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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 DOS Title and Copyright Information (U.S. Version)
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Amiga Hurt the dinosaur
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja Arcade Intro
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja NES The Opening moments of the first level. Everything seems to have shrunk from it's SNES counterpart

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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
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jan, 1994 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) Genesis Mar, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Video Games SNES Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Defunct Games Genesis Jun 28, 2012 B- 67
Video Games NES Jun, 1992 53 out of 100 53
Amiga Games Amiga Mar, 1993 52 out of 100 52
HonestGamers SNES Apr 18, 2005 5 out of 10 50 NES Jun, 2012 D 25


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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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