Jack the Nipper

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Jack the Nipper
Jack the Nipper Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Gremlin Graphics
Publisher(s) Gremlin Graphics
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, MSX
Release date(s) 1986
Genre(s) Puzzle, Platform
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Cassette

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.


Review scores
Publication Score
Computer and Video Games 31/40[4]
Crash 93%[2]
Sinclair User 5/5 stars[3]
Your Sinclair 9/10[1]
Computer Gamer 15/20[5]
ACE 5/5 stars[6]
Publication Award
C+VG Game of the Month

The game went to number 2 in the UK sales charts, behind Ghosts'n'Goblins.[7]

  • 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..."[8]

ZX Computing praised the graphics.[9] The Spectrum version was voted number 40 in the Your Sinclair Readers' Top 100 Games of All Time.[10]

Comic strip[edit]

Starting in April 1987, Your Sinclair magazine published a monthly comic strip based on the character.[11]


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