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Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja features the characters Joe and Mac as cavemen ninjas in a multi-level platform area where the player has to jump and club incoming enemies. They can also throw at them from distance using such weapons as boomerangs, bones, fire, flints, electricity and stone wheels. The objective of the game is to rescue a group of girls who were kidnapped by a rival tribe.


Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja NES This boss is an upright walking Euoplocephalus.
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Arcade Stolen women
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Zeebo The boss here is a dinosaur skeleton.
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Zeebo Some stages are divided in two parts. After reaching the middle of them, the player is presented with a choice of two courses to follow. I'm taking course A here.

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Alternate Titles

  • "ジョー&マック 戦え原始人" -- Japanese spelling
  • "忍者原人" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Tatakae Genshijin: Joe & Mac" -- Japanese title
  • "Joe & Mac" -- US Console title
  • "Caveman Ninja" -- English Coin-op title

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Critic Reviews Genesis Oct 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Play Time SNES Nov, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Player One SNES Sep, 1992 79 out of 100 79
Play Time DOS Jan, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jan, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Mar, 1992 27 out of 40 68
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1993 66 out of 100 66
Nintendo Magazine System UK Game Boy Apr, 1993 65 out of 100 65
Video Games NES Jun, 1992 53 out of 100 53
Amiga Games Amiga Mar, 1993 52 out of 100 52


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Copy protection

The copy protection for this game (DOS) used the back of the box.

Japanese version

In the Japanese version the intro is not told in text form but as a sequence in which a girl is kidnapped.

SNES version

The Super NES port features an overworld map in order to choose the levels (unlike the arcade/Genesis versions all of them have to be played), which were longer, plus some bonus stages (either in the levels or out in the world map). The final boss is also different and there is only one ending. In the Western version some bosses have additional green colour on them.

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