(Wii Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Jumpman (Wii Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

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Jumpman is a bomb disposal expert. He is called on to save the Jupiter headquarters after the evil Alienators invade it and booby-trap its 30 levels.

In this early platform game, the titular hero must find his way around each screen, collecting every bomb. There are platforms and ladders to use, and a jet booster to propel you up the screen. However there are also enemies to avoid, and Jumpman must be careful not to fall too far.

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Jumpman is a bomb disposal expert. He is called on to save the Jupiter headquarters after the evil Alienators invade it and booby-trap its 30 levels.

While the video game industry was crashing down around us, personal computers were beginning to invade households around the world. The Commodore 64 was one such computer and went on to become one of the most popular home computers of its time period...

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Bass_X0

#1

Bass_X0 said:

You wouldn't guess it wasa rip-off of a Mario game from that artwork.

alxtlvra

#4

alxtlvra said:

America should also get its own computer games for VC, I´d love IBM´s Alley Cat!

Terra

#5

Terra said:

I might buy this. At least it has more levels than the original DK games

Virus

#6

Virus said:

Boy, this is a case of don't judge a book by its title. This looks only faintly similar to Donkey Kong.

David77

#7

David77 said:

Don't believe a word. It's a rip-off of anything. He have the name of a plumber, his stage look like Donkey Kong, but he is in a world of is own.

BJDJ1234

#8

BJDJ1234 said:

I don't care with if this looks similar to Donkey Kong or the game title shares the previous name of Mario. I have actually played this game and it really is good fun plus the levels I find in this game are more challenging than Donkey Kong. If I reviewed I would at least give it 4 out if 5 stars really worth trying.

CanisWolfred

#9

CanisWolfred said:

This game looks more like Lode Runner, or N, and I can assure you that this came long before they did.

#10

said:

THIS, this is the first game that pops into my mind when somebody says Commodore 64. If we don't get C64 by the time this comes to Europe, there's gonna be war. >: (

Ricardo91

#11

Ricardo91 said:

I don't see at all how this game is considered a Donkey Kong ripoff. Yes, it steals Mario's original name, but it only borrows basic elements from DK. Other than that they're fairly different. It's like saying Fatal Fury is a ripoff of Street Fighter II. Like Mickey said, it's more like N.

agentshags

#12

agentshags said:

How can no one have played this? im only 25 and I played jumpman and jumpman jr. a LOT as a kid! When will the USA see the C=64 on the VC?

Anyway, this game is GREAT! I would gladly buy it AND JM Jr!

get on the ball NOA >:D

Kenji510

#13

Kenji510 said:

This game reminds me of N+ and Donkey Kong and plays like it too.. at least this game got a 4/5 stars! :D

timp29

#15

timp29 said:

@ comment 11, looks like its war.

And this came BEFORE donkey kong didn't it? Anyway, annoying sounds and a game surpassed by lode runner, I'll pass. Interesting in the annals of video game history though.

#16

said:

Wow, who thought Europe would get the game this fast. o_o

I wonder how long Jumpman Jr. and Space Taxi will take. Well, in that case we'll probably see both of those and Rags to Riches before C64 or MSX ever leave their respective regions. I don't get marketing, and I never will. The MSX I can understand, but C64? _

At any rate, unless you've already played it I wouldn't skip it. It's not mediocre, even the 4 stars reflect that much. I'd compare it to N before I'd compare it to Lode Runner really, and even then that's fairly inaccurate.

Ricardo91

#17

Ricardo91 said:

"This came before Donkey Kong, didn't it?

Oh hell no. This came 3 years after Donkey Kong.

Kafei2006

#20

Kafei2006 said:

Aaaaah Jumpman ^^. I never played this one but i still own Jumpman Jr for my C64. It was hard a hell ! I never got past the fifth level where flames were coming down and bouncing on the platform and ladders. See ? i can still rremember it so you bet it's a memorable game.

Chunky_Droid

#22

Chunky_Droid said:

I love this game, played it TONNES on my C64 when I was little! I had a pirate copy (I was 8, so sue me, I didn't know any better!) so I didn't even know it had a plot!

Man I wish it would come out on US Virtual Console, instant buy for me!

