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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.
Credits (Atari 2600 version)
Average score: 76% (based on 18 ratings)
Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 79 ratings with 1 reviews)
If there was a game made in 1982 which was advanced for its time, it would be Taito's Jungle Hunt. Other coin-op games at that time presented the action in only one scene, whereas Jungle Hunt is split into multiple scenes. The plot is simple: you control an African explorer who is trying to rescue his girlfriend from some cannibals. All the action is split into four scenes.
In the first scene, you must safely travel from vine to vine without falling onto the ground or you lose a life. In the second, you need to swim through a crocodile-infested river and use your knife to kill crocs (you kill them only if they have their mouths closed) and occasionally going up to the surface for some air. Be careful not to get caught among the bubbles, as they might make you come in contact with a croc. In the third, you need to jump over boulders that come rolling down the hill at you. Finally, in the fourth, you must deal with the cannibals before they decide to eat your girl for dinner.
Once you do all this, you do it all over again, but this time with increased difficulty, as monkeys will go up and down the vines and will make you slip off if they touch you. Furthermore, some of the cannibals will throw spears at you and you need to avoid them. I got up to this difficulty, and I found it rather difficult going from vine to vine while the monkeys move up and down on them. It would have been good if they threw bananas at you, then you would have to move up and down.
Jungle Hunt can be played with two players. Furthermore, you can play at three levels: "Beginner", "Regular", and "Advanced". The difference is that in "Beginner" mode, you have six lives, while playing the "Advanced" level not only give you only three lives, but it allows you to bypass the first set of scenes. Jumping over boulders and the cannibals can be difficult, even with the easy difficulty setting. The difficulty setting cannot be selected in the coin-op version.
In the C64 version, this music, which was included in the coin-op version, including the "ritual music" from the final scene of the game, is missing.
The Bottom Line
Overall, the C64 version of Jungle Hunt remains close to the coin-op version. The only thing that is missing is the two pieces of music that I enjoyed listening to.
Commodore 64 · by Katakis | カタキス (43092) · 2004
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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Game added May 23, 1999. Last modified August 17, 2023.