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According to African legend, a human baby was abandoned in the forest. Found and brought up by a she-ape named Kala, he grew to learn the ways of the jungle and the language of the beasts. Years later, as John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, he was brought back to England to claim his rightful inheritance. However, he occasionally returns to the wild to become Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.

Now is one of those occasions. Tarzan has returned to the jungle with his wife, Lady Jane Greystoke, but their holiday came to an end when Usanga, evil chief of the Wamabo, kidnaps Jane to force Tarzan into retrieving the seven gemstones that were stolen from his tribal shrine. These gemstones are believed to be the Eyes of the Rainbow, representing each color of the spectrum. Tarzan has been given three days to find the gemstones, otherwise Jane will be eaten by the tribal pet, Sheeta the Panther.

After consulting his information sources, Tarzan learns that the Eyes of the Rainbow have been scattered around the dense jungle by a family of pesky chimps. Tarzan's quest involves navigating dark caves, crevasses, swamps, and treacherous quicksand.

Objects, such as the rope and torch, need to be found if Tarzan wants to find each gemstone. Throughout the quest, hazards such asheadhunters, lions, snakes, spiders, quicksands, and pits are encountered. If Tarzan comes into contact with any of these hazards, he becomes stunned for an hour and the on-screen timer shrinks accordingly. Fortunately, he can punch creatures, allowing him to escape them.

If Tarzan manages to find all seven gemstones within the time limit and deliver them to Usanga, Jane will be released. If not, she will become nothing more than another bowl of jungle soup.


Tarzan Commodore 64 Look out for the pit
Tarzan ZX Spectrum Loading Screen
Tarzan Commodore 64 "I know, I use my rope to swing across
Tarzan Commodore 64 Somersaulting over the pit

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 8 out of 12 67
Tilt ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 13 out of 20 65
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 50 out of 100 50
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Apr, 1990 45 out of 100 45
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1987 38 out of 100 38


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