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Game #3866
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Jumpman Lives!    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: 3U Games
Action   Platformer

Rating: 8.46 (13 votes)

Jumpman Lives! box cover

Jumpman Lives! screenshot
Jumpman Lives! is an excellent and faithful rewrite of Epyx's Jumpman and Jumpman Jr., the latter of which was never before made for PC. Written by Dave Sharpless and released as shareware by Apogee, the game contains all 30 levels from the original Jumpman, 10 levels from Jumpman Jr., 5 new levels, plus an easy-to-use level editor. In addition to preserving the look and feel of the original jump-and-run classic, Jumpman Lives! offers the option to jump to a random level, multiple difficulty levels, and the ability to handle up to 4 players simultaneously.

The plot remains the same, except it is somehow now taking place on Saturn and not Jupiter as in the original: as the government's top anti-terrorist agent, you are the only one who can defuse the deadly TechnoBombs. For your task, you have been equipped with JUMP (Jet-controlled Upward movement Propulsion) boots which allows you to avoid deadly terrorist traps and jump around the levels. The game plays similar to Lode Runner: negotiating ladders, vines/ropes, bombs, girders, and enemies, you must pick up all the bombs on each level to go to the next one. Sometimes picking up a bomb triggers different events such as floors collapsing or robots moving, so you must always be on the alert. Like Lode Runner, the game is fast, fun, and addictive.

Unfortunately Apogee did not acquire or license the rights to Jumpman which were still owned by Epyx at the time of Jumpman Lives!' release (the copyrights have since reverted back to Randy Glover in 1994 pursuant to the agreement he signed with Epyx). Apogee was therefore ordered to cease distribution of Jumpman Lives! only shortly after its release, making the game one of the rarest Apogee titles. If you love the original, you will definitely love this excellent remake that was unfortunately unsanctioned by the copyright holder. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Dave Sharpless & Randy Glover
Developer: Apogee
Publisher: Apogee
Year: 1991
Software Copyright: Apogee
Theme: Shareware, Design Tool
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official Jumpman 2 site
If you like this game, try: Jumpman, Big Top, Donkey Kong

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