Jump Bug - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Jump Bug (1981)

Jump Bug the scrolling platformer is the arcade game for this week’s Retro Arcade Art. Christopher Tupa has once again picked a lesser known title. But an important one as Jump Bug is one of the first games to us Parallax scrolling. A technique to give Players a sense of depth to the game. Believed to be developed by Hoei/Coreland but possibly funded by Alpha Denshi as well. Jump Bug was released by Sega in the Japanese market with Rock-Ola distributing in North America.
Jump Bug - Arcade Marquee

Jump Bug is aptly name. As the Player is tasked with controlling a literally bouncing VW Beetle. As usual with early arcade titles the amount of imagination in the design of the game is incredible.

Jump Bug - Arcade Flyer Archive
Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

The Player can control both the height of the jump as well as descent by way of the joystick. Jump Bug has to navigate through eight different levels. Bouncing on the rooftops of a city or even on the passing clouds. Collecting bulging money bags and jewels and trying to avoid crashing into bad guys along the way.
Jump Bug - City

Besides having the enviable talent of defying gravity of course, Jump Bug also seems equally comfortable under water.
Jump Bug - Under the Sea

Did I forget to mention that in Jump Bug you can also explore ancient pyramids?
Jump Bug - Pyramid

Now our super-powered VW Beetle also has the ability to protect itself. The Player has aid of a fire button that will shoot out a projectile from the front of the car. However the enemies are often very fast or behave erratically. Not to mention the natural dangers you need to avoid such as waterfalls, geyser eruptions, etc.

How about checking out Jump Bug in action?

[Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming

As always with CTupa’s Retro Arcade Art project, you can purchase the artwork featured in this post. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s Official Site to contact him as well as check out more artwork from his project! Might make that perfect gift for the Arcade Addict in your life, right?

Don’t forget to check out CTupa’s previous entries in his Retro Arcade Art Project as well!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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