FAQ by War Doc

Version: 1.01 | Updated: 08/28/03 | Printable Version

                           | J U N G L E   K I N G |

              GAME:  JUNGLE KING
           CREATOR:  TAITO Copyright 1982
AUTHOR OF THIS FAQ:  Kevin Butler AKA War Doc
            E-MAIL:  kevinb(at)technologist(dot)com
       FAQ VERSION:  1.01


                              TABLE OF CONTENTS


1.  Legal Stuff
2.  Version Information
3.  Acknowledgements
4.  Welcome
5.  Overview


6.  The Game

    6.1  The Controls
    6.2  The Playing Fields
    6.3  Scoring


7.  Playing the Game

    7.1  Swinging
    7.2  Swimming
    7.3  Avalanche
    7.4  Natives


8.  Conclusion


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********************************* U N I T  I **********************************
| 1.  LEGAL STUFF |============================================================

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publicly without advanced permission from the author.  Use of this guide on
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| 2.  VERSION INFORMATION |====================================================

Version 1.0   7/30/03:  A guide is born.

Version 1.01  8/28/03:  Fixed a couple of errors.

| 3.  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS |=======================================================

The following are a list of people or organizations that have made this FAQ

My wonderful family (who has had to put up with the tapping on the keyboard)
Taito for making a great arcade game
GameFAQ's for putting up this FAQ

| 4.  WELCOME |================================================================

Welcome to my FAQ for Jungle King.  Since the game has you continuously
rescuing the fair damsel until all your men are killed, there is no walkthrough
per se.  Instead it will be broken up into the game itself and strategies for
survival.  Input is appreciated along with constructive criticism.  If you wish
to e-mail me thoughts on this FAQ, better ways of doing things, other
strategies, etc., feel free.  Make sure you put Jungle King as the subject.  If
you don't, I'm liable to discard the e-mail as spam.

| 5.  OVERVIEW |===============================================================

Doing something different, Taito came out with Jungle King.  Going through 4
screens worth of enemies, our intrepid hero had to save his fair lady from the
bloodthirsty natives.  Jungle King is noted for a few things.  When the game
first came out, the character had a "Tarzan-like" look to him and when you
started, you got to hear the Tarzan yell.  Unfortunately, the family of Edgar
Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, saw this as a case of copyright infringement
and sued.  Taito redid the game and called it Jungle Hunt.  In this version,
the "Tarzan-like" character was replaced by an explorer wearing a pith hat.
In addition, the vines change to ropes.  Also, there is no Tarzan yell.  Other
then these changes, the games played exactly alike.  Taito, after introducing
Space Invaders, continued to be a solid gaming company that put out a few note-
worthy games.  Good luck on rescuing your lady.

******************************** U N I T  II **********************************

| 6.  THE GAME |===============================================================

Jungle King is a two-dimensional action style game.  Some native have run off
with your woman and you want her back.  Your trip to getting to her won't be
easy, though.  You have to swing across the trees, swim in crocodile infested
waters, deal with rockslides, then you have to get by the natives to rescue
your woman.  Of course, once you have rescued her, you have to start the whole
process again.  The life of the man of the jungle is a thankless one.

/ 6.1  The Controls /__________________________________________________________

The controls on this game are very easy.  It may, though, take just a little
bit of time to get used to them.

-  A four way joystick for moving left, right, up, and down

-  A combination jump/action button.

/ 6.2  The Playing Fields /____________________________________________________

Jungle King actually consists of four playing fields.  The fields occur in the
same order so once you have gone through the game once, it just repeats itself
again.  Each field has it's own nuances along with any enemies and other
special features.  I have included an example of what these fields look like
(and also given them my own names since
I don't recall some of the real names):

                                 | SWINGING |

    |                         TIMER                                     |
    |          /           \               |            \               |
    |         /             \              |             \              |
    |        / <- VINES ---> \             |              \             |
    |       /                 \            |               O            |
    |                                         YOUR    --> /|            |
    |                                         CHARACTER   / \           |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |

                                 | SWIMMING |

    |                         TIMER                                     |
    |                       AIR REMAINING-> DIVING [ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]      |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                               O    YOUR CHARACTER-> O---<         |
    | _/---/ <-CROCODILE          O                                     |
    |  \---\    ____+-----+        O<-AIR BUBBLES                       |
    |          /           \      O           /\            +---+       |
    |         /             \                /  \          /     \      |
    |        /               \______________/    \________/       \     |
    |_______/                                                      \    |
    |                                                               \   |

                                 | AVALANCHE |

    |                         TIMER                                     |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |
    |                      ##                                           |
    |                     ### <-ROCKS           YOUR                    |
    |_____________________##__                  CHARACTER-->  O         |
    |                        _________________________        |         |
    |                                                ________/_\________|
    |                                                                   |

                                 | NATIVES |

    |        __               TIMER                                     |
    |       /  |                                                        |
    |      /   |                                                        |
    |     /    |                                                        |
    |    /     O <-YOUR WOMAN                                           |
    |   |      |                                                        |
    |   |     / \                                                       |
    |   |                                           YOUR                |
    |   |    _____   O <NATIVES>O                O<-CHARACTER           |
    |   |    |   |   |          |                |                      |
    |                                                                   |
    |                                                                   |

You control your man through these four screens.

