This is one of those
games that I have very fond memories of. You can see a story
that I wrote about it back in a very old issue of Retrogaming
Times (issue #5
to be exact). And I cannot believe that I have not done a
proper review of this game (I did a really lame review of it
back in issue #5 of RT, but it was my first MAME reviews, so I
was just getting my feet wet). So here it goes, a real review
of the first and only real version of this game, at least to me.
When you start
playing this game, you will soon realize why there was a
lawsuit. The looks and sounds are just like Tarzan. If they
had him yelling something like "I am going for you dear"
instead of doing the Tarzan yelp, they may have had a chance in
court. Even my kids thought it was Tarzan and they had little
exposure to the king of the jungle.
consists of four mini games, each one different. This was quite
a feat back in the early days of video games. Most games
consisted of one screen, let alone three scrolling levels and a
different ending level. I applaud the developers of the game as
they really did a good job capturing the feel of Tarzan. You
have swinging on vines, fighting crocodiles and saving Jane from
natives. Don't really remember Tarzan jumping over boulders,
but guess it was easier to do then have him jump over animals or
level has you swinging from vine to vine. Once you get the hang
of it, it is quite easy. At least it is on the first level. On
the second level, they add monkeys that can be a real pain. The
best advice I can give you for playing this game is to remember
that the is a bunch of extra time on the timer. You would need
to really be slow to not make it in time. And you do not get
any bonus for finishing with time left. So whether you have one
second or a hundred seconds left, it does not matter. So take
your time and you will do fine with the vines.
level is a bit trickier. While you can kill the crocodiles with
your knife, you can only do it when their mouths are not open.
If their mouth is wide open, you will get bit. Best to hold
back and wait for them to go through the animation and open
their mouth and then attack. You can avoid them, but keep an
eye on your air. Once you get close to running out of air, you
better surface and fill it back up. It will not look good in
the obituary section to see that Tarzan...err I mean the Jungle
King died by drowning. Not exactly a valiant way to die. At
least let a croc kill you. It may mean that you have to have a
closed casket funeral, but at least it will more manly. Also
watch out for the bubbles as they can immobilize you for a few
moments and that is all the crocs need.
level has you jumping over rocks that are rolling down a hill.
They are red and give me the impression that they are from a
volcano or something. But at the end you jump on top of the
last one and do the Tarzan yell. Of course he could be yelling
because he just found out that the rock is burning hot and he is
cooking the soles of his feet. This level is pretty straight
forward. You need to time your jumps, but that is pretty easy
to do. If you see a very large boulder, just run underneath
it. It is only hard if you hesitate. Keep moving and you
should blow right through it.
The last level
has you avoiding two natives and trying to save your wife or
girlfriend (not sure if Tarzan ever married Jane) before she
becomes the main course. All you have to do is jump over them
and jump on her. The only trick is to wait for Jane to get low
enough that you hit her and not miss. Of course some people at
the arcades used to time their jumps for some rather interesting
poses. I remember the snickering that went on at this game and
it was easy to realize why Namco renamed Pac-man when they
brought it over here. Again, it is patience that is needed. If
you wait for the natives to come together and then part, you can
easily jump between them. Just look out for the spears that
they occasionally jut upward. I almost never get hit by them,
but instead die from missing the girl and ending up in the pot.
thing I found about this game is how the Jungle King's hair
would change colors from one level to the next. The man went
through more hair colors than Madonna. Made me wonder what was
going on? Don't believe me, take a look at the many shades of
the Jungle King's mane.
with traditional black hair)
in bleach as his hair goes blonde)
the fire red hair. Maybe it is the dust from the rocks)
goes punk purple. Too cool!)
ending has him as a brunette.)
I joke about
his tresses, but the game is solid. It is fun and a really cool
game. While Jungle Hunt is the same game, the thought of
swinging around as some old explorer in a pith helmet just is
not the same. Oh well, at least with MAME we can play the
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want
to check out ebay. Click below to see if you can find this