Nathan (vovat) wrote,

Jungle Love

I recently watched this review of Jill of the Jungle, a game that I totally remember from when my brother bought the Shareware version. Since our sound card back then wasn't very good, we didn't get the music or the voice samples (no "Girl!" for us), but I did enjoy the game. I mean, how many other games are there where you can turn into a phoenix? Well, maybe there are a lot, but I haven't played them. There were two sequels, and I remember the second, Jill Goes Underground, as being my favorite, if only because you descend into "Heck" and kill an assload of demons with a buzzsaw. The third was Jill Saves the Prince, a deliberate attempt to reverse the trend of male heroes rescuing helpless princesses, in which the Prince of the Jungle is kidnapped by giant green lizard men who want to bulldoze the jungle and build condos. I'm not sure who would buy a condo from a bizarre reptile-human hybrid, but maybe they planned on using a middleman. Incidentally, if I remember correctly, the Prince was just as white as Jill, the lousy descendant of European imperialists.

Speaking of white people in the jungle, I finished reading the original Tarzan of the Apes yesterday. I didn't love it, but it held my interest all the way through, and I enjoyed learning the details of Tarzan's unusual background. It took me a while to read, though, due to my unemployment. Yeah, you'd think I would have MORE time to read when not working, and I really do, but I usually choose to do other things. When I'm working, on the other hand, breaks are usually for reading. One thing I noticed is that Edgar Rice Burroughs made the common mistake of having lions live in the jungle, when they're actually native to the savanna and grasslands. Also, I wonder if I should try reading any of Burroughs' stories about Mars. Regardless, I'm now reading Robert Rankin's The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, which I quite like so far.

Also, happy birthday to speciesof1!
Tags: books, video games

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