Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade
Author : John Niblett
Standalone Release(s) : 1986: JACK ATTACK, Bug Byte, £1.99
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron Side A, BBC Side B
Actual compatibility : As stated
Supplier : BUG BYTE, Liberty House, 222 Regent Street, LONDON W1R 7DB
Tel: 01/439 0666
Disc compatibility : CDFS E00, DFS E00
"Climb the beanstalk, find the keys and rescue your hearthrob Jill and you will have two minutes to reach freedom. A great arcade adventure, 45 screens of action by John Niblett."
The story so far...your job is to rescue Jill by finding the key to her cell. You will have to explore the beanstalk, the castle and the gardens. Of course, the paths are closed by doors and only the right colour keys will open the way through. You'll have to collect all the fruits and bits and pieces on the way and finally when you've found THE key you will wake up that old meany, the Giant. He's down on you like a ton of bricks and you will only have two minutes to race back through the
castle and out to freedom. Some of the bits and pieces are helpful and others are best avoided...the best of luck and don't get in front of the lorry...The author of this brill game is John Niblett so don't blame us, it's his fault!!
Z - Left, X - Right, : - Up, / - Down, <RETURN> - Jump
Instructions' Source : JACK ATTACK (Bug Byte) Back and Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
Once upon a time there was a young man named Jack who had a beautiful girlfriend called Jill - until the local giant incarcerated her in his castle. Being a brave sort of chap, Jack decided to enter the castle to attempt a rescue.
The castle takes the form a 45-screen maze which you must negotiate in order to find the key which will unlock Jill's dungeon. Different areas are sealed off by coloured doors. These are unlocked by coloured keys which are to be found around the castle.
I don't know if the giant is a greengrocer in his spare time but the castle is littered with fruit. Every one must be collected before you are allowed to free Jill.
As soon as you have released your beloved, the giant will awaken. You must therefore escape from the castle within the next two minutes. The 45 screens do not need to be completed in sequence, and you are free to wander from place to place as you seek the next key.
Each screen is big, colourful and normally patrolled by a nicely detailed bad guy. There are also secret passages which can take you from one section to another without the need for a key.
I found JACK ATTACK a well written, fun to play and sensibly priced program.
Graphics ........................ 7
Playability ..................... 8
Value for money ................. 8
Overall ......................... 8
James Riddell, ELECTRON USER 3.10