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Jackal

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
3.6
DOS
...
2.2
NES
78
4.0
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Description

The enemy army has captured too many of your forces. Being held in P.O.W. camps, these soldiers are effectively out of the war... unless some kind of rescue operation can be mounted. Heavy Forces are too slow and visible to be of any use, but perhaps something smaller and lighter may make it in where larger forces would fail. A small jeep, maybe two, crewed by about 4 people.... minimal enough not to represent too much of a loss and yet suitable enough to aid in rescue. But of course, if these brave men want to succeed AND come back alive; they'll need to fight like animals... they'll need to fight like jackals...

Jackal is an overhead view jeep game for up to 2 players. The controller moves in four directions, button A fires your gernades (upgradable to bazooka) and button B your machine gun which ALWAYS fires to the top of the screen. Your mission is to locate facilities where soldiers are being held prisoner, rescue as many as possible, and escort them to a safe landing zone where they will be air transported away. After that, you'll need to fight a boss battle against the enemy to progress.

Screenshots

Jackal Arcade Little BOOM!
Jackal Commodore 64 High scores
Jackal NES In this scene, I am throwing gernades over the wall while laser beams surround the jeep
Jackal Commodore 64 I lost all lives. I can enter my initials for high score.

Alternate Titles

  • "赤色要塞" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Top Gunner" -- US Coin-op Alternate Title
  • "Tokushu Butai Jackal" -- Japanese Coin-op Title
  • "Final Command: Akai Yousai" -- Japanese Famicom Disk System version

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User Reviews

Tank you very much NES Sam Vicchrilli (17)
Hop in the Humvee and blow stuff up!! NES ceibant (9)
Bombs Away! NES Robert C (7)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic NES Jul 27, 2007 A- 91
Retro Spirit Games NES Mar 26, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Retroage NES Nov 06, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Deeko NES 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 487 out of 1000 49
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1987 5.8 out of 12 48
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1988 450 out of 1000 45
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1988 4 out of 10 40
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 4 out of 10 40
Power Play Amstrad CPC Dec, 1987 1 out of 10 10

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Trivia

German index

On July 30, 1988, Jackal was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.
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