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Kangaroo


Kangaroo (c) 06/1982 Sun Electronics.


A platform game in which the player controls a mother Kangaroo who must climb through the treetops trying to rescue her captured son. Numerous monkeys, the kidnappers of her child, roam the levels set on stopping the player's progress. The monkeys constantly throw apples at the Kangaroo which must either be avoided (either by ducking or jumping, depending on the height of the approaching apple), or punched away, the latter of which allows the Kangaroo to punch the apple back towards the attacking monkey.


If the player stalls for too long or does not punch either an apple or a monkey, a giant ape will appear and steal the Kangaroo's boxing gloves, leaving the player temporarily defenseless. The gloves are returned after a short time.


Fruit and vegetables litter the levels and can be picked up for bonus points. Each level also has a bell hanging from one of its platforms, which can be punched to make fruit and vegetable items appear. The game consists of four different stages, once these are completed the game begins again with an increased level of difficulty.


- TECHNICAL -


Main CPU : Z80 (@ 2.5 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 2.5 Mhz)

Sound Chips : AY8910 (@ 1.25 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 240 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 24


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 1 (PUNCH)


- TRIVIA -


Also licensed to Atari (07/1982, Game ID : 136008). Approximately 9,800 units were produced by Atari.


David Kirk holds the official record for this game with 921,800 points.


In 1982, Atari released a set of 12 collector pins including : "Missile Command", "Battle Zone", "Tempest", "Asteroids Deluxe", "Space Duel", "Centipede", "Gravitar", "Dig Dug", "Kangaroo", "Xevious", "Millipede" and "Food Fight".


Kangaroo also spawned a cartoon series of the same name : Ruby-Spears Productions. Produced By Joe Ruby, Ken Spears. Aired as part of the second season of 'Saturday Supercade' on CBS.


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Atari 2600 (1983)

Atari 5200 (1983)


* Computers :

Atari 800 (1983)