Jack the Nipper
|Jack the Nipper|
Jack the Nipper is a video game by Gremlin Graphics released in 1986 for several home computer systems. It was followed by a sequel, Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers. The character is loosely based on the British comic strip character, Sweeny Toddler.
Jack the Nipper is a side-view flip screen game with puzzle solving and platform elements. The graphics are rendered in 2D, but an illusion of depth is achieved by allowing characters to move forward and back within the playing area.
The player controls Jack, a naughty child who wants to break the record for naughtiness (recorded on the "naughtyometer"). He needs to carry out various wicked pranks on the unsuspecting inhabitants of his town, but if he comes into contact by angry adults he will be spanked. With each spanking his "nappy rash" meter increases, and if it grows too high Jack loses a life. Contact with the monsters and ghosts which inhabit the town will also increase the nappy rash.
- Sinclair User:
"Jack the Nipper is played in a Wallyish style reminiscent of Pyjamarama, running wild through the village, searching houses, shops and gardens for objects you can use to create havoc elsewhere... wonderful "Beano"-type characters - old ladies wielding handbags, monkey-faced policemen and mad scientists. And somehow ghosts and the odd Space Invader have crept in to act a further hazards ... it's so tempting when you come across a well-tended garden and you just happen to have a bottle of weed killer ... And then there's the tin of glue and the false teeth factory..."
- Jack the Nipper Review, Sinclair User, August 1986
- "Readers' Top 100 Games of All Time". Your Sinclair. September 1993.