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Sharks Don't Get Revenge. Why Does This Game? Guy Chapman (1997) 1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars
I'd rather get crushed by Jaws' teeth than see this game ever again! Arejarn (6748) 0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars0.5 Stars
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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.3
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Overall User Score (32 votes) 2.2

Critic Reviews

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Retro Game Reviews (Jan 07, 2016)
Jaws gets a bit of a bad rap on the Internet but I found it to be a real guilty pleasure that harkens back to classic shooters of the early 1980s. While the gameplay is undoubtedly repetitive the action is enjoyable and overall it's perfect if you're looking for a quick Arcade style game to play.
The game is competently made and is structured fine, but it is fairly short and pretty repetitive. It won’t enrapture, but it works for a quick, fishy experience.
Jaws has loose ties to the film, but it's also a hard film to develop a game around. Although you do get to mow down the shark in your boat. Alas, you'll need a lot of patience to progress to that stage. You may rather watch the film followed by Sharktopus!
50 (Jun, 2012)
I’m thankful LJN had the decency to throw in the ability to upgrade your weapons. Otherwise the game would take five minutes to beat. Jaws isn’t a good game, but it’s not the travesty most people make it out to be.
NES Player (2001)
All in all, Jaws isn't nearly as bad or good as it could've been, and comes off as just a mediocre game. Not much else to say really.
Overall, there isn't much to do in this game and what there is to do can be fun initially but quickly grows tiresome. The best part of the game is traveling back and forth to ports, because at least you feel like you are making a little progress, since wearing down Jaws is pretty meaningless until you obtain a few strobes.
NES Archives (Jul 20, 2001)
This game is far from awful but it only supplies limited enjoyment. It's fairly fun and easy to beat. If you're looking for a game to give you hours of enjoyment, look elsewhere. If you just wanna whoop up on Jaws in 15 minutes or so then buy it. I imagine it's cheap.
40 (Feb 09, 2018)
I can see the kernel of a decent game here. Emphasis on decent. But at the end of the day Jaws wasn’t worth bothering with back in the day and especially not now. How this game ever became so popular will forever remain a mystery to me. Jaws is one of the worst games in the NES library. There are plenty of other games that will allow you to kill sharks if you are really into that sort of thing.
The problem I have with this game NOW is that it’s just plain dull. It takes way too long to build up enough power to take on Jaws and by that time you won’t be interested anymore. Every time your diver is killed by a lucky jellyfish your power level goes back to the bottom, which is like starting over. During this long quest you are forced to listen to a terrible droning tune. No option to turn it off. Come to think of it, there are no options for anything at all. I wouldn’t rate Jaws lower than the ocean’s floor, but it’s definitely sleeping with the fishes in my collection.
The goal is to collect enough conch shells (which increase the effectiveness of your attacks) to eventually defeat the shark. But by the time you reach the final anti-climactic scene, you'll be so tired that you won't care if you kill Jaws or not. You'll just be glad the game's almost over.
Far more pointless and far less noble, JAWS is a despicable translation of the classic film to a boring and repetitive video game experience. Instead of that feeling, that struggle, that terrorizing menace that must be stopped, you get to play as a snooty goon who chucks stuff that looks like common grains and vegetables at random fish.
Just Games Retro (May 17, 2006)
Jaws isn't a bad idea for a video game villain. He's big, he's tough, and he likes to eat people, which is always a plus. Even the idea of hunting him through the deep expanse of the ocean sounds like the potential for good gaming. The problem is that this hunt is the entire game, resulting in a short arcade-like challenge that is artificially drawn out by an increasingly ridiculous difficulty level.
The Video Game Critic (Sep 24, 2004)
The most annoying aspect of this game is how it constantly kicks you back to that damn diver screen, especially as you're just about to reach a port. A bonus stage lets you drop bombs on jellyfish from a plane flying over the water, offering a nice change of pace. Jaws might hook you for a little while, but extended play will have you wondering if this game is really worth your time.
Wizard Dojo (Mar 12, 2017)
While the LJN catalogue may feature far more abysmal experiences, JAWS is a game that’s still swimming in all-too shallow of waters.
Lens of Truth (Jul 23, 2009)
Obviously there was no QC back then or we would have never seen this game. Jaws is a disgrace to gaming and should have never reached store shelves. When a game can be finished in under twenty minutes there is a serious problem. From the disgraceful concept, to the fact that your diver shoots arrows from his eyes, Jaws is the benchmark for bad games. Even a diehard Jaws fan like myself couldn’t find a glimmer of hope in this one. The only thing that puzzles me is that I owned the game along with three of my friends. This one is for the chum bucket.
The graphics, animations and game play in Jaws are all first rate. If this is any indication of what LJN can produce in the videogame theater, they should, forget about the wrestling dolls and buckle down to full-time game design immediately!