Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade
Author : Dennis Ibbotson
Standalone Release(s) : 1984: JUNGLE JIVE, Virgin Games, £1.99
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron Side A, BBC Side B
Actual compatibility : As stated
Supplier : VIRGIN GAMES, 61/63 Portobello Road, LONDON W11 3DD
Disc compatibility : CDFS E00, DFS E00
"You need skill and speed, just to stay alive!"
You're strolling through the jungle when you realise that you're not alone! Wild animals are closing in from both sides.
Fortunately you have a rifle with you (handy that!) and you must aim with speed and precision. But beware of shooting the baboons who must survive so that you can survive - nevertheless they are stil as dangerous as all the other animals including the pink elephants and green crocodiles.
Watch out for the slithering snake though, because he dashes about at random. And the heat can play tricks on your mind and some animals just seem to disappear or do they? Apart from the animals, screen after screen of them, getting faster and faster, you must be careful not to shoot yourself! A careless ricochet will mean the end of your safari.
Z - Shoot Left, X - Shoot Right, * - Run Up, ? - Run Down
Instructions' Source : JUNGLE JIVE (Virgin Games) Back and Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
In a time when the big game hunter is thankfully a thing of the past, JUNGLE JIVE lets you release you aggressive instincts without spilling blood. It brings all the excitement of a jungle safari onto your TV screen.
You control a little man who waddles up and down the centre of the screen. The idea is that you blast away at the animals who are closing in on you to your left and right. You get points for each one you hit although I pretend they're just tranquillising darts.
As you're getting yourself a life ban from the RSPCA, avoid the slithering snake who dashes about at random trying to avenge all those departed elephants, crocodiles, lions and birds. Whatever you do, don't shoot the cute little baboons which line your path. They protect you and you'd better protect them or else you're finished. And don't try to shoot the blue hippo. Bullets bounce off him.
You start off with the usual three lives, gaining bonus lives as your point score mounts. You lose them as you bump into things and things bump into you.
It's a nice action game that promises fun for all the family - once you've settled the arguments over who's going next.
Keith Young, ELECTRON USER 2. 3