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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 Atari 2600 The natives are restless!
Jungle Hunt Atari 2600 Swinging from vine to vine
Jungle Hunt Atari 2600 Watch out for alligators!
Jungle Hunt Atari 2600 Jumping over boulders

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Alternate Titles

  • "Jungle King" -- Earlier Japanese arcade title
  • "Caçaca na Selva" -- Brazilian title

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The Video Game Critic Jul 09, 2006 A 100
VideoGame Mar, 1992 9 out of 10 90
Tilt Sep, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Computer Games Nov, 1983 B+ 83
TeleMatch Jul, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Game Freaks 365 2006 7.7 out of 10 77
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Oct 31, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Oldies Rising Aug 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Retro Game Reviews Apr 18, 2016 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Aug, 1983 2 out of 4 50


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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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Servo (57398) added Jungle Hunt (Atari 2600) on Apr 02, 2003
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