Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja features the characters Joe and Mac as cavemen ninjas in a multi-level platform area where the player has to jump and club incoming enemies. They can also throw at them from distance using such weapons as boomerangs, bones, fire, flints, electricity and stone wheels. The objective of the game is to rescue a group of girls who were kidnapped by a rival tribe.
Story: You're a creature somewhere on the path between simian and homo sapiens and you've just found out some of these loonies form another tribe have stolen your females! At first you scratch your head a bit but after a short while you grab your club and run over to the other tribes' cave an thump some Neanderthal heads. This is not quite the way Joe and Mac, our Caveman Ninjas go about. First of all: these cavemen live in a hut, which is quite a anachronism. Second of all, they don't use clubs, but throwing hatches, knives and all kinds of weird magical weapons to defeat foes -but then, they ARE ninjas... They fight their way through tons and tons of enemies in order to free the stolen women!
Graphics and sound: Joe and Mac looks great. Fresh, colorful graphics with lot's of cartoon gimmicks. The backgrounds are nice and there are quite a few different locations, the enemies are diverse and funny. The music that accompanies this eye-candy is catchy and the sound effects are decent.
Game play: You can play this game with two people using either joystick(s) or the keyboard. From there on it's pretty straightforward. Run, jump, shoot and duck. Joe and Mac do have some special moves: you can jump onto higher things using a special jump and you can make you firepower increase if you hold the fire button longer. The game is pretty fast and sometimes the screen is literally crawling with enemies. I found the game pretty difficult at first, but am getting the hang of it now, so the first hour or so it may be a bit frustrating.
Conclusion: Joe and Mac: Caveman Ninja is a solid platformer that should not be missing from your collection. Its difficulty makes it a bit hard for people who usually do not play this type of game, but don't let that put you down. The graphics and sound make this worth a 4 in my humble opinion!
A great conversion from the hit arcade game of the same name, Joe and Mac: Caveman Ninja is a fun platform game starring to bumbling cavemen, Joe and Mac. After their "cave-babes" were kidnapped by rival gangs of Neanderthals, the cavemen ninja decide to strike back. Armed with a variety of Stone Age projectile weapons, the two will fight their way,with your help, through six levels of jungle adventures, facing threats from nasty cavemen, angry bees, giant plants and more dinosaurs than you can shake a petrified stick at.
Joe and Mac begin the game armed with stone axes, but by cracking open eggs left by defeated pterodactyls along the way, the two could upgrade their arsenal. The caveman ninjas have mastered the art of combat, with fireballs, wheels, boomerangs and even powerful doppelgangers of themselves. For a more powerful blow, you could hold down the attack button to make Joe and Mac swing their arms around wildly, building up energy (at least until they got tired).
Regardless of the threats against them, Joe and Mac never lose their sense of fun. The game is peppered with funny little touches-from the goofy cartoon graphics to the comic sound effects. The combination of traditional platform gaming and silly antics made Caveman Ninja a favorite of many in the arcades, leading to a successful follow-up, Joe & Mac Return, in 1994, which unfortunately was never translated to the PC. Highly recommended!
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