Arcade Game: Kangaroo (1982 Sun Electronics)



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A platform/run and jump game where you play as kangaroo who must climb and rescue it’s captured baby kangaroo. Numerous monkeys, the kidnappers of her child, roam the levels set on stopping the player’s progress. The monkeys constantly throw apples at the Kangaroo which must either be avoided (either by ducking or jumping, depending on the height of the approaching apple), or punched away, the latter of which allows the Kangaroo to punch the apple back towards the attacking monkey.
If the player stalls for too long or does not punch either an apple or a monkey, a giant ape will appear and steal the Kangaroo’s boxing gloves, leaving the player temporarily defenseless. The gloves are returned after a short time.
Fruit and vegetables litter the levels and can be picked up for bonus points. Each level also has a bell hanging from one of its platforms, which can be punched to make fruit and vegetable items appear. The game consists of 4 different stages, once these are completed the game begins again with an increased level of difficulty.

Note: Used Invincibility cheat. The game is endless so I killed myself afterwards.

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29 Responses

  1. 2199 says:

    The big ape wearing gloves wasnt on the home game?

  2. Daniel Rhone says:

    This 3rd level seems more challenging

  3. Daniel Rhone says:

    One of my favorite arcades from the early 80s. It’s hard to find this arcade nowadays

  4. Gideon Waxfarb says:

    It's a crying shame Kangaroo hasn't made a comeback.

  5. TheHypergod Himself says:

    Its like a crossover of Donkey Kong, Circus Charlie, and Tapper

  6. Todd Biesel says:

    How was this game received in Australia?

  7. Andres Infante says:

    La melodía suena parecida a la del primel nivel de Circus Charlie de famicom nes

  8. Adaryl Fisher says:

    If I had that cheat code I would go back get all my fruit on every stage to run my score up

  9. steve klarke says:

    I wanna see a punch out! game with this kangaroo make it happen pleaseeeeee

  10. Monsterdrumma says:

    I own this on my 5200 now if I can find controllers that don't break I can play it again. I have Popeye also and love both!

  11. RJC 72 says:

    I always thought this was one of the coolest arcade games ever, even though I only ever played the game once. Most arcades I went to back in the day hardly ever had this game. They had all the usual suspects — Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders, etc. — but not Kangaroo.

  12. abobjenkins says:

    I'd forgotten about this game.  It was one of my favorites.

  13. ASPEN PELLOT says:

    Sun Electronics Do You Mean Sunsoft

  14. Michael Welle says:

    Hey that Kangaroo just took my ball!

  15. Justin Osei-Owusu says:

    without donkey Kong there be no games like this

  16. Bort McBort says:

    Basically a variation of Donkey Kong.

  17. 13randon 13axter says:

    Obviously a mame game. The Kangaroo is supposed to make noise when walking, that noise is missing here. Watch gameplay on any actual arcade gameplay video to see what I mean.

  18. Dave Mire says:

    You can poon a million noobs in Call Of Duty, but you can't get through a kiddie kangaroo game without invincibility cheats?!?

  19. Jalentablet K says:

    Use to play this in preschool. We had this and donkey Kong in our gym.

  20. Buzz-Duh says:

    Definitely just heard a Caribbean song that sampled the intro music used before each level!

  21. allen harper says:

    Kangaroos in boxing gloves fighting joey-napping, apple throwing monkeys. Just like in nature!

  22. David Jr says:

    I loved this game back in the day of great arcades.

  23. Chad Gordon says:

    its a run by fruiting (mrs.doubtfire)

  24. MaggieCandy says:

    How is it you didn't die when that nest of apple cores started raining down?

  25. Mitchel Modine says:

    Faster version of stage 3: if you can get Baby K even with one of the ledges you can hop on you can jump over and pass the level. I've only done it successfully once and it was a surprise.

  26. TheGogirl127 says:

    I remember playing this game at this daycamp I went to back in the day.

  27. Stacy Hirsh says:

    I always played this game in the arcade, the good old days 🙂

  28. Peelsock says:

    I always liked the intermission scenes at the end of each level – it was fun to guess what the monkey would throw at the Kangaroo next. It looked like, after Level 7, it would be a tomato(?) each time.

  29. MexboroughBuildings says:

    Loved the 2600 version of this.

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