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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 SNES Probably shouldn't have killed that pterodactyl...
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja SNES Data East Logo
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja SNES This bone-throwing skill sure is handy
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja SNES Bonk isn't the only prehistoric man craving meat

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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

N-Force Jul, 1992 89 out of 100 89
1UP! Jun 05, 2009 82 out of 100 82
Play Time Nov, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Player One Sep, 1992 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Mar, 1992 71 out of 100 71
Video Games Feb, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1992 27 out of 40 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1992 7.5 out of 12 62
HonestGamers Apr 18, 2005 5 out of 10 50


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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.

Information also contributed by Dan K
Simon Wingate (27) added Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja (SNES) on Jan 02, 2003
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