The first in the series, Jill I was
very popular shareware. I remember the day I first got Jill. It was a long time ago, when I had my second
computer. (it crashed years ago, may it rest in peace lol.) I guess the year was around '96 or so. My
parents and I were in Goose Creek, in a nice little shopping center. My father and I were in a bookstore, and my mother
was in the shop next door, which was a package center. On a rack in that store were various shareware titles, among
them Jill. When my mother returned to the bookstore where we were, she presented me with a colorful envelope
on which a green suited woman was swinging on a vine. Inside was a 3.5 floppy with the game that I have adored
for years. That day was a critical point in my life. I had become a little more like who I am today.
Jill of the Jungle has been incredibly influential on my life, developing my passion for not only dos games, but a fascination
with the time and places in which they originated, and the methods of their creations.
This is a screenshot from Jill I.
There is no real plot to the first game; it mainly is more of an introduction for the player to the world of Jill, and
a demonstration of the stunning graphics and musical sound track. Jill is a pleasant alternative to modern games,
because of its 2d graphics. 3d is all the rage these days, but I can't stand 3d because it gives me motion sickness.
Another reason why I love dos games with such passion is that most are 2d, rather than 3d, but very few games these days
worth playing are 2d anymore.
Be sure to download Jill I and take
an adventure into computer history!
Jill of the Jungle
Jill Goes Underground is the second in the Jill
series. I actually did not get this game until a year ago. Years ago, I wanted to order it, but when I heard that
it cost $15, I was in despair. 15 bucks is a lot of money to an 11 year old! As time went on, I still wanted the
game, but I could never spare the money to purchase it. Eventually, Jill became obsolete, and I figured that I
was doomed to never owning Jill II. I already had Jill I and III, but I was lacking the second title. Then,
I found it on the internet, and at last I obtained my complete trilogy. I played it all the way through the afternoon
I got it and oh it was so good! :oD
Check out the gorgeous graphics in this
scene from "level 0" lol. The unique thing about Jill II is that every time you complete a level, you immediately
start the next level, which is different from Jill I and III. Notice the annoying little bunnies you have to deal with
in this level, they are very hard to kill. They don't exist in any other level in Jill II, or at all in Jill I and III,
so enjoy them! lol Another unique "monster" like creature is the tiny bouncing green ball in the final levels.
Only in Jill II! ;o)
Jill Goes Underground
Alas, Jill Saves the Prince, the last
in the series. Epic Megagames made a huge mistake by not continuing the Jill series beyond III, because it was extremely
popular. I remember the day I got Jill III. It was a dark, stormy afternoon. My mother and I were in
Walmart, where they were cleaning out the last of their 3.5 disk software to make way for the CDs- ending a great age
of computers in the process. All of the titles were on sale for maybe $5 a disk. We bought quite
a few programs that day, one of which Jill III. My good mother, who knew my love of Jill, happened to spot the game
and presented it to me, as she did with Jill I. I was thrilled beyond words to get another game of my beloved
Jill. After we left Walmart, I was filled with eager wonder, imagining what adventures were in store for
me as soon as I got home. My mother had a dentist appointment that day, so I was kept a few hours yet away from
my 2nd computer. There I sat in the quiet waiting room, which was suprisingly dimly lit with soft lamps. Out the
window the black skies released a torrent of rain and explosive thunder. I looked at the box, and marveled at my
glorious fourtune to have encountered one of my loves. When I got home to finally play it, I was overjoyed.
The game was better than I could have ever expected.
Ah the delightful little demons that pop up occasionally
throughout the series. There are quite a few in Jill II and Jill III, but to be honest, I don't believe there are any
in Jill I! (maybe my memory is failing, but I don't think there are!) Anyway, a tip- You can't kill a demon with a knife;
you need the spinning blade. If you keep hitting them with the blade, they will eventually die. You don't get
any points for it, but at least they are out of your beautiful blonde hair! lol
Jill III is an awesome game. If you'll notice,
the stereotypical roles of helpless princess being rescued by the bold and daring prince are quite reversed-- instead it is
the brave warrior woman saving the wimpy (but still handsome!) prince from certain death! lol Talk about a feminist
agenda! lmao Regardless, this is definitely a breathtaking game with marvelous musical soundtrack and graphics, and
very well designed levels! An excellent (albeit untimely) ending to a remarkable trilogy!
Jill Saves the Prince
The astonishingly crudely-drawn figure
in the above image is supossed to be the beautiful and magnificient Jill of the Jungle. This is a "page" in Epic
Megagames' online catalogue that came with Jill I, apparently advertising the Jill series.
All of the Jill games have a fantastic musical
soundtrack. You can download the below file to get an idea of it; these are just midi "remixes" of the original
songs from Jill I.
Music from Jill I
Yes! A stunning find, this rare
Aussie release of Jill yields an awesome box cover graphic for your viewing pleasure! Sadly, the box was mildly damaged, but with a bit of clever editing
on my part, the image looks closer to how it must have originally. Beautiful artwork!