Codex Gamicus

Jungle Hunt is an arcade game released in 1982. It was originally called Jungle King, but a lawsuit by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate (who holds the copyrights to the Tarzan character) forced Taito to change the game and the game's name, replacing the bare-chested Tarzan-type character with a jungle explorer wearing a pith helmet and a safari outfit. It was ported to the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, and home computers.


The player controls a jungle explorer who must swing across vines in the forest, swim through a crocodile-infested river, jump and duck rocks while climbing a hill and rescue his woman from a pair of barbaric cannibals.

The game has four screens: a forest of swinging vines, a river of crocodiles, a hill of falling rocks and a camp where two native African warriors dance around striking their spears up and down where our hero's woman dangles above a boiling cauldron.

On the first level, the player presses the fire button to make the jungle explorer character jump from vine to vine. Since the jump range is limited, you will need to wait until the time is right before leaping towards the next vine. Avoid the monkeys who can knock the player character from the vine.

On the second level, use the joystick to move the jungle explorer around the screen in order to avoid the hungry crocodiles. Press the fire button to stab the enemies with the knife, but only when their mouths are partly or fully closed. Avoid the ascending air bubbles as these will trap your character and inevitably drag you into an approaching crocodile. Be sure to return to the surface periodically so the jungle explorer can catch a quick breath, otherwise he will drown.

For the third level, push the joystick left or right to have the jungle explorer run either slower or faster. Press the fire button to jump over the small rocks. To avoid the larger boulders, you must either jump, run or duck by pulling down on the joystick.

On the fourth level, the jungle explorer must jump over and between the natives while their spears are down. After that, the jungle explorer must jump toward the woman when she has been lowered enough for him to reach her. This becomes more difficult as the levels progress since another native later appears on the tree nearby throwing spears directly at the player character(one at a time).

After the woman has been rescued, it says "Congratulations!" and then a cute intermission plays featuring the jungle explorer and his woman together along with a message saying "I Love You!" followed by the woman kissing the jungle explorer. Afterwards, the levels begin again, but with an increased difficulty.


The Atari 2600 versions of both this game and Kangaroo were used in an ad promotion for an "Atari Safari" contest held by Atari in 1983.