Jungle Jim is one of those rare video games that manages to combine the wildest adventure imaginable with the most cleverly paced mechanics. Here, you don’t play a generic jungle-man, you play a real life jungle-man. Which means that instead of running around wildly mashing buttons, you’ll be carefully picking your swings and twirling your arms about. Unlike other games, where your aim is mostly to mow down trees and knock over zombies, your aim in this game is to make sure your jumps and throws take you to the top of the tree you’re trying to scale, rather than send you carelessly crashing to the ground below. It’s more exciting than that, and it makes for a great game.
There’s no getting around the resemblance to Netent s smash hit, which may be true, but that doesn’t prevent Jungle Jim: El Dorado being a great game in its own right, with an excellent single player mode and some interesting, varied multiplayer options. The action begins when Jim, who’s clearly got himself a top-of-the-line casino license (he claims to have bought the rights to the old arcade classic of El Dorado) sets out to solve a mystery. Naturally, he’s not alone in his mission to find the lost city of Horseshoe Creek – there’s a whole crew of free-swinging cavemen swashbuckling around too, each with a unique set of skills and weapons, who are just as determined to uncover the buried artifacts as Jim is. You’ll also get to level up, and learn a little bit about how casino games to work, which is always a nice change of pace from all the action.
One of the best things about Jungle Jim is its complete lack of any story. There isn’t even any dialogue beyond what you’ll pick up when various objects are interacted with – this leaves the door wide open for your creativity. Any number of scenarios could unfold, meaning you could easily find yourself having to deal with all manner of problems as you try to clear Horseshoe Creek, including traps, puzzles, hidden items, live baubles and more, all while unlocking new skill points and equipment. For those who enjoy slot machines and casino games of all kinds, Jungle Jim is likely to provide a healthy return on investment. It’s free, it’s addictive and it looks like a winner.