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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 ColecoVision Title screen
Jungle Hunt Apple II Title screen
Jungle Hunt Atari 5200 Watch out for alligators!
Jungle Hunt VIC-20 The natives are restless!

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Alternate Titles

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

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An african explorer goes jungle-hunting for his girl Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (42055)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Jul 06, 2002 A 100
VideoGame Atari 2600 Mar, 1992 9 out of 10 90
Computer Games Atari 2600 Nov, 1983 B+ 83
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Apr 02, 2005 B+ 83
Tilt Atari 2600 Sep, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jul, 1983 2 out of 6 80
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 2006 7.7 out of 10 77
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 5200 Sep, 1983 3 out of 4 75
Oldies Rising Atari 2600 Aug 22, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Retro Game Reviews ColecoVision Dec 14, 2015 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70


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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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