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Joust NES Video Game

Free Online Web Browser NES Game Play. This NES emulator supports mobile touch devices (i.e Iphone). Complete instructions and keyboard controls towards bottom of the page.

Click ‘Enter’ Key to Start Game. Main keyboard buttons are X and Z.

Click Game Window Size Button to Zoom Game Size between default, 1.5X and 2X

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Keyboard Controls
Gamepad Button Player 1
Left Left Arrow
Right Right Arrow
Up Up Arrow
Down Down Arrow
Start/Pause Enter
Select Ctrl

Click on the game window and hit the ENTER key to start the game (you might have to hit start twice) . On a computer you can click the Game Window Size button to rotate between default, 1.5X and 2.X game window size. On mobile phones and Iphone use the gameplay control buttons shown on your screen (only on mobile) to play and start the game. If you grew up in the 80's you shouldn't need additional gameplay instructions. If you really need help or instructions playing this game, we have the The Official Nintendo Player’s Guide from 1987 to help you out.



How to play Joust(tm)

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The story

In the medieval age, knights were proving their skills and bravery by playing
the game called JOUST. In the future well beyond our knowledge, the knights of
hyperspace are playing their version of JOUST. They saddle up the space
ostrich, and fight with aliens. You must adjust yourself to this unknown
environment called hyperspace. You are not fighting for fame or glory, you are
fighting for your own life. Knock the aliens off before they get to you. It is
not an easy task, but somebody must do it. Can you be the survivor of this
space fight? Good Luck! Believe me you will need it.


How to use the controller

Up: Move up
Down: Move down
Left: Move left
Right: Move right

Select button
Select type of games

Start button
Start game/Pause game

B Button
Launch Smart Bomb (limited quantity)

A Button
Shoot LASER Beam


How to play

Insert the game pak into your NES, and turn on your computer. Use the SELECT
BUTTON to choose a one- or two-player game. Game A is for the beginner and
game B is for the expert. If you want to pause the game, press the START
BUTTON after the game started. Press it again to resume the game. Use the pad
to move your ostrich to the direction you wish. Press A BUTTON to flap slow,
and B BUTTON to flap faster.

As a bird-borne Knight, you ride an ostrich into combat, beginning the game
with five lives. Your opponents are the Buzzard Riders. There are three types,
each more fearsome than the one before. The Bounder (least fearsome); the
Hunter; and the Shadow Lord (most fearsome). The Buzzard Riders attack in

Both you and the Buzzard Riders materialize for the first time in the gray
spaces on top of the ledges. Until a bird and rider fully materialize, they're
protected from attack. Once moving, they become fair game for a joust, in
whcih one mounted Knight attacks another.

If you lose a joust, you lose a life, and you materialize again (if you have
lives remaining) in a gray space. If your opponent loses, his riderless mount
lays an egg in frustration.

The egg then sails through space until it comes to rest on a ledge, or falls
into the lava and is destroyed. If it's on a ledge, pick it up before it
hatches to an menacing opponent.

After the second wave of attacking Buzzard Riders, the Troll's fire burns
away the bridges that kept the jousters safe from the Troll of the Lava Pits.
If the Troll captures you, you may be able to escape by flying away fast and
breaking his grip.

When you've vanquished all your opponent and picked up all the eggs in a wave,
a new wave with new menaces begins.


Playing tips

There is only one way to win the joust. It is to attack from above the
opponent. You must also pick up the eggs as soon as possible. If you leave
them too long they will hatch and will attack you. You should use the A and B
BUTTONS wisely. Use the B BUTTON to move swiftly to attacking hight and
position, then use the A BUTTON to wait for the opponent to come.

To clear the wave, there are many different ways. For example, in wave 1, kill
three Bounders. For wave 2, kill four Bounders. For wave 3, Kill 5 Bounders.
There are some bonus stages also.



Shadow Lord
Pterodactyl - This character will appear from time to time to prevent the game
from going into an endless loop. You can not fight and win with him.


These games are being emulated natively in Javascript. No plug-in is required in your web browser, but the emulator does require a modern web browser. Game speed and emulation only runs as good as your computer or mobile phone. If you have a fast, modern computer these games will run very smoothly.
Sorry, no sound on mobile devices.

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Joust Arcade Game Emulated on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Play Joust in your web browser or mobile phone. This NES emulator provides very accurate Joust gameplay. Joust is a classic 1980s NES video game.