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Jungle King Game Play
The gameplay is split into four scenes, which have different objectives.
In Scene 1, the explorer is required to swing from vine to vine. This is accomplished by pressing the action key when two vines swing closely enough together. Timing is critical, and missing the vine causes the explorer to fall to the jungle floor, losing a life.
Scene 2 has the explorer navigating a crocodile-infested river. The explorer can attack the crocodiles from below with his knife, unless their mouths are open. The explorer must return to the surface periodically to breathe, where he cannot attack the crocodiles. Bubbles periodically rise from the bottom of the river, which can trap the explorer and carry him to the surface, potentially hitting crocodiles on the way.
Scene 3 involves the explorer dodging various-sized boulders rolling and bouncing towards him as he runs up the side of a volcano. Timing is critical as the differently sized boulders bounce at different speeds and heights, and the explorer can be trapped between them.
In the final scene, the explorer must evade cannibals while attempting to get to a woman being lowered into a flaming cauldron. After the player rescues the woman, the word “Congratulations!” appears, which is then followed by a message saying “I Love You!!!” followed by the woman kissing the explorer.
Further gameplay repeats the scenes with increased difficulty. On rounds other than the first, a cannibal appears in the tree of the cauldron scene and throws spears at the player.
Jungle Hunt changed names several times during development. The original prototypes were called Jungle Boy and later became Jungle King for release to the arcades. In these earlier versions the playable character was a bare-chested man with a loincloth who resembled Tarzan.
Taito were sued for copyright infringement for using the character’s likeness. This led to a rerelease as Jungle Hunt, with the following changes made to the game:
- The character was replaced with a jungle explorer wearing a pith helmet and safari outfit.
- In the first scene, ropes replace the vines as the objects that the player has to swing on.
- The Tarzan yell was removed and cannot be heard throughout the game. It was replaced by the music from the end of the second scene.
- Last Frame Clearing Bonus: Timer Remaining Fig x 3
- Lives: 3
- Bonus Points for Additional Jungle King/Hunter: 10,000 Points
- Year Display: On
Name: Jungle King
Type: Video Game