Joe & Mac

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Joe & Mac
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Takara
Developer:
Supporting companies:
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
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9559.95[1] T-103036
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
BR
044960
Tectoy: Todas as Idades
Non-Sega versions

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.

Story

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Introduction

Joe and Mac must rescue a group of cavewomen who were kidnapped by a rival tribe.

Gameplay

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 pressing  START  on 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 Left and Right and squat with Down. They jump with C and jump off platforms with Down+A or Down+C. They can perform a high jump where they curl into a ball with A or with Up+C. 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 Down+A or Down+C and throw him by pressing B.

Joe and Mac throw a projectile weapon with B. They shoot directly upwards with Up+B 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 B, 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.

Items

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Food
Food items restore part of Joe or Mac's health and award bonus points.
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Egg
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).
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Flint
Equips Joe or Mac with flints that are thrown a short distance forward.
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Boomerang
Equips Joe or Mac with boomerangs that are thrown a short distance and return to the thrower.
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Fire
Equips Joe or Mac with bombs that fall on the ground.
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Stone Wheel
Equips Joe or Mac with stone wheels that roll along the ground.

Levels

Some levels let the player choose the next level after defeating the boss.

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Big Dino

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Water Bridge

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Tree (Course A)

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Cliff (Course B)

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Waterlogs

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Pteranodon Waterfall Ride (Course A)

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River Ride on Dino (Course B)

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First Volcano

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Moving Platform Volcano (Course A)

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Purple Floor Volcano (Course B)

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Fall Stage

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Dino Graveyard

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Ribcage (Course A)

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Lava Pools (Course B)

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Stomach
After defeating the final boss, players are given a choice of three paths that lead to slightly different endings.

History

Development

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.

Stuart Middleton[2]


Versions

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.

Production credits

  • 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
Source:
In-game credits
Joe & Mac MD credits.pdf
[3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Joe & Mac/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

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Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[4]
Cool Gamer (RU)
60
[5]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
70
[6]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 9 (RU)
70
[7]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
80
[8]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[9]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
65
[10]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
60
[11]
Mega (UK) NTSC-U
62
[12]
MegaTech (UK) NTSC-U
45
[13]
Sega Zone (UK) NTSC-U
69
[14]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
64
[15]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
66
[16]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
60
[17]
Sega Mega Drive
64
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Joe & Mac

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Joe & Mac MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
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Cover
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Cart
Joeandmac md br manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 85bcc1c7
MD5 9800244038a6235c6d437582aa75f52f
SHA-1 d238ecdbc76affb0b92946a1ee984399b6e8fe27
1MB 1993-11 Cartridge (US)

References


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