Jackal is one of those underrated gems that gets overshadowed by other Konami releases for the original Nintendo.
Sadly, the Konami Code didn’t give you 30 lives like Contra or Life Force, or even 10 like Super C. But despite not having an easy hack, it was a game that I, and my friends, would often times play for hours.
It’s just simple and fun and it makes me miss the simplicity of ’80s action games.
You just play as a jeep that works its way through the map vertically, killing all the baddies and rescuing all the POWs you can. Each level has a helipad where you can drop the surviving POWs off before moving on to a big boss battle.
All the boss battles in this are also pretty solid but Konami were damn good at creating boss battles across the board from this game, the Contra games, Life Force, Metal Gear, Rush’n Attack, etc.
In the end, this is a cool game that probably deserves more love and definitely should have had a sequel or multiple sequels.
Pairs well with: other NES Konami games like the Contra series, the Metal Gear series, Rush’n Attack, etc.