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Jack the Giantkiller (set 1)

| 1982

Release type:
Units produced: Cinematronics
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy8way), Buttons(2)
Number of Players: 2
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SoundMix: Mono
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MAME folder name: jack

Display: raster 256x224 @ 60.00Hz (60.00 pixclock)
Sound: 1 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver jack.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 32; Savestate: unsupported

j8 with 4096kb
sha1:1332c8dee99d07cc2823797ecc3551d720428b36 crc:c8e73998
jgk.j1 with 4096kb
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jgk.j10 with 4096kb
sha1:a5b83dff6bc6fd51f80db136fad8075262720f01 crc:eab890b2
jgk.j11 with 4096kb
sha1:5e6a8274d008c5dd276aaf85f7f943810b5ac987 crc:fd14c525
jgk.j12 with 4096kb
sha1:d0b83c5ceb558dafb6387445d5cfb4668f2f4386 crc:ce726df0
jgk.j13 with 4096kb
sha1:f81c44e79e18a864abfeb8769f012a6e93679164 crc:6aec2c8d
jgk.j2 with 4096kb
sha1:5518c34d381129c7940de85c476639cafd0e5025 crc:db21bd55
jgk.j3 with 4096kb
sha1:74769053a977cea0324b1198e582f8e712af9a22 crc:605514a8
jgk.j4 with 4096kb
sha1:8c1bb82f38f1757b08c99230454a6e7eca8709f3 crc:bce489b7
jgk.j5 with 4096kb
sha1:afecfb515144963eb819a58ef3b368c20e6fc4ff crc:4a63d242
jgk.j6 with 4096kb
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jgk.j7 with 4096kb
sha1:fa99b4c2d96fb355ff8ba12c2f40ee4d00bb04da crc:b15ff3ee
jgk.j9 with 4096kb
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Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.

LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)

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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip

Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Jack the Giantkiller (c) 1982 Cinematronics.

This game plays a lot like "Donkey Kong" except that the controls are not quite as smooth. There are 5 screens to master if you want to help Jack in his mission. You do not get to play each screen at first, they are added on as you progress through the game. The first time through the game skips from screen 1 right to screen 4.
* The 1st screen is fairly simple, you just have to climb to the top of the beanstalk. There are a few enemies, but they can be defeated by simply tossing beans at them. You can find the beans scattered all around the stalk, and picking one up adds one to your ammunition count (or two, depending on the dip switch settings).
* In the 2nd screen, Jack manuevers through the clouds and attempts to cross the drawbridge into the castle, but lions and birds stand in his way.
* The 3rd screen has Jack climbing the castle stairway in a scene that was obviously inspired by "Donkey Kong". Avoid the cat and the mouse and you can make it to the top.
* On the 4th screen you have to jump from platform to platform until you reach the giant's lair. There will be several treasures, grab the flashing one and try to make your escape.
* The 5th screen is the first one again, except that this time you are climbing down the beanstalk, and you have falling rocks to dodge, and the giant himself may even be after you (that one depends on the level).

After making it back to your house you get to watch a little intermission before going after the next treasure. There are four different treasures altogether. The last one is the princess, when you have her the giant himself will follow you down the beanstalk, and you must chop it down to defeat him. After rescuing the princess the game starts over with increased difficulty.


Jack The Giantkiller was available in 2 different dedicated cabinets, and upright and a cocktail. The cocktail one really lent itself to easy conversion due to the large control panels, so the upright is far more common. The upright machine came in a conservatively designed cabinet that had curves instead of sharp angles. This same cabinet was also used for "Zzyzzyxx", "Naughty Boy", and "Boxing Bugs". The marquee showed Jack about to get squished by a giant boot as he runs over clouds toward the beanstalk, while carrying the golden goose. The sideart was a large sticker and it showed Jack scaling an immense beanstalk while a bearded giant points at him with a menacing look on his face. The monitor bezel shows a few more images of Jack and the Giant, while the control panel contained game instructions. The one really nice thing about the artwork on this machine was that it all actually appears to have been done by the same artist, in the same style, with the same color scheme. So many games seem to have trouble with that. The cocktail version of the game came in a small table format that had woodgrained sides, and control panels on either end. Most cocktail tables tended to have tiny control panels that were in strange places, but the panels on this game were full sized, and were right up next to the monitor with only a slight downward slant to them. The game's top glass had beanstalk graphics bordering the screen, and the control panel overlays were exactly the same as the upright machine, except for a few stripes, and the lack of start buttons on panel for the second player. Some game cabinets just scream out 'easy conversion' to the arcade operator, and this was one of them. The large control panels and 19'' monitor meant that you could easily convert this one into almost anything, so that is what happened to almost all of them. Only the "Joust" cocktail seemed to be even better for conversions, as it had the players sitting side by side. Both machines used a standard 19'' arcade monitor and used a unique wiring harness that was not JAMMA compatible.

Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 1.5 Mhz)
Sound Chips : General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.5 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette Colors : 32

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2 (jump and shoot)


Released in May 1982.

This game is known in Japan as "Treasure Hunt".

Jack the Giantkiller is based on the classic fairytale known as 'Jack And The Beanstalk'.

Mike Klager holds the official record for this game with 9,401,050 points.


Edit this entry: http://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=1211&o=2

Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
60000000 0000 00000000 00000000 See the Dip Switch Menu to enable Invincibility.
00000000 449A 00000006 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives PL1
00000000 40F1 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Ammo PL1
00000000 449B 00000006 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives PL2
00000000 40F2 00000063 FFFFFFFF Infinite Ammo PL2

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file