- Sega Master System
Bouncing onto most systems is The Jungle Book, Virgin's version of Disney's classic animated film. You'll have fun exploring the chapters of the SNES Book, but its difficulty might send you back to the movie.
It's a Jungle Out There
Based on Kipling's famous stories, Disney's movie was a lively, jokey, jungle fest of fun. The SNES game retains the main characters and the basic plot -- Mowgli the Man Cub tries to survive in the Indian jungles with a little help from his big bear buddy, Baloo. Annoying monkeys, Shere Khan the hungry tiger, and Kaa the hypnotic snake are among the dangers lurking in the jungle.
What's missing from the game is the boisterous fun. Baloo, the film's most entertaining character, is barely present (he appears briefly in each level). What's more, Mowgli's adventures are pretty repetitious, centering around his ability to swing on vines. He does have a few other talents, such as jumping onto birds for a quick flight. However, these skills are little used, sacrificed in favor of still more vine-swingin' action. This ain't quite up to par with Disney's Aladdin, the award- winning SNES and Genesis games filled with varied and imaginative game play.
ProTip: In the Kaa the Snake level, you can knock out annoying swarms of bees with a single well-aimed banana.
The Jungle Look
Like the Aladdin games, this one captures the visual appeal of the film well. Not only is the jungle colorfully detailed, but the characters show their personalities through subtle movements. For instance, sassy Mowgli boxes with moves straight from the flick. The graphics draw you right into the Jungle Boolds pages.
The sounds, unfortunately, push you right out. The song "The Bear Necessities" plays incessantly, while average sound effects are only modestly successful. The lack of voice effects will make you realize how much the character voices added to the movie.
Don't be put off by the cartoony, good-natured game play: This long game is deceptively difficult, made harder by the lack of continues and passwords. However, the lush jungle graphics and personable characters will make you want to forge ahead. This is one Book worth reading again.
- When you come to unreachable vines or ledges, look for hidden blocks that you can move to use as jumping platforms.
- Always explore the tops of vines for goodies. Gems and an extra life are at the top of the vines right at the beginning.
- Jump across this bridge, then jump back so you won't get crushed by the boulder rolling from the left.
- Surf upwards on this bug at the start of the Jungle By Day level for an extra life.
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The Jungle Book
Sega Master System
The Jungle Book