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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.

UPDATE 19-01-2022 - 4th demo version available for you to download and play.

Another update is planned before the Jam deadline with (hopefully) Level 2 completed!

A lot has changed since v3!

  • No loading times between the menu and briefing screen
  • Intro waiting time reduced to 6 seconds
  • Updated credits
  • Big copter animated at mission start
  • New type of vehicle bullets
  • Regular POWs
  • Powerup indicator
  • Soldiers are thrown out of the jeep when it explodes
  • Rescue copter flies away when all POWs are delivered
  • Level 2 preview (playable to the end but no boss fight and some enemies are missing)
  • Many bugfixes and improvements

As usual playable in both UAE and real Amiga (OCS-ECS-AGA, non expanded machines might suffer slowdowns when during intense action).


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!

Erik Hogan


Made with Scorpion Engine.



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Jackal_Demo_4.adf 880 kB
Jackal-Game-Manual.pdf 666 kB


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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 - jpetheman@hotmail.com

Sorry for the late reply, I wrote you an email, thank you!

Brilliant game port!

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Thank you Saberman, super fast! But you forgot to record the intro (wait 7 seconds in the menu without interacting) ;-)

My mistake, there is a new gameplay - with an intro added :).

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.

Thanks for reporting it, I will do more tests on lower spec machines!

New gameplay from the last version of the demo:

Amazing game!

Thank you Saberman as usual :)

Really cool, looks amazing

Thank you!

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!

I love it too 😁 and thanks for the video!

Looks cool. Played the NES version years ago and loved it.

Just seen mention of this game from the Amigabill Twitch stream. Looks awesome!

Thanks! I hope it will play awesome as well :)

Looks good, love the arcade and c64 version.

Thank you! Never played the C64 version but consumed the NES one!

Looking forward to it, looks nice!

Thank you!