations and the ability to challenge the game on hard mode. I took as pass on this myself, but feel free to give it a shot if it seems like your kind of thing.
Movement in Just One Boss is tied to the arrow keys and the player’s little blob moves around one grid at a time. This makes it easy to move exactly where the player needs to, even with the boss’ extra obstacles getting in the way. While the game is a little on the easy side, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. There’s also that hard mode I just mentioned.
Just One Boss uses pixel art to great effect. The animations are smooth and it does a good job at conveying to the player what they need to do. It goes for more of an NES look, which is a nice change from most indie games that try to replicate the SNES era of graphics. There’s also a good bit of flair thrown into the game, which is always a treat for pixel lovers like me.
When it comes to audio, Just One Boss is solid. The game doesn’t have a lot of audio, but then again, it is just one boss. That makes the amount of music in the game appropriate. The sound effects also fit in well with the rest of the game.
Just One Boss only lasts for a few minutes, which makes it a perfect candidate for the Time Waster. I got through it in just over seven minutes, but I’m sure that will vary depending on the player. Either way, the game is fun for however long it lasts.
Overall, my time with Just One Boss was enjoyable, and that’s all I really ask of my games. Go check it out if it seems like something you might enjoy.
Just One Boss earns 3 GiN Gems out of 5!