Jack & The Beanstalk by Thor


jack_and_the_beanstalk_01Publisher: Thor
Developer: Thor
Release Date: 1984
Code: Robert Tinman
GFX: Robert Tinman
Music: Fred Gray
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating:
91%
Completed by Brendan (Fiery) Phoenix (Assisted by Inge Pedersen) & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to Download my Crazy Hack file
If ever you wondered which game got me into Commodore 64 game endings, it was this one. Way back in 1984 I was introduced to this game by an old friend of mine who didn’t particularly have a good sense of what games were good and what games were bad on the Commodore 64. Most of his collection consisted of second rate titles that never  even made it into the top 100 of the Gallup Charts. But for some reason, he had this little game in his collection that just seemed to stand out and demand my attention. I really felt the need to complete this game to see exactly what the programmers had set in place for anyone who dared complete the challenge. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the challenge remained forever unbeatable … until now!
A million thanks goes to Brendan (with a little help from Inge) for completing this game and bringing a 24 year challenge to its conclusion …
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Jack gets his chopper out (Oo-er, Missus)
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Go on my son!
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“Run for your lives!”
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Here comes the Giant …
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“Hold on to your hats!”
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Ding-dong the Wicked Giant is dead 🙂
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The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Brendan: Brendan is adamant that he completed this one without the aid of any cheats, but with a little help from Inge Pedersen (another C64endings Regular).
Vinny Mainolfi: On the other hand, I created a crazy hack for this game that has 36 extra in-game features; one of them being the game ending. You can download the crazy hack from the link area above.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Jack’s adventure is almost done as he races over to the bottom of the beanstalk and starts hacking away at it with an axe (steady on, lad). Finally, the beanstalk gives way and the Giant falls to earth with an almighty thud.
COMMENTS:
Vinny: Maybe my description above doesn’t give the ending any justice, but it really is a cool little ending for such an old game. The programmer, Robert Tinman, was definitely making a conscious effort to give the game player some kind of reward for completing the game. I think he achieved this and more.
Andy Vaisey: Hardly top draw stuff, but considering the age of the game, a nice little ending! Certainly makes a mockery of games released years after. Fair enough, maybe some ‘newer’ games packed in more sound, graphics, gameplay and variety, but some in games which should have had a better ending, I’m thinking I would have gladly traded in smaller levels, an extra soundtrack, some GFX or whatever just to have a more satisfying ending… maybe that’s just me?
Andrew Fisher: Can’t say I’ve ever played the game, but it’s a nice little ending – especially given the 1984 release date.
Brendan Phoenix: Awesome little game – remember getting this out at the local library and being stuck on it. Remember it the screen with the Giant sleeping that I couldn’t complete and Inge managed to do it. There were no trainers on my version – just a lot of save states. It’s more of a memory game – remembering the correct path to use. The ending is great – no bones about it – lovely little animated ending, especially for it’s time. Beats the pants off a lot of game endings that came much much later. Just nice to see that someone spent their time coding a nice ending. Loved playing this game so much I played (and completed) the other 2 titles in the ‘Jack’ trilogy (The House Jack Built & Giant’s Revenge) straight after! The House Jack Built is the best game out of the 3 – well worth a play.
FINAL SAY: One of the best endings we’ve seen for such an early game.

G.E. RATING: 7 / 10

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