Play Jungle Hunt on Your Atari 8-Bit Computer (10-15 mins)

Task: Play Jungle Hunt on Your Atari 8-Bit Computer

Needed: 8-Bit Atari Computer or Emulator

Time: 10-15 minutes

Introduction

I had three favorite coin-op arcade games that routinely played back in the 1980s. My favorite was Joust. My next favorite was Donkey Kong followed by Jungle Hunt. I played plenty of other games, but always found myself returning to these three. I think part of my love for these games was that I was pretty good at all of them and could usually get more than a few minutes out of quarter. Fortunately, all three have great ports to the Atari 8-bit computers that are fun to play and with similar graphics. I have definitely spent many hours playing all three on my Atari 8-bits.

In Jungle Hunt you play a jungle explorer (aka Sir Dudley in the Atari version) that must make it through four different stages. The first involves a timing challenge of swinging from vine to vine. The second is a swimming challenge that involves avoiding alligators while not running out of air. The third is an uphill run that involves jumping over and ducking under boulders. If you survive all three you arrive at the final challenge of saving someone from cannibals. Saving the hostage starts the four screens over again with increased difficulty.

Jungle Hunt was programmed by Allen Merrell who also helped program Space Dungeon. I couldn’t find much about Mr. Merrell online.

Jungle Hunt on an Atari 800XL Computer
Jungle Hunt on an Atari 800XL Computer

Instructions

You can download the cartridge ROM from Atarimania to play on an emulator such as Altirra.

You can boot the ROM on your 8-bit computer using FujiNet or some other SD-card based device such as A8PicoCart I recently covered.

You can purchase loose Jungle Hunt cartridges on eBay for about $10 to $15.

You can also boot it from a virtual or real floppy disk. For example, the Homesoft collection of disk images includes it in Disk #6.

Comments

I still really like this game and can cruise through the first levels pretty easily.

Note that there is a much less appealing Atari 2600 version of the game. I rarely play this one.