CJ in the USA

• Publisher: Codemasters
• Developer:
Release Date: 1991
Code: Dave Clarke
GFX: Jonathan Smythe
Music: Ashley Hogg

Our Game Rating: 87%





> CJ IN THE USA by Codemasters

Completed by Inge Pedersen
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Codemasters - I love you. Well at least I used to back in the glorious days of the Commodore 64. They produced some really great budget titles, and CJ elephant was one of them. Originally appearing in CJ Elephant Antics (see the ending here), out intrepid hero then makes a dash for the States to take on good old Uncle Sam. So with the original game ending only receiving a score of 5/10, does CJ in the USA rise to the challenge?

Final screen just before the end sequence.

Collect the map and the game is completed!

Congratulations! Is that it?!

No it isn't. Check this out :)

"come on buddies!"


There they all go.

Into the skies.


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Well, seeing that Inge is a great hacker, I think he cheated on this one and played through with infinite lives and bombs :) Which actually, is still a great challenge and fun too.

UPDATE>> Since adding this ending to the page, I have coded a crazy hack that houses 20 extra in-game features - one of them being jumping straight to the game ending. You can download the crazy hack from the DOWNLOAD area above.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once CJ has floored the Dreaded Hunter, he is presented with a map that needs to be collected to start off the end sequence.

The end sequence starts with a 'congratulations' screen (see 3rd screenshot above), which I thought was the end! An ending tune plays away in the background, and then the screen changes to reveal a space shuttle being boarded by CJ and all his buddies. The ship starts to tremble and then takes off. The final message reads: "UNTIL NEXT TIME....."


  • Vinny: What can I say? I am truly amazed that this game has such a great ending, which is full of animation, story line and some nice ending sonix. It really is a delight to watch and certainly gives the game player a feeling of satisfaction. Probably just missing the sound effects of the shuttle...

  • Brendan Phoenix: Surprised - great ending for a budget game and Codemasters do not have a great track record for fantastic endings. Nice little ditty and nice animation of the little elephants jumping into the shuttle 9/10 seems a good enough score for me.

  • Inge Pedersen: I only used infinite lives on this one. At some points, it was hard to play (me being no l33t gamer), so the ending was indeed very satisfying. Maybe I think it nearer to a 7 than an 8, but that's just some minor details.

  • Andrew Fisher: The ending was setting up the next game in the series, CJ In Space. Unfortunately it was never finished. The CJ "engine" was then used to make DJ Puff's Volcanic Capers and Stuntman Seymour.

  • Retrovertigo: Definitely surprising, loved the first game and really sorry I never played the second now. :)

  • Matt Rogers: Cute little game and a decent ending! I was seriously fair-weather by '91, so missed all these games...shame.

  • Frank Gasking: Excellent ending - now wondering if CJ In Space actually ever got started!

FINAL SAY: A shock! Well worth the score :)

G.E. RATING: 9 / 10

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