are pretty cool vehicles huh? Well they were in MASH
anyway. And they're even cooler with a big, shiny
machine gun plus grenade or missile launcher bolted
on the top. At least, of course, in a video game.. ;)
was an addictive little arcade shoot 'n'
rescue 'em up which could probably best be described
as 'Choplifter in a jeep.' Your
mission was to penetrate deep into enemy territory in
your aforementioned vehicle to rescue a number of POWs
from each of the game's
zones, and drop them off at US chopper pick-up
points conveniently positioned a regular
intervals along the way.
was tremendous fun as an arcade game, especially when
played with a buddy in another jeep, where you could
cover each other while dropping off POWs
at pick-up points, or alternatively, cash allowing,
play competitively, bashing each others jeep into
obstacles and traps and nabbing each others power-ups
or racing to pick up friendlies before your mate did.
The weapon system was also rather neat, with a
machine-gun which fired upscreen regardless which way
your jeep was pointing, plus an additional grenade
or missile launcher which shot
forward in the direction you were facing.
Being a 'push-scrolling'
vertical shooter, Jackal could also be played more or
less at your own pace, it was possible to rush madly
upscreen through the game a la Commando,
leaving your poor POWs stranded (hehe!) or proceed
carefully and strategically picking off enemies and
trying to grab as many POWs as possible for a high
score. The game designers must have realised the
scope for hanging around too long on each level and
hogging the game in the arcades as they sent tiny
troops after you if you dallied in one place too
long. They were easily dealt with though by squishing
them under your tires which was a lot of fun!
home version of Jackal was released for the NES, and
it can be enjoyed nowadays in MAME,
where it is still a very playable little game. If you
never tried it in the arcades I would thoroughly
recommend it. Even better, grab a pal with which to
enjoy a two-player vehicular shooting spree!
As you progress through Jackal
across attack from all sides, land, sea and air..
Incoming! Enemy A-10 Jeepbusters
Return to 'Nam..
"Infrared satellites soaring miles above
Earth have spotted dozens of American prisoners of war
still trapped on enemy soil. Missing for years but never
forgotten, these men must be brought
home. But America is in no position
to risk an all-out invasion that could prompt
retaliation. Instead, the only possible hope for their
freedom is a small scale commando raid - code name
the President turns to the Green Berets and their
combat-ready, tactical infiltrating "Jeep
Squad". The Jeep Squad is comprised of twenty
all-terrain, four-wheel drive, super-mobile attack jeeps,
each equipped with one driver and one gunner. Only forty
of the Green Berets' bravest and most cunning soldiers
belong to this elite fighting force, and because of the
secrecy of the mission, only a few of them qualify for
the rescue attempt.
to say, you've been chosen to be one of the few, the
proud, the Jackals. So work up your courage and polish up
your guns, because it's time to save the life of each and
every brave American POW. And before you go, your country
would just like to say, "Good luck, son. Don't come
Intro to the Nintendo console
version of Jackal's manual.. and written tongue firmly
in cheek I presume.. ;)
For some reason enemy gun emplacements don't
seem to be able to fire behind them so if you can sneek
up from this position and take them out you're laughing.
A bit difficult here though..
Things start to get pretty hectic
about two thirds of the way into the game (above).
Rats..surrounded. Where's the air cavalry when you need
'em? (Below) Luckily your weaponry can be upgraded if you
manage to pick up enough POWs along the way.