Jump Bug

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Jump Bug
Jump Bug Poster.png
Arcade flyer
Developer(s)Hoei Corporation
Alpha Denshi
Platform(s)Arcade, Arcadia 2001
Genre(s)Scrolling shooter, platform
Mode(s)Up to two players, alternating turns
Arcade systemSega Z80
(Namco Galaxian)

Jump Bug[a] is a 1981 scrolling platform-shooter game developed by Alpha Denshi under contract for Hoei Corporation.[3] It was distributed in arcades by Sega in Japan and Europe, and by Rock-Ola in North America.[1] It was the first platform game to include smooth horizontal and vertical scrolling. Jump Bug was ported to the Emerson Arcadia and the Leisure Vision system.

The game uses a limited form of parallax scrolling, with the main scene scrolling while starry night sky is fixed and clouds move slowly, adding depth to the scenery. This was a year before Moon Patrol (1982), with its three moving layers.[4]


The player controls a constantly bouncing car while driving through various environments including a city, pyramid, and underwater. The height of the jump and speed of a fall can be controlled with the joystick. The player can shoot various enemies that appear. Points are gained by collecting treasure, killing enemies and jumping on clouds.[5]


In Japan, Jump Bug was tied with Scramble and Space Panic as the 14th highest-grossing arcade video game of 1981.[6]


  1. ^ Japanese: ジャンプバグ, Hepburn: Janpu Bagu


  1. ^ a b c "Overseas Readers Column - Hoei Grants "Jump Bug" —Rock-Ola for U.S.A. and Sega for Other Areas—" (PDF). Game Machine. No. 179. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 December 1981. p. 30.
  2. ^ Akagi, Masumi (13 October 2006). アーケードTVゲームリスト国内•海外編(1971-2005) (in Japanese) (First ed.). Japan: Amusement News Agency. ISBN 978-4990251215. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ "ジャンプバグ レトロゲームしま専科". Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  4. ^ Uduslivii, Igor (26 December 2013). iPhone Game Blueprints. Packt Publishing Ltd. p. 339. ISBN 978-1-84969-027-0.
  5. ^ KLOV
  6. ^ ""Donkey Kong" No.1 Of '81 — Game Machine's Survey Of "The Year's Best Three AM Machines" —" (PDF). Game Machine. No. 182. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 February 1982. p. 30.