In this Jack The Nipper sequel, naughty toddler Jack finds himself in Africa with the aim to go through 192 screens of pure platform action. Jack the Nipper II: The Coconut Capers (full title) is really fun and humorous to play but you must also move very carefully. This game was a standard 8bit home-computer release back in the mid 80s.
STORY / GAMEPLAY As jack and his family travel to Australia, our hero is quite unhappy with this, so he jumps off the plane using his nappy (!) as parachute and lands in the middle of an African jungle. It seems that all this "escape" went all wrong since now he is exposed to great danger and must confront wild animals and natives having some...coconuts(!) as a weapon. This sequel is really funny, huge and the graphics are really different from one area to the next. There are many screens to explore and it’s easy to get lost. You must always be on alert to face either upcoming enemies (like bats, birds, humans, elephants etc, all with a very funny and cartoonish appearance) or even deadly pits, waters, lava and so on. Most of the time you must make a quick decision before someone or something finally kills you. Some of the nasties can be avoided just by jumping over them and some others must be killed using... coconuts (!) Note: You have a limited amount of coconuts so you must try to find more. Jack The Nipper II is really fun to play but quite tricky to progress. It’s a rather difficult platform game and you must move very carefully all the time. Eventually, the action is entertaining and there are lots of funny details like some enemies that wear sunglasses or when Jack picks his nose every time he waits for your next move! Jack the Nipper II is among our favorite 8bit games back in the days (and still is)!
GRAPHICS / SOUND The C64/128 version has nice graphics with a variety of cool details (like jungles, rivers, temples etc). Comparably, the CPC version looks better due to its colors. The backgrounds and the sprites move way faster and smoother on the C64 version which makes the game even more playable. The C64 sound is nice, with a funny intro tune and several funny sound effects during gameplay (along with some short-tunes here and there, when you pick up a bonus or a coconut).