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Jungle King - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


The player controls a Tarzan-like jungle man who must swing across vines in the forest, swim through a crocodile-infested river, jump and duck rocks while climbing a hill and rescue his woman from a pair of barbaric cannibals.

Jungle King was produced by Taito in 1982.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Jungle King was produced include: Janputer, Space Cruiser, Zarzon, T.T Mahjong, Space Seeker, Birdie King, Electric Yo-Yo, Front Line, Jungle Boy, and Jungle Hunt


Name Jungle King
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8258
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Taito Classic
Game Specific Jungle King Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Jungle King Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 1 - Jump/Knife
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 260 lbs
Instructions Jungle King Instructions Image
Bezel Jungle King Bezel Image
Control Panel Jungle King Control Panel Image
Side Art Jungle King Side Art Image

Game Introduction

The game has four screens: a forest of swinging vines, a river of crocodiles, a hill of falling rocks and a camp where two native African warriors dance around striking their spears up and down where our hero's woman dangles above a boiling cauldron.

Game Play

On the first level, the player presses the fire button to make the Tarzan character jump from vine to vine. Since the jump range is limited, you will need to wait until the time is right before leaping towards the next vine. Avoid the monkeys who can knock the player character from the vine.

On the second level, use the joystick to move Tarzan around the screen in order to avoid the hungry crocodiles. Press the fire button to stab the enemies with the knife, but only when their mouths are partly or fully closed. Avoid the ascending air bubbles as these will trap your character and invetably drag you into an approaching crocodile. Be sure to return to the surface periodically so Tarzan can catch a quick breath, otherwise he will drown.

For the third level, push the joystick left or right to have Tarzan run either slower or faster. Press the fire button to jump over the small rocks. To avoid the larger boulders, you must either jump, run or duck by pulling down on the joystick.

On the fourth level, Tarzan must jump over and between the natives while their spears are down. After that, Tarzan must jump toward the woman when she has been lowered enough for him to reach her. This becomes more difficult as the levels progress since another native later appears on the tree nearby throwing spears directly at the player characterone at a time.

After the woman has been rescued, it says "Congratulations!" and then a cute intermission plays featuring Tarzan and his woman together along with a message saying "I Love You!" followed by the woman kissing Tarzan. Afterwards, the levels begin again, but with an increased difficulty.

Jungle King KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.27 (7 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.51

Overall Like 4.33
Fun (Social) 3.40
Fun (Solo) 4.33
Collector Desire 2.86

Technical Rating: 3.38

Gameplay 4.17
Graphics 3.17
Originality 3.33
Sound/Music 2.83

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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The game features the familiar Tarzan yell at certain parts of the game. Taito later released a nearly identical game called Jungle Hunt after the trustees of Edgar Rice Burroughs' estate, the people who own the rights to Tarzan, sued them for copyright infringement for using the character's likeness. In Jungle Hunt, the Tarzan character was replaced with a jungle explorer clad in a pith-helmet and safari jacket. On the first level, the vines were replaced by ropes. Also, there is no Tarzan yell at all throughout the game. Taito also released a third title called Pirate Pete that is the same except that all the characters were dressed as pirates and the backgrounds were pirate-themed.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Jungle King Census

There are 14,850 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,514 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,994 machines (6,922 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 161 known instances of this machine owned by Jungle King collectors who are active members. Of these, 98 of them are original dedicated machines. 8 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 55 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Jungle King machines for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Jungle King circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 10 active VAPS members currently looking for Jungle King. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Jungle King circuit board set.

This game ranks a 44 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 15 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



  1. Jungle King
  2. Jungle Hunt
  3. Pirate Pete


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 145; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 98; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 145; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright (front European?)
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 2 402.50 402.50
2018 1 590.00 590.00
All Years 3 590.00 465.00


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