/ 6.3  Scoring /_______________________________________________________________

Scoring in this game is pretty simple:

Successfully jumping from vine to vine:  100 points

Successfully killing a crocodile:  100 or 200 points

Jumping over boulders:   100 points
Ducking under boulders:  200 points
Running under boulders:   50 points

Jumping over natives:  100 points

You start with 5000 on the timer.  You get whatever bonus is left after you
rescue your woman.  In later stages, the timer goes down faster.

You start with 3 men and gain an extra one at 10,000 points.

******************************** U N I T  III *********************************

| 7.  PLAYING THE GAME |=======================================================

When you start the game, your man will be on a tree branch.  After a good
Tarzan yell, you need to swing through the trees.  After that, progress through
the next screens.  What I will do here is break down the levels and strategies
for each level.

/ 7.1  Swinging /______________________________________________________________

-  The main thing to remember on this screen is timing.  Some vines swing
   faster then others.  As you go farther into the game, the vines will really
   start to swing fast so you must be able to time your jumps accordingly.

-  The best place to catch a vine is in the middle or lower (ideally the bottom
   of the vine is the best).  This way, you give yourself enough jumping room
   to get to the next vine.

-  Don't just start jumping to the vines without looking.  If a vine is moving
   away from you, wait until it's halfway to you, then jump.

-  At the later levels, monkeys will appear on the vines.  Try to catch a vine
   and hit the monkey, you will be on the ground.

/ 7.2  Swimming /______________________________________________________________

-  On this screen, you will swimming through a jungle river.  Things to
   remember are to keep track of your Diving Display.  If the bar goes all the
   way to the left, your man will become a floater.  Go up every now and then
   for a breath of air.

-  The biggest hazards are the crocodiles.  Fortunately, you have your trusty
   knife with you.  Now, in order to kill the crocodiles, their mouths have to
   be closed.  If they aren't, you will become free food.  Also, if you hit any
   part of the crocodile, you will die.

-  Another hazard is the air bubbles.  If you happen to swim into them, they
   will push you immediately to the surface regardless of what hazards may be
   in your way.  The best way to work around this is vary your man's speed by
   moving the joystick left and right and time it so that there are no hazards
   above the air bubbles.

/ 7.3  Avalanche /_____________________________________________________________

This is probably the easiest screen.  All you have to do is jump the small
boulders and duck under the big ones.  If a small boulder is really bouncing,
you can run under it.  This is a pretty straightforward level.

/ 7.4  Natives /_______________________________________________________________

Probably the hardest screen because you have to time your jumps in between the
two natives.

-  Get right next to the first native.  Keep in mind, you can only jump when
   their spears aren't in the air or you will be skewered.

-  Also, watch your woman on the vine.  It also is going up and down so you
   have to time your jumps for both the natives and your woman.

-  Another thing that occurs is that the natives get close together, then
   spread out again.

-  Now, you have to jump between the natives, then jump up when your woman is
   at the lowest point on the vine.  This will require timing and there is no
   pattern or trick.  Just keep in mind that if you can't get to her, jump back
   to your original position or the second native will get you.

-  On the later levels, everything moves much quicker.

********************************  U N I T  IV *********************************

| 8.  CONCLUSION |=============================================================

This game was a real novelty when it came out.  Other games involved saving the
universe or just shooting up a lot of things.  This game was definitely
different to play.  With its Tarzan yell at the beginning, it was non-stop
action.  As the levels progressed, the frustration grew more since swinging
from vine to vine was becoming a real chore plus your time was going down much
quicker.  It still got a lot of my quarters, though, because it was still a
pretty addicting game.  Unfortunately, it is very rare to find this machine
anywhere.  However, through the miracle of emulation, a whole new generation is
realizing what we "old" folks enjoyed those many years ago.  In addition,
www.shockwave.com is bringing many of these classic games back.  Check out
their site to see what ones are there.  I hope this guide helps you in being
able to get the most amount of gameplay for this game.  If you do have other
ideas or thoughts, please e-mail me and share them.  Who knows, maybe I'll
start a Q&A Chapter in this guide if enough people ask the same questions.
Anyway, thank you again for reading this guide.

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