Feeling alone is something that happens to most people at some stage in their life. But for Danan, who lost all his friends and family when their craft collided rather terminally with the ground of a strange planet, this isn't your usual run-of-the-mill case. Raised by a local called Jimba, Danan came home one day to find Jimba duffed up so badly by the local baddie Gilbas the Demon he was nearly dead. So he went out to see Niai, a holy man (or hippy as they're sometimes known), and collect three sacred objects on the way.

Danan is a horizontally scrolling arcade adventure in which the hero travels through Amazon-style jungles, villages, a battleship, and a temple, in his quest to gather the three objects and defeat the demon Gilbas.

He can jump, crouch, and whip his chopper out and wave it menacingly at the enemies as he explores the landscapes, entering buildings and underground passages. Tokens are there for the taking, adding time, life points, magic, and experience points.

Talking to characters in the game provides clues and hints for later levels. With a boss at the end of each level, a tough challenge is certain!

GRAB YOUR BITS

There are tokens aplenty throughout the game, and while every one is worth snapping up, they are all guarded by nasties. Here's the list...

OXYGEN
Gives Danan longer in the underwater scenes.
MEAT
Restores vitality.
CLOCK
Adds time.
STARS
Provide experience points.
ARMADILLO
Smart bomb.
EAGLE
Gives Danan the power of flight.
CHIMP
Restores three quarters of health.

COMMENT

MATT

Jungle Fighter follows the classic arcade adventure path, but with no really original features. There's a lot to the game, and the graphics are attractive and reasonably animated - the tokens especially add to the gameplay. But at the 1 and of the day, Danan doesn't grab the imagination - we've all seen this too many times before. The backgrounds are monotonous and the game's far too easy to provide excitement and a challenge. Still, it's worth a play if this is your cup of tea: if it isn't, try waiting for something with a little more oomph!

JULIAN

Similar in style to Rastan, but with more levels and a "talk to characters" option, Jungle Fighter is an enjoyable and straightforward horizontally scrolling hack 'n* slash game. There are a few niggling points, though. The landscapes are large, but the gameplay is a little bit tedious, since Danan can only do a few moves, and although the baddies are numerous, they're not particularly tough, allowing you to get quite far into the game very quickly. If you're a Rastan fan, give Jungle Fighter a go - but don't expect it to challenge you for long.

Rating

By
SEGA
Price
£29.99
Release Date
Jan
Game difficulty
Easy
Lives
3
Continues
0
Skill levels
1
Responsiveness
Fine
Presentation
81%
Reasonable loading screen, and the conversations with characters are well presented.
Graphics
72%
Pretty, if samey graphics, but the scrolling can be jerky and some of the sprites aren't particularly lifelike.
Sound
59%
Very boring aurally, with bog-standard sound effects and tunes.
Playability
78%
Interesting to explore, and the straightforward gameplay means it's simple to get into.
Lastability
62%
Although the number of levels means there's a lot of game in there, there's not a lot of variety in the actual gameplay.
Overall
72%
A worthy effort marred by lack of variety and poor animation.
Rating
72
Reviewer
Mean Machines magazine
Region
UK
Scans
MeanMachines-Magazine-Issue03?gallerypage=80

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