Jigoku Meguri

Arcade Video game published 35 years ago by Taito Corp.

Listed in MAME

Jigoku Meguri screenshot

Jigoku Meguri © 1988 Taito.

Jigoku Meguri is a platform game where the player controls a monk. His weapons are bubbles of various colours which can be powered up until they become almost as large as the player. The monk battles snakes, giant eyeballs, ghosts and other enemy creatures.

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Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 8 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2


Jigoku Meguri was released in June 1988 in Japan.

The title of this game translates from Japanese as 'Hell Patrol'.

This game is known outside Japan as "Bonze Adventure".

The main character, Bonze Kackremboh, is a Buddhist monk whose main weapons are Buddhist prayer beads, called 'mala' beads. 'Bonze' is an English word denoting a Buddhist monk or priest. Kackremboh is his given name :). Emma, the lord of the underworld mentioned in the introduction screen, is Emma-O, the Japanese Buddhist god of the Underworld. Traditionally, Emma-O keeps track of a mortal's life and decides the punishment of those sent to the Underworld in accordance with Buddhist law.

If you beat the final boss without transforming into a dragon you are awarded a 'fantastic bonus' of 200000 points.

* Items list
Charm: Bonus points.
Beads: Increases your shot frequency.
Comma Bead: Increases your shot distance.
Red Bead: Fire special attack.
Green Bead: Explosive special attack.
Purple Bead: Thunder special attack.
Mirror: Temporary invincibility. It also allows you to break barriers.
Bonze Doll: Extra life.
Candle: Extra candles.
Kannon Statue: Enables a shield to protect you from one hit.


Game director : Yasumasa Sasabe
Creaters : Crazy-Yoshikawa, Creamy Tetsu
Creature designed by : Junji Yarita
Game design director : Hidehiro Fujiwara
Game designer : Kenshi Kaito
Character designers : Yoshihiko Wakita, Tetsuo Kitagawa, Minori Ishino, Takako Kojima
Hardware director : Takashi Ohara
Art director : Hiroyasu Nagai
Sound directed by : Hisayoshi Ogura
Assistants : Yasuhisa Watanabe, Y. Ohashi, C. Ichikawa


These are Japanese ports only. For ports released outside Japan, please see the non-Japanese version entry; "Bonze Adventure".

japan NEC PC-Engine (aug.3, 1990) "Jigoku Meguri [Model TP02013]"
japan Sony PS2 (jul.28, 2005) "Taito Memories Joukan [Model SLPM-66057]"


Game's ROM.