Joe & Mac
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|Joe & Mac|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Eden Entertainment Software|
|Supporting companies: Krisalis Software (audio)|
|Licensor: Data East, Elite Systems|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Publisher(s) of original games: Data East|
|Developer(s) of original games: Data East|
|Sound driver: Krisalis sound driver|
|Number of players: 1-2|
Joe & Mac, known as Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja in Europe and Joe & Mac: Caveman Fight (ジョーとマック 戦え原始人) in Japan, is a 1991 platforming action game for the Sega Mega Drive. It is a port of the Data East arcade game of the same name. It was developed by Eden Entertainment Software (under contract to Elite Systems).
Publishing licenses of this version were granted to Takara in North America, Tec Toy in Brazil, and Codemasters in Europe. While the game was released in North America and Brazil in early 1994, the European version never materialized.
Joe and Mac must rescue a group of cavewomen who were kidnapped by a rival tribe.
The game is a side-scrolling platformer with a prehistoric setting. The player can control Joe, a green-haired caveman, by starting a game through controller port 1 or Mac, a blue-haired caveman, by starting a game through controller port 2. Both characters play identically. A second player can join the game on the title screen or during gameplay by pressingon a second control pad. Levels are short and fast-paced and end with a boss battle. Some levels let the players choose the next level after defeating the boss, though either choice leads to the same subsequent level.
Joe and Mac walk with and and squat with . They jump with and jump off platforms with + or +. They can perform a high jump where they curl into a ball with or with +. Enemies can be defeated by jumping on top of them. In two-player games, one character can jump onto another and then pick him up by pressing + or + and throw him by pressing .
Joe and Mac throw a projectile weapon with . They shoot directly upwards with + and can also shoot while squatting or jumping. They start with throwing axes, which are thrown out at short range but quickly fall to the ground. They acquire different weapons by finding them in eggs. The weapon can be charged to a larger, longer ranged, and more powerful attack by holding , though charging it for too long exhausts the character and costs health.
Joe and Mac have a health meter that goes down as they take damage from enemies. Falling down bottomless pits only costs health and bounces the characters back out. Enemies usually drop food items when they are defeated, which heal Joe or Mac when collected. Characters lose a life when they run out of health. In single-player games, the player restarts from the beginning of the level or the boss fight after losing a life; in two-player games, players have separate lives and Joe or Mac revives by falling from the sky without interrupting gameplay. Characters revert to the throwing axe weapon after losing a life. The game ends for a player when the player runs out of lives but can be continued.
|Food items restore part of Joe or Mac's health and award bonus points.|
|Some enemies carry eggs, which they drop when they are defeated. Eggs can be attacked to break open and often contain a weapon item (but sometimes contain an enemy or nothing).|
|Equips Joe or Mac with flints that are thrown a short distance forward.|
|Equips Joe or Mac with boomerangs that are thrown a short distance and return to the thrower.|
|Equips Joe or Mac with bombs that fall on the ground.|
|Equips Joe or Mac with stone wheels that roll along the ground.|
Some levels let the player choose the next level after defeating the boss.
|Tree (Course A)|
|Cliff (Course B)|
|Pteranodon Waterfall Ride (Course A)|
|River Ride on Dino (Course B)|
|Moving Platform Volcano (Course A)|
|Purple Floor Volcano (Course B)|
|Ribcage (Course A)|
|Lava Pools (Course B)|
|After defeating the final boss, players are given a choice of three paths that lead to slightly different endings.|
|“||We felt we made a faithful copy of the arcade original. We actually took the graphics from the arcade machine and converted them directly for the conversion. The Genesis didn't have enough memory to contain the levels, so we came up with a process where we could copy across new background graphics on the fly so that we could get everything in. The sprites were more of a challenge, but Tim worked really hard to faithfully reproduce the game with the limitations of the Genesis compared to the original arcade machine. We did have to cut back in some areas, but I think they were few and far between.||„|
On the Mega Drive, Joe & Mac is a no-frills arcade conversion, and while some of the graphics have been simplified, the game remains broadly the same. Its Super NES counterpart, on the other hand, is an expansion over the arcade game, featuring longer levels and more content, and a map screen similar to that of Super Mario World. The core gameplay remains identical between all versions, however.
In the arcades, Joe & Mac operates with an internal screen resolution of 256x240, which is then expanded horizontally to fill a 4:3 display. As the resulting pixels would not be square, the art assets are drawn "thin", with normal dimensions being resolved when displayed on-screen.
This is convenient for the Super NES version of Joe & Mac as its internal resolution is 256x224 (meaning the horizontal expansion is roughly the same), however this Mega Drive version operates with a native resolution of 320x224, causing almost every graphic in the game to appear too thin as the assets were not re-drawn. A side effect to this approach is that more of the play area is visible at any one time than in either the arcade or Super NES versions.
- Written by: Tim Round
- Additional Code: Jason Stoat, Stuart Middleton
- Graphics by: Tim Round, Terry Baker, Stuart Middleton, Rob Thursfield, Lee Beckett, Rob Dorney
- Audio by: Krisalis Software Ltd
- Music by: Matt Furniss
- Music Driver by: Shaun Hollingworth
- Testing by: Phil Bradley, Lee Mather, David Fowler
- Special Thanks: Kinya Tago, Phil Bradley, Mike Brown, David Fowler, John Davies, David Powell
- Main article: Joe & Mac/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
ROM dump status
- GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 58
- Interview: Stuart Middleton (2016-05-12) by Sega-16
- File:Joe & Mac MD credits.pdf
- 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 103
- Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 107
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 48
- Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 9, "" (RU; 2002-xx-xx), page 145
- GameFan, "Volume 2, Issue 1: December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 27
- GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 56
- MAN!AC, "06/94" (DE; 1994-05-11), page 63
- Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "July 1994" (UK; 1994-xx-xx), page 22
- Mega, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 34
- MegaTech, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 22
- Sega Zone, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-xx), page 64
- Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 94
- Video Games, "6/94" (DE; 1994-05-25), page 92
- VideoGames, "March 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 79
|Joe & Mac|