Jackal (US version) by Konami

jackalusgamePublisher: Imagine
Developer: Imagine
Release Date: 1989
Code: Mike Hutchinson
GFX: Mike Hutchinson
Music: Mark Cooksey
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 62%
Completed by Brendan Phoenix & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
From where I’m sitting, Commodore 64 games by Konami seem to be a real hit and miss affair… you’ve got your faultless Hypersports (90% – ZZAP!64), and on the flip side you’ve got the horrendous Jail Break (30% – ZZAP! 64) – now there’s a piece of gaming cack if ever there was one! And what about the masterpiece that is Green Beret (93% – ZZAP! 64), and on the other side of the fence, the abysmal WEC Le Man (40% – ZZAP! 64). So you see, Konami games are never a guarantee for Commodore 64 gaming perfection…
And then there’s Jackal… where does that fit in? I’ll tell you: it fits in to the pile marked ‘REJECTS’! This game is a failed attempt at bringing a great arcade game to our beloved home computer. The game play is flat, and the movement is amateurish to say the least. This really is a let down for the Commodore 64 community.
I’m guessing that the ending is going to be cack too…
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Brendan found the US version was harder as he had no trainers – he just used loads of save states and battled his way through. I also played through, but I had a version that had trainers and just speeded up the game to 500% in an emulator and completed it in no time.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: You see the outpost blowing up and then a ‘CONGRATULATIONS’ appears on the screen.
Brendan: Defiantly longer than the Euro version and more arcade accurate. A rare example where the US version is better than the Euro counterpart. The ending is pretty much similar to the arcade ending where the compound blows up at the end, Then cuts to a congratulations / high score screen (this does not come up when you die normally). I would give it an extra 1 point than the UK version of Jackal for being arcade accurate. 3/10.
Vinny: Am I missing something here? I’m sure the endings are almost identical apart from the wording?! 2/10 from me.
Andrew Fisher: The hyenas are picking over the carcass of yet another poor ending…
Andy Vaisey: Jackal has jack-shit of an ending…
FINAL SAY: Straight onto the ‘REJECTS’ pile…

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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