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Safari
Box artwork for Safari.
Developer(s)Gremlin Industries
Publisher(s)Gremlin Industries
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Action
System(s)Arcade
Players1
ModesSingle player
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Safari is an arcade game released by Gremlin Industries (in 1977), and licensed to Taito Corporation for Japanese manufacture and distribution; the player must use two four-directional joysticks to move a hunter around the screen and make him shoot at animals with his rifle. In each round, you will have ninety seconds to make the hunter shoot the different types of animals as they approach him in order to score points before they get him - snakes and lions are worth 100 points, wild boars are worth 200 points, and vultures are worth 300 points. If an animal should get the hunter, he will have to go to the "hut" (the white vertical line in the centre of the screen) in order to recover, and lose time for it; as the game progresses, the animals will begin moving faster. As with Hustle, when this game was licensed to Taito Corporation (for Japanese manufacture and distribution), it was released as part of their third "Taitronics T.V." series - and the other games in it were Acrobat (Exidy's Circus), Ball Park (Midway's Tornado Baseball), Ball Park II, (Midway's Double Play), Midway's Blue Shark, Cross Fire, Fisco 400, Flying Fortress II, Gunman, Meadows's Gypsy Juggler, Interceptor, Missile-X (a.k.a Midway's Guided Missile), Road Champions, Space Invaders, Cinematronics's Space Wars, Speed Race, Sub Hunter, Super Block, and Super Highway. Midway later went on to do a sequel to that fifteenth game in 1979 named Super Speed Race, before Taito did their own sequel to it called Super Speed Race Junior in 1985 (which was only released in Japan); it's also worth noting that if you have managed to amass a score of over 3000 points at the end of the game, it will result in 30 further seconds of extended play.