Jackal - Amiga port
A downloadable Amiga game
Jackal, also distributed under the title of Top Gunner, is an overhead run'n gun-style shoot-'em-up video game by Konami released for the arcades in 1986. The player must maneuver an armed jeep in order to rescue prisoners of war (POWs) trapped in enemy territory.
Jackal was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) on September 1988 in North America.
This project attempts to port the NES version with various improvements and Arcade elements on Amiga (OCS-ECS) as an entry for #AmiGameJam 2021.
Jackal runs on any Amiga with 2MB or RAM or more ( I will focus on optimizing the memory usage later on when more levels are done) but, to enjoy the best experience possible, it is strongly raccomanded to use accelerated hardware.
UPDATE 31-03-2022 - 6th demo version available for you to download and play.
This is the first public update since the AmiGameJam submission.
What's new in version 6:
- Level 1 boss has an indicator to show where the tanks will spawn
- New enemy in Level 2 (Jeep throwing 'nades)
- Level 3 preview (fully navigable but no boss fight yet)
- New explosion graphics
- Animated exploded turrets
- Fixed foreground issues with fort walls and pillars
- Enemies have been rebalanced
- Memory optimizations, bugfixes and more!
- This version might be a bit unstable because of a lot of things have been refactored
- Full Level 3 including boss fight and all enemies will come soon with demo #7
Fire 1: Machine gun
Fire 2 / Spacebar: Granade/Missile
Esc: From Credits or Game, back to Main Menu
Jackal original NES manual in PDF format from gamesdatabase.org
Simone "JMD" Bernacchia for the awesome music!
Made with Scorpion Engine.
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AWESOME!!!! is there 2 Player support?
Thanks! For now player 2 is just teasing, I will try to add it whenever I will finish implementing the levels
Awesome - demo v.5
hi, this is RayOfJay. I have decompiled the entirety of the NES Jackal game and am proceeding with a very ambitious hack. If you would like some of the source or to collaborate - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brilliant game port!
Thank you Saberman, super fast! But you forgot to record the intro (wait 7 seconds in the menu without interacting) ;-)
Tested on A1200 with ACA1221lc, works a charm. Is it normal that when I get to the two blue tanks I can do nothing?
Hi, thanks for testing Jackal! Yes it is normal because the boss fight was not implemented, I'm going to release a new demo later today where you can fight against the blue tanks so stay tuned! :)
Tested on real Amiga 500 (+512k) with gotek, and doesn't run, it stops after the S.E. logo.
New gameplay from the last version of the demo:
Really cool, looks amazing
Id love to do a video on this. Its one of my favourite games Jackal and just recently found the NES version which is awesome too. I have downloaded the WIP and I have to say its spot on. Would it be ok to do a video on this? and also I could play test if you wanted, I play test for a few software houses now such as JoshProd and PixelHeart. Oh I'm Old Style Gaming from YouTube by the way .. let me know if you want me to promote this cos its class
Thanks for your feedback! I would wait for new versions in the coming weeks as the current doesn't offer much, but if you really want feel free to do a video, up to you 😊
I've always loved Jackal - great game!
Looks cool. Played the NES version years ago and loved it.
Just seen mention of this game from the Amigabill Twitch stream. Looks awesome!
Looks good, love the arcade and c64 version.
Looking forward to it, looks nice!