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Jet-Boot Jack

Jet-Boot Jack
Jet-Boot Jack

SystemAtari 8-Bit
Floppy (5.25")1

Datamost

Atari 8-Bit

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Release Date: 1/1/1984
Manufacturer: Datamost
 
Donated By: Gregory William Crowell
 
Jet-Boot Jack is a platforming video game first published for the Atari 8-bit home computers by English Software in 1983. It was later ported to a number of other platforms and spawned a sequel, Legend of the Knucker-Hole.

The player controls Jack, a 'space-age jogger', in a record production plant who must build up the ultimate music collection.

The production plant is set out as a series of platforms connected by lifts. To complete each level, the player must collect all the musical notes while avoiding monsters, moving lifts and stalactites. Jack can be moved left or right using his jet boots to hover or by ducking and sliding under fatal stalactites or monsters. By hovering, Jack can clear lift shafts but if he stops over the shaft, it is fatal. Jack's jet energy runs down, particularly if he stands still for a while, and must be replenished by collecting vinyl from overhanging pods. Two types of monsters can be killed for bonus points by jumping on the platform above them. A third type of monster is invincible. Bonus points are awarded when a screen is completed based on the vinyl refills unused.

There are ten screens which then repeat at a higher difficulty level eg with more monsters and fewer refills per vinyl pod.

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