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Jungle Hunt offers four unique adventure experiences, which repeat with greater difficulty once all four have been survived. If you don't survive these adventures, you will not only lose your own life but that of the lovely Penelope, who has been captured by cannibals!

The first part challenges your Tarzan skills - can you swing on the vines without plummeting to your doom? The second part pits you against a whole bunch of nasty crocodiles in a mighty river. Fortunately, you have a knife to fight back with. Don't forget to go up for air! In the third part, you face a battle against oncoming boulders of varying sizes and physics. Once you've cleared all these treacherous hazards, you still must confront the dreaded cannibal, who is armed with a wicked spear. Can you get past him and save the lovely Penelope?

Gameplay involves much strategic jumping and knife play (in the river/crocodile phase). The view is always a side view, much like Pitfall! and later platform games.


Jungle Hunt VIC-20 Title screen
Jungle Hunt Atari 8-bit The beginning of your quest!
Jungle Hunt PC Booter Beginning a game (CGA Composite mode)
Jungle Hunt PC Booter Get past the cannibals to save the girl! (CGA with RGB monitor)

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Alternate Titles

  • "Jungle King" -- Earlier Japanese arcade title
  • "Ca├žaca na Selva" -- Brazilian title

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An african explorer goes jungle-hunting for his girl Commodore 64 *Katakis* (38210)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Jul 06, 2002 A 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 09, 2006 A 100
Tilt Atari 2600 Sep, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Computer Games Atari 2600 Nov, 1983 B+ 83
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 2006 7.7 out of 10 77
Personal Computer Games Atari 8-bit Jul, 1984 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 05, 2000 B- 67
Power Play Atari 8-bit Dec, 1987 4 out of 10 40


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The IBM PC version of the game is one of the few games on the platform to display more than 4 colors in 4-color CGA mode on the screen at the same time by switching palettes mid-screen. This technique was not widely utilized however several other games featured it as well, including California Games and Frogger.

Original arcade version

The original coin-op version of Jungle Hunt was a hastily-revised expurgation of Jungle King, removing all distinctive properties of Tarzan (the yell, the garb, swinging on vines -- changed to ropes) following the threat of legal action from the estate of Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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