Jungle Quest

• Publisher: Solar Software
• Developer:
Solar Software
Release Date: 1984
Code: Jim Baguley

GFX: Jim Baguley
Music: Jim Baguley

Our Game Rating: 82%


FILE: junglequestend.zip


> JUNGLE QUEST by Solar Software

• Completed by Inge Pedersen and Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Solar Software is one of those software houses that really takes me back to the early days of Commodore 64 gaming. I never really purchased any of their releases back in the day because I was always a little suspect of their tape inlays designs. I don't really know why I felt that way because looking at them now, they look quite decent - and retro!

Jungle Quest by Solar Software is a playful arcade game with colourful graphics, moderate sprites and some suspect tunes - 'By the Rivers of Babylon' is one of them! I hadn't played this game until Inge sent in the ending, and I must say, it's actually fun to play! Okay - so it's old and past it's sell by date, but there is something about it that pulls me in and urges me to have just 'one more go'. As well as being a fun game, it also has a surprisingly good ending...

Yer man jumps into the pot...

...and saves the day!

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Inge is the King of game hacking, and he hacked his way to the end :-)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Strange one this because the last thing our hero seems to do is jump into a boiling pot! I think it's supposed to be that our hero save his maiden in distress by pouncing one her - but it doesn't seem that way. Anyway, when the final level is completed, we see a picture of our two lovers placed within a heart-shape and the ending message: "CONGRATULATIONS" is displayed, along with the Cliff Richard tune, 'Congratulations'.


  • Inge: This game is from 1984 and has a surprisingly good ending for its time. I've included the title screen, and a capture of the last screen in the game.

    As this is a real old school (almost ancient), it has separate code for each screen, meaning I had to fix the sprite-collision several times. And on the last screen I had to turn it ON to get the ending ;-)
  • Brendan: Jungle Quest has quite a nice end screen a short ditty of 'congratulations' better than what I expected from these early games. One of those old games which were a straight copy of an arcade game, but with a different title - how did they get away with it?

    The game is identical to Jungle King by Taito - even down to the ending.

    Having said that - this is a pretty good end for an old game - 4/10.
  • Vinny: I totally agree with Brendan - a nice ending from such an old game. 4/10 from me too. Thinking about it, I wonder if Solar Software had to pay out royalties for using 'By the Rivers of Babylon' by Boney M, and 'Congratulations' by Cliff Richards?
  • Gaz Spence: Vinny, I liked your comment about whether Solar Software had to pay out royalties on the tunes. Surely it was more a case of the artists having to pay Solar Software :D

    Anyway, yes Solar Software did a few minor classics in the early years of the C64 although I suppose this one's best known for the outrageous cover.

    The ending is fair - certainly above average for the time.
  • Andrew Fisher: It's unlikely they paid royalties on the music, things were a lot more lax then (shortly afterwards there was Theatre Europe that licensed a tune properly, and the Chiller/Thriller controversy)

    Don't think I've ever played this one, but I am a fan of Jungle King... nice ending for the time.
  • Andy Vaisey: I've never played this, but for it's age I'm actually quite impressed! In the same vein, the rather basic looking GFX are actually pretty cool - if only artists from that early era had 'discovered' anti-aliasing, then some of these older games would look really nice! Same goes for the ending screen - nice, in a limited kind of way.

FINAL SAY: Good for its age.

G.E. RATING: 4 / 10

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