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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 grenades (upgradeable 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.

The NES version is not a straight port of the original Arcade game, but rather a remake. The Arcade version is a continuous battlefield, but the NES version is divided into 6 stages with a boss fight at the end of each stage. Also, enemy and hazard placements are quite different between versions.


Jackal NES Title Screen (US)
Jackal ZX Spectrum Main menu
Jackal DOS Game over...I didn't make it too far (CGA)
Jackal NES Destroy enemy boat!

Promo Images

Jackal Magazine Advertisement
Jackal Magazine Advertisement
Jackal Magazine Advertisement Inside Back Cover

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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User Reviews

Tank you very much NES Sam Vicchrilli (17)
Hop in the Humvee and blow stuff up!! NES ceibant (12)
Bombs Away! NES Robert C (7)

Critic Reviews

NES Archives NES Feb 26, 2008 B+ 83
Retro Game Reviews NES Aug 29, 2017 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Retroage NES Nov 06, 2010 8 out of 10 80
8-bit Central Retro Gaming NES 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quebec Gamers NES Mar 04, 2007 7.4 out of 10 74
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Retro Game Age NES Sep 28, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Deeko NES 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1988 4 out of 10 40
Power Play Amstrad CPC Dec, 1987 1 out of 10 10


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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.
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