Atari 2600 Friday’s #35 – Jungle Hunt
Can you survive the jungle?
The Story: Sir Dudley Dashly’s wife Penelope has been kidnapped! Venture into the Jungle to Save Tea Time!
From the Manual: “Let me introduce myself: Sir Dudley Dashly is the name, and big-game hunting is my game. It was, anyway, until yesterday afternoon at 4:00 (teatime, you know) when my wife, Lady Penelope Dashly (Lady P. for short) was kidnapped from camp. It simply ruined my whole tea service! Seems that a couple of savages saw Lady P. and decided to cook her up for their own tea!
Soon after Penelope was captured, the jungle drums started beating. My porters translated the message – they tell me it’s some sort of jungle memo:
TO: THE CANNIBAL COMMUNITY
FROM: THE CANNIBAL RESTAURANT SOCIETY
WE HAVE A SPECIAL ON TODAY’S MENU! OUR SOUP DU JOUR IS ENGLISHWOMAN BROTH, MADE FRESH TODAY AND SERVED PROMPTLY AT 4:00. DON’T MISS THIS SPECIAL TEATIME TREAT, BROUGHT OVERSEAS FROM THE WILDS OF ENGLAND!
DIRECTIONS TO TODAYS MEAL ARE AS FOLLOWS: TAKE ELEVEN VINES THROUGH THE DEADLY FOREST, TURN RIGHT INTO THE REPTILE RIVER, GO PAST FOURTEEN CROCODILES AND EMERGE ON THE DGE OF THE BOULDER FIELD. RUN THROUGH THE BOULDER FIELD UNTIL YOU REACH THE CANNIBAL CAMP. JUMP PAST THE TWO GUARDS , TURN LEFT, AND … YOU’RE THERE! BON APPETIT!”
From the Box: “Swing into action with one of the most popular arcade hits ever – Jungle Hunt! Realistic graphics place you deep in the jungle as you swing from vine to vine, fight off man-eating crocodiles, dodge bouncing boulders, and save your sweetie from the masked cannibals!”
The Game Play: So Dudley had to venture into the Jungle to save Penelope. This means you have to venture through 4 obstacles: the Forest of Vines, The Crocodile River, a Boulder Landslide, and 2 Cannibals with spears. You are given 5 lives with a new one every 10,000 points. When you start, you are given 500 seconds to reach Penelope, a counter on screen ticks down the time. In the Vine Forest you have to swing across vines like George of the Jungle, don’t worry there are no trees to hit. In the river you have to either swim away from the crocodiles or fend them off with a knife, you can’t hurt them when their mouth is open. In a canyon or somewhere you have to dodge 2 sizes of boulders by jumping over them, running under them or ducking beneath them. In the cannibals camp you have to avoid the spears and make it safely to Penelope. Once you save Penelope you go back to the beginning for an even harder trip. You keep playing until you run out of lives or time. You get bonus points for each rescue of Penelope.
The Controls: Up/Down/Left/Right movement. Red button stabs crocodiles, jump over boulders/cannibals.
Post Review: Pretty easy game for the most part. it could be more of a who can rack up the most points challenge between friends. Only things of note not covered by the manual are that in the river, you can’t see it, but there is a surface about halfway up the screen, anywhere else you are diving and lose oxygen, just go to the surface to replenish. Also, it takes a little practice to jump the large boulders and cannibals since Dudley just barely clears them. Otherwise go have fun in the jungle.
The High Score: 15360, The Penelope bonus points were about 10,000 of this actually, so looping the game for those bonus points as fast as possible could easily rack up the score.