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Jackal (NES)

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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.

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Jackal NES One of the enemy's more impressive strongholds
Jackal NES HELP! These POWs need rescueing
Jackal NES Water slows your jeep down signifigantly, making even basic soldiers a threat
Jackal NES The machine gun weapon always fires upwards in relation to the screen

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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Bombs Away! Robert C (7) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Jul 27, 2007 A- 91
Retro Spirit Games Mar 26, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
NES Archives Feb 26, 2008 B+ 83
Retroage Nov 06, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Quebec Gamers Mar 04, 2007 7.4 out of 10 74
Just Games Retro Sep 20, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Deeko 2007 6.5 out of 10 65

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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.
WildKard (12149) added Jackal (NES) on Sep 27, 2003
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