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Konami Ltd
Arcade: Shoot-em-up
ZX Spectrum 48K
Alkatraz Protection System

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Peter Connor
Chris Bourne

Konami koin-op konversion.

Two years too late is the initial feeling you get upon playing Konami's latest conversion; the game is basically the old Commando/Rambo idea in a jeep.

The plot is perfunctory, you land behind enemy lines in order to rescue your captured troops. You get a jeep which can fire either a machine gun or missiles. When you collect men you then go to a heli-pad so that they can be picked up by a chopper.

As you'd expect, the territory is infested with enemy troops and defences. Soldiers troll around with guns and grenades; pillboxes with rotating guns are all over the place; tanks are plentiful. It's a question of blasting all and sundry in order to survive.

Jackals playing area occupies only about half of the screen, and your jeep isn't even centred inside it, so that when you get to the edge of the area you're quite likely to get blasted by a gun-emplacement you couldn't see. Furthermore, the range of most of your weapons is such that you have to get dangerously close to things to shoot them.

As well as the unsatisfactory gameplay, Jackal also suffers from oddities in the presentation in particular, the packaging might lead you to think that there were elements of choosing characters with different capabilities or weapons; no such luck. You get what you're given - the jeep - and have to make do with it.

Reviewer: Peter Connor

C64/128, £8.95cs, £14.95dk, Imminent
Spec, £7.95cs, Out Now
Ams, £8.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 60/100
1 hour: 50/100
1 day: 40/100
1 week: 35/100
1 month: 30/100
1 year: 15/100

Even for a coin-op conversion this has little in the way of long-term involvement. Sadly, it doesn't have much in the short term either.


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As you'd expect from the scenario, there's nothing too intellectually demanding in Jackal. Graphics are rather poor by current standards; enemy soldiers are tiny and unconvincing stick figures, while backgrounds are standard issue stuff. The merely average sound does nothing to soup up the fun.


The CPC Jackal is worse than the Spectrum in every respect; graphics are even more rudimentary, with miserable-looking soldiers you wouldn't really want to recruit if you were running your own army. Sound is very weak and it certainly wont tax your mind any more than on the Speccy

Graphics: 4/10

Audio: 4/10

IQ Factor: 1/10

Fun Factor: 5/10

Ace Rating: 450/1000

Predicted Interest Curve

1 min: 50/100

1 hour: 55/100

1 day: 40/100

1 week: 35/100

1 month: 30/100

1 year: 10/100

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Spectrum version: Blast the gun, blast the tanks, blast the soldiers.