Chunky_Droid

#23

Chunky_Droid said:

@ President_Leever

That's just how he dies, very, very, very painfully! I wish they'd make death scenes like that again :)

Waxxy

#24

Waxxy said:

Anyone who thinks this game is a clone of anything has only given the game a cursory glance. Other than the name "Jumpman" (Which is a really generic name, guys... there's a reason Nintendo didn't stick with it), this has absolutely NOTHING in common with Mario or Donkey Kong. The character is far more manueverable for one thing, and there are no enemies you can "kill" in most levels. The main objective is to avoid all the various traps and pitfalls while you collect the bombs scattered throughout the screen. There's no princess to save or giant monkey to defeat, just you, some bombs, and a bunch of enemies bent on your destruction. And where Donkey Kong features a whopping four stages where the goal is the same every time, Jumpman packs 30 levels, many drastically different from the others. There are even a few where Jumpman loses his ability to jump (oh the irony!) and totes a gun or spear to defeat the enemies with. Some stages introduce other traps like vanishing platforms or the world's most insane teleportation puzzle (Ahh Grand Puzzle III, how I love to hate you...)

Seriously, anyone who thinks Randy Glover took anything at all from Nintendo needs to give this game a whirl. You will not be disappointed.

Ptolemy

#25

Ptolemy said:

That is amazing. Watch the jumps in the video. The dude doesn't even move through a smooth arc. Its as if the hyperbola required too much processing power in that day and age. Hard to believe.

deehuts

#26

deehuts said:

This was one of the best games if not the best game for the Commodore 64. I remember it as very challenging and original for its time. I can't wait for it to come to the USA.

SKTTR

#28

SKTTR said:

Jumpman (C64) was released in 1983 and had 30 stages.
Donkey Kong (NES) was released in 1986 and had 3 stages.

But that doesn't matter because these games are very different from each other. I like the fast paced Jumpman, it has better controls and more of everything. DK has charismatic big sprites.
If you're a fan of ladder games you should not miss Jumpman.
Rainbow Arts (Factor 5) did a great game inspired by Jumpman called Madness for the C64. I'm looking forward to that one.

And the guy in the video dies, because he misses the last bomb and falls to deep.

DaBargainHunta

#29

DaBargainHunta said:

This is NOTHING like Donkey Kong. Holy poo, if this comes to the U.S., it will be one of the biggest VC events EVER for me! Jumpman is an AMAZING game!

#30

said:

SKTTR, what is the point of your statement? Is there a point? Because if you're trying to imply Jumpman predates Donkey Kong, you couldn't be more wrong. The NES game was a port of an already years old arcade game, which any self-respecting Nintendophile could tell you was from 1981. Donkey Kong would've been made after Mario Bros if it was from 1986.

True that it only had 3 or 4 stages compared to Jumpman. Also, the NES could handle much more than Donkey Kong, but again, it was a port. We'd get a whole new game in '94 on the Gameboy, barring the DKC games. One of the best things about Jumpman is the variety and how often they throw new elements at you. Space Taxi doesn't do that quite as much, but the variety of levels is comparable (Always loved the ping-pong table).

Still, you're knowledgeable on the C64, which is good. Madness is an awesome game that I don't bring up enough. I was actually lucky to find a knock-off of the game on some freeware site for cellphone games a long time ago. I couldn't tell you any more than that, but it was almost identical, including some of the levels.

And yes, this game is very different from Donkey Kong. I've been waiting a LONG time for this, DaBargainHunta, because Jumpman is indeed an AMAZING game! :D

(I'm still peeved I'm not playing it or IK+ on the Virtual Console today. Next week, or else!)

winter123

#31

winter123 said:

What the heck??? Why is this not released in the US yet? This was my second favorite C64 game when i actually owned one, behind Bruce Lee. And speaking of which why is that nowhere to be found? It's such a great classic game it's not even funny.

winter123

#32

winter123 said:

OMG! Not even one comment in over 6 months, and this game is still not in north america. Im about to hack my console to connect to EU store. It's worth it for the 1 week of play before it's bricked. **** you nintendo just **** you. But speaking of brucelee, http://ovinebydesign.com/?p=107 here's the closest of a re-release you'll ever get. ROMs are buggy, probably 10 people in the world have a working C64 computer, and nintendo refuses to release it even though they have an opportunity to!

StarDust4Ever

#33

StarDust4Ever said:

Try another 8 months. This is bull, Nintendo - Clasic platforming rocks! The only C64 game I am even remotely interested in and you won't put out. Thanks for the plethora of zero VC game weeks that infects classic gaming like a deadly cancer: Nobody is buying games anymore because the VC release schedule is a desert wasteland. If you've already got license to release something, why not put out? People will buy them. VC has been declining ever since the onset of Wiiware service. Soon, it will fade like a ghost into obscure oblivion.

Metal_Slugger

#34

Metal_Slugger said:

WT? I was going to purchase this and realized I can't!!!!!!! Why your at it add intellivision, and colecovison games PRONTO.

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