Joe & Mac

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Joe & Mac
Publisher: Takara
Publisher(s) of original games: Data East
Developer(s) of original games: Data East
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Sound driver: Krysalis/Shaun Hollingworth
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.95[1] T-103036
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 044960

Joe & Mac, known as Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja in Europe and Joe & Mac: Caveman Fight (ジョーとマック 戦え原始人) in Japan, is a 1991 platforming action game by Data East, initially released for a DE-manufactured arcade board, but later ported to home consoles such as the Sega Mega Drive (ported by Takara).


You control Joe, a green-haired caveman, as he tries to rescue his and his blue-haired friend Mac's girlfriends, who have been kidnapped by enemy cavemen one night. Joe shoots a weapon by hitting B; he can change the particular weapon by grabbing a new one when it appears (hammers and wheels, for example). A and C both jump, however A has Joe jump higher and curled into a ball; B is a shorter jump that can be used to crush enemies. There is also a 2 player mode that let the second player control Mac; while most ports use a menu at the title screen to select the mode, Takara requires you to hit Start with the second controller at the title screen to play in 2P mode.

Production credits

Promotional material

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<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #52: "November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №56, p56[1]
60 №23, p22/23
62 №17, p34
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
4 reviews

Mega Drive, US
JoeandMac MD US Box.jpg
JoeandMac MD US Cart.jpg
Joe & Mac MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, BR
JoeandMac MD BR Box.jpg
JoeandMac MD BR Cart.jpg
Joeandmac md br manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 85bcc1c7
MD5 9800244038a6235c6d437582aa75f52f
SHA-1 d238ecdbc76affb0b92946a1ee984399b6e8fe27
1MB 1993-11 Cartridge (US)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 056.pdf, page 58