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NESThe Video Game Critic
The one cheap aspect of the game is the way enemy vehicles sometimes appear suddenly as you're pushing against the side of the screen, making them hard to avoid. Jackal also has a rescue element reminiscent of Choplifter. Upon blowing up enemy buildings, captured soldiers emerge from the wreckage. You'll can pick them up and transport them to a helicopter pad, but you only score points by delivering them safely. This adds depth to the gameplay, as you tend to be less reckless when transporting cargo. Jackal not only provides excellent solo play, but a friend can join in for some two-player simultaneous action. The pacing is a bit slower and more deliberate than similar games, but also more satisfying. Even the military-style background music is appealing. I can absolutely recommend Jackal to all NES shooter fans.
NESRetro Spirit Games
Additional changes to the gameplay include a Tardis-like jeep that allows infinite P.O.W.s to clamber on board, special star power-ups that grant either a 1up, trigger a screen-clearing explosion, or power-up your secondary fire to maximum, and the removal of exploding enemy vehicle wreckage. These little tweaks to gameplay make the NES version slightly more fun to play then the Arcade version - something Konami also achieved with their excellent NES ports of Contra and Rush N Attack. Despite the relaxed difficulty level, this home version of Jackal still provides a hefty challenge, with only four continues to complete the game, the use of which restarts you from the beginning of the stage in which you met your end. Victory is a far more realistic proposition than the arcade version, though, and it will keep you hooked until you finally beat it.
If you like shoot ‘em ups you will surely like Jackal. Now if you are like Agent J and detest them you will probably still enjoy the 2 player simul mode. I advise you to buy it and buy it now. It is certainly one of the best, unheralded games on the NES.
W Jackalu znajdziemy dosłownie wszystko to, czego gracz oczekuje od shootera z prawdziwego zdarzenia. Jest mnóstwo przeciwników, jest system upgradu broni, jest też system kooperacji dwóch graczy, jak również bonusy i urozmaicone plansze z szybko rosnącym poziomem trudności, co wyraźnie zwiększa żywotność gry. Jackal nie doczekał się niestety kontynuacji pozostając nieco w cieniu innych świetnych gier od Konami. Wielka szkoda tym bardziej, że w niczym nie ustępuje tym wszystkim hitom. Jeśli komuś podobają się strzelanki od Konami, to i Jackalem nie będzie zawiedziony, bo to kawał porządnego i miodnego kodu na naszego NESa.
ArcadeRetro Spirit Games
Jackal requires time and patience to get good at it, but thankfully its fun and addictive nature keep you coming back for more, with the high difficulty level only encouraging you to conquer its enemy-laden stages. Once you master the control scheme and the weapons at your disposal, you will be hooked, coming back time and time again to try and get that little bit further, or to beat your last highscore. There's also a fantastic two player mode, allowing you and a buddy to team up in two separate, though irritatingly similar looking, vehicles. With both of you unleashing torrents of machine gun fire and rockets, you have a far, far greater chance of survival against the enemy forces. Just make sure you don't end up squabbling over who gets the fleeing P.O.W.s. These days, you can play Jackal in the usual manner, MAME on PC, or, you can purchase it via Game Room on the Xbox 360. The emulation is sound, and the online leaderboards add further encouragement to master it.
Jackal est un bon petit jeu simple et agréable pour ceux qui savent apprécier ce genre.
NESJust Games Retro
More than anything, Jackal is Choplifter on land. You drive around in a Jeep, complete with mounted machine gun and a grenade-lobbing or rocket-shooting guy in the passenger seat. You dodge tanks, enemy troops, and rotating cannons as you attempt to find POW camps. When you locate one, you blow the sheds open with your explosives, and the guys all pile in the backseat. Then you drive them to an extraction point. If you've played Choplifter, doesn't this sound familiar?
There may not be many gamers out there that have had the pleasure of the Jackal, but it is one that many have enjoyed. One of the first war based games I played while growing up, and one that I spent much time enjoying with fellow compatriots in my bunker. At ease gamer! Now drop Jackal in your NES and give it a couple hours of playtime.
ZX SpectrumACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
As you'd expect from the scenario, there's nothing too intellectually demanding in Jackal. Graphics are rather poor by current standards; enemy soldiers are tiny and unconvincing stick figures, while backgrounds are standard issue stuff. The merely average sound does nothing to soup up the fun.
Amstrad CPCACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
The CPC Jackal is worse than the Spectrum in every aspect; graphics are even more rudimentary, with miserable-looking soldiers you wouldn't really want to recruit if you were running your own army. Sound is very weak and it certainly won't tax your mind any more than on the Speccy.
Amstrad CPCPower Play
Als Spielautomat mag Jackal ja einen gewissen Unterhaltungswert haben, doch die CPC-Umsetzung Ist restlos mißlungen. Das mäßig intelligente Spielprinzip wurde technisch recht stümperhaft realisiert. Der Bildschirm ist dermaßen winzig, daß man Angreifer oft erst dann erkennt, wenn deren Schuß den eigenen Jeep bereits angeschmort hat. Das Scrolling ist zudem keine Ruhmestat und zeichnerisch ist die Grafik schlichtweg grausig. Daß es auf dem CPC wesentlich besser geht, zeigt die hervorragende „Renegade“-Adaption.
Selbst hartgesottene Actionfans kann ich vor Jackal nur warnen. Das Programm sieht schlecht aus, spielt sich noch schlechter und sorgte bei mir nur für Frust. Prädikat lieber nicht.