Jungle Hunt (1983 - Atari 5200, reviewed by Cramulas)

Jungle Hunt was one of the first video games I remember playing. The game made no sense to me back then in '85/'86, and it still doesn’t. What the hell is going on in this game? Jesus Christ, why the hell am I reviewing this? Let me tell you why! There are cannibals. A 1983 video game has human eating cannibals. I didn’t know that back then and to be honest I just found out about it now. Psycho parents and idiot congressmen are going off about violence in video games these days. Why weren’t they doing so in ’83? You die in this game by falling into spikes and people eating you, boiling you alive. If I could get an Atari emulator to work properly, I’d play this game all day. I would beat the cannibals, and declare victory against them by urinating on their corpses. Then I would urinate on the congressmen.

Gameplay


Jungle Hunt is a side-scroller. Using the advanced Atari joystick, you control some Indiana Jones type guy across dangerous Jungle Terrain, and swimming through alligator infested waters. I believe the point of the game is to rescue your whore of a wife; she has been getting friendly with the locals and it has gotten her in trouble!

There are a variety of levels, including: Boulder Field, Cannibal Camp and Reptile River. Each level presents a few different challenges. In Boulder Field, you jump over rocks that are rolling down a hill you’re trying to climb up. You try to stab, yes STAB, crocodiles to death in Reptile River. Cannibals apparently like dancing, and you've got to find ways to get past them to save your whore of a woman. There are a few bonuses, like extra men and stuff so you can't go wrong.

Graphics


I counted about 7 colors. That’s pretty sweet, consider pong had only 2 colors (if you can call them that) back in the 70’s. Each character/monster design has about 10 pixels, so the detail is superior to games even today. Atleast the cannibals actually look demonic. The manual is pretty kick-ass, there's some sweet art in there, so I recommend checking it out.

Sound


Yeah….no. I personally wouldn’t buy the soundtrack if it was readily available. The jumping sound is cool. I could have gone for a screaming sound when you are captured by the cannibals and boiled alive in their sacred cauldron.

Presentation


There is a decent manual, available for a look-see below. Jungle Hunt man looks hilarious! The controls are decent, and the game is pretty challenging. There is a variety of things to do so it’s not all bad. I would have preferred more cannibals because I’m a sick twisted bastard who is into that stuff.

Closing Comments


Dust off that Atari system in the closet, find that cartridge and load her up. This game is a keeper; it could have been better but what can you expect from a system that ran on dust particles and cancerous radiation?

3/7 Yannis:




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