Glossary

Jackal (video game)

Jackal (video game)

Release date: 1986

Genres: Action

Platforms: Nintendo Nes, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: Konami

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.

James Bond 007

James Bond 007

Release date: 1983

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Atari 2600, Commodore 64

Publishers: Parker Brothers, Tsukuda Original

James Bond 007 is a 1983 side-scrolling video game developed and published by Parker Brothers for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, and ColecoVision, and distributed in Japan by Tsukuda Original for the SG-1000.

Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour

Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour

Release date: 1989

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Atari ST, Amiga, Super Nes, Microsoft Dos, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers: Ubi Soft

Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour is a video game developed by Blue Byte and originally released in 1989.

Jet Set Willy

Jet Set Willy

Release date: 1984

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers:

Jet Set Willy is a platform video game originally written by Matthew Smith for the ZX Spectrum home computer. It was published in 1984 by Software Projects and ported to most home computers of the time. The game is a sequel to Manic Miner published in 1983, and the second game in the Miner Willy series. It was a significant development in the platform game genre on the home computer.

Jet-Boot Jack

Jet-Boot Jack

Release date: 1983

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers: English Software, Datamost

Jet-Boot Jack is a platform game first published for the Atari 8-bit family of home computers by English Software in 1983. It was ported to a number of other systems and was followed by a sequel: Legend of the Knucker-Hole.

Jack the Nipper

Jack the Nipper

Release date: 1986

Genres: Platform, Puzzle

Platforms: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers: Gremlin Graphics

Jack the Nipper is a video game by Gremlin Graphics released in 1986 for ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, and MSX. It was followed by a sequel, Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers. The character is loosely based on the British comic strip character Sweeny Toddler.

Jet

Jet

Release date: 1985

Genres: Flight, Simulation

Platforms: Atari ST, Amiga, Apple Mac, Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64

Publishers: Sublogic

Jet is a combat flight simulator video game originally published in 1985 by Sublogic. The game was released in 1985 for MS-DOS and the Commodore 64, 1986 for the Apple II, 1988 for the Atari ST and Amiga, and 1989 for the Macintosh and NEC PC-9801.An updated version called Jet 2.0 was released for MS-DOS in 1987.

Jenny of the Prairie

Release date: 1983

Genres: Adventure

Platforms: Commodore 64

Publishers: Addison-Wesley

Jenny of the Prairie is a video game developed by Rhiannon Software and published by Addison-Wesley for the Commodore 64 in 1983 and Apple IIe in 1984. It was one of the first games featuring female character as the protagonist.

Jumpman

Jumpman

Release date: 1983

Genres: Platform, Puzzle

Platforms: Commodore 64

Publishers: Epyx

Jumpman is a platform game written by Randy Glover and published by Epyx in 1983. It was first developed for the Atari 8-bit family, and versions were also released for the Commodore 64, Apple II, and IBM PC. The game received very favorable reviews when it was released and was a major hit for its publisher, Automated Simulations. It was so successful that the company renamed itself Epyx, formerly their brand for action titles like Jumpman. Re-creations on other platforms, and new levels for th…

Jordan vs. Bird: One on One

Jordan vs. Bird: One on One

Release date: 1988

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Nintendo Nes, Microsoft Dos, Nintendo GameBoy, Sega Mega Drive, Commodore 64

Publishers: Electronic ArtsMilton Bradley

Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is a 1988 basketball video game developed by Electronic Arts. It was released for the Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, MS-DOS, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, NES. It was also available as a Tiger Handheld Electronic Game. It is the sequel to One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird.

Jet Set Willy II

Jet Set Willy II

Release date: 1985

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers: Software Projects

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier is a platform game released in 1985 by Software Projects for a variety of 8-bit home computers. It was the only official sequel to Jet Set Willy, one of the most successful home computer games ever released. Officially, Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier is the last of the Miner Willy series, although numerous unofficial sequels, remakes, homages and updates have been released, even up to this day.

Jocky Wilson's Darts Challenge

Release date: 1989

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers: Zeppelin Games

Jocky Wilson's Darts Challenge is a video game of darts, created after darts champion Jocky Wilson. The game was published by Zeppelin Games and was released in 1989 for the Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Amstrad CPC and Amiga. Music for the game was composed by Adam Gilmore. Music for the Amiga version was composed by Stuart Taylor.

Judge Dredd

Release date: 1990

Genres: Platform

Platforms: Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64

Publishers: Virgin Mastertronic

Judge Dredd is a 1990 platform shoot 'em up game based on the character of the same name. It was developed by Random Access and published by Virgin Mastertronic. It was released in Europe in 1990, for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Judge Dredd was criticized for its gameplay, which was viewed as repetitive.

Judge Dredd

Release date: 1986

Genres: Action, Shooter

Platforms: Commodore 64

Publishers: Melbourne House

Judge Dredd is a platform shoot 'em up video game based on the character of the same name. It was developed by Beam Software and published by Melbourne House. It was released in Europe in 1986, for Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.

Jumpman Junior

Jumpman Junior

Release date: 1983

Genres: Action

Platforms: Commodore 64

Publishers: Epyx, Inc.

Jumpman Junior is the sequel video game to Jumpman, and was produced by Epyx in 1983. It was first released for Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64 in the United States and in 1984 was released for ColecoVision in Australia, France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

Jungle Hunt

Jungle Hunt

Release date: 1982

Genres: Side-scroller

Platforms: Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers: Taito, Atari, Inc., Atarisoft

Jungle Hunt (ジヤングル・ハン卜) is a right-to-left side-scrolling arcade game produced and released by Taito in 1982. It was initially released as Jungle King, but changed as a result of copyright dispute. Published the same year as Moon Patrol, Jungle Hunt is one of the first video games to use parallax scrolling. The player controls an unnamed explorer, sporting a pith helmet and safari suit, attempting to rescue his girl from a tribe of cannibals by swinging from vine to vine, swimming a crocodile-i…

John Madden Football

John Madden Football

Release date: 1988

Genres: Sports

Platforms: Microsoft Dos, Commodore 64

Publishers: Electronic Arts

John Madden Football is a football video game following the success of Earl Weaver Baseball. This game would go on to spawn many sequels and spin-off games, becoming a part of what is now the Madden NFL game series.

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

Release date: 1987

Genres: Adventure

Platforms: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers: CRL Group

Jack the Ripper is a text adventure game designed by St. Bride's School and released by CRL in 1987 for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum home computers. The game is based on the notorious "Jack the Ripper" murders of the 1880s.

Juno First

Juno First

Release date: 1983

Genres: Shooter

Platforms: Commodore 64, Arcade

Publishers:

Juno First (ジュノファースト) is an arcade game developed by Konami and released in 1983. It was licensed to Gottlieb in the United States. Juno First combines elements of vertically scrolling shooters and fixed shooters, using a slightly tilted perspective similar to Nintendo's Radar Scope from 1979.Juno First was ported to the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit family by Greg Hiscott and published by Datasoft in 1983 and 1984 respectively.

Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers

Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers

Release date: 1987

Genres: Platform, Puzzle

Platforms: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64

Publishers: Gremlin Graphics

Jack the Nipper II: In Coconut Capers is a video game by Gremlin Graphics released in 1987 for several home computer systems. It is the sequel to Jack the Nipper.