Let’s go back in time to when little Inferno was a teenager. We’re talking 1992. At home we never had any form of gaming console. I did my gaming initially at friends’ houses until Dad bought home a PC in the late 80’s with 5.25” floppy disks and the only form of sound was from the good old internal speaker. The one with eardrum shattering quality. We were used to playing games like Commander Keen and Dangerous Dave.
That year I was in grade 6 at primary school and mum and dad thought it best to buy a new PC for home so that I could do homework on it. Not knowing much about computer hardware back then, this just had a bigger box and a bigger monitor. The PC came with a set of speakers, so I was intrigued to check out what games were on the computer.
I had mum with me and as we scrolled through the list of games, she spotted a game called Jill of the Jungle. We launched the game and were taken aback by the rockin’ tune we were listening to cranking from the speakers as the PC had the latest Sound Blaster card installed. Here it is below for your listening pleasure:
As I was playing, mum and I both had a grin from ear to ear as I started to jump around using the shift button, collecting apples, finding a sword and shooting flame-like birds using the alt button. Eventually I found a key and the game played a sound with a guy singing ‘YEAH!”, and that had mum and I in stitches. My twin sisters were in the room across the hall and thus started many a cry of “can you turn it down?!” Oh man, the memories.
Today I was browsing twitter and blow me down, the legends at GOG.com have re-released Jill of the Jungle: The Complete Series for FREE! That’s so cool!
I raced home from work, downloaded it (a whopping 15mb!!) and started playing it. That grin from ear to ear that I had in 1992 was plastered all over my face once again. My wife Heather was watching me play and commented “what the hell are you playing!?”. “Jill of the Jungle, and I bloody love it!”
This absolute gem of a game has 15 playable levels, including a bonus level, various puzzles including finding keys and gems, transforming into different creatures, and making big jumps once you find the powerup. The trilogy game pack also includes Jill Goes Underground and Jill Saves the Prince, which I actually never played back then! For any oldschool PC gamers, I highly recommend picking this pack up. It’s free, so why wouldn’t ya!?