North American arcade flyer from Stern
|Release date(s)||1981 (Arcade)|
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players, alternating turns|
|CPU||Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)|
|Sound||Sound CPU : Z80
Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), (6x) RC (@ 1.789772 Mhz)
|Display||Raster, 224 x 288 pixels, 96 colors|
Jungler is a maze-based arcade game developed by Konami in 1981. Distributed by Stern in the United States beginning in 1982, the game has players controlling a multi-segmented creature attempting to destroy similar enemy creatures by either shooting them or eating them.
In Jungler, the player controls a white, multi-segmented animal inside a blue maze. Also inside the maze are three enemy creatures similar to that of the player. The object of the game is to eliminate the enemy creatures before one of them eliminates the player. When all three enemies are defeated, the player advances to the next maze.
The enemy creatures appear in one of three colors: red, yellow or green. Red creatures are longer in length than the player, and as such a collision with the creature will cost the player one life. Yellow creatures are the same length as the player, thus posing no harm upon a collision. Green creatures are shorter than the player, and will be devoured by the player's creature if they collide. The player can shoot at the creatures, with each hit reducing the number of segments by one. As segments are removed, the creatures are able to move faster, thus making them harder to catch and eliminate.
Points are scored for shooting the creatures, as well as for collecting pieces of fruit that appear in the maze at random locations. These fruits will also add an extra segment to the player's creature.
Jungler was ported by Emerson for its Arcadia 2001 gaming console in 1982. A clone version of the game, known as Serpentine, appeared on Commodore's VIC-20 home computer. More recently, Jungler was one of the first titles made available by Microsoft for its Game Room service for the Xbox 360 and Games for Windows - LIVE in March 2010.
Gakken made a table top hand held game of Jungler in 1982. It was one of a series of 3 flip-top games with VFD screen and magnifying Fresnel lens. The other two similar style Gakken hand held games were Dig Dug and Amidar.