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Kaboom! (Atari 2600)

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Written by  :  Guy Chapman (1744)
Written on  :  Jun 04, 2004
Platform  :  Atari 2600
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Summary

One Of Atari's Finest Classics.

The Good

"The Mad Bomber" was one of video game's earliest banes of existence. The fast-action (that continues to get faster with every level), keeps the replayability level high enough to keep players pushing past "just one more level". The graphics are simple, but the animation is charming (splashes of water, the Mad Bomber's expression).

The Bad

There reaches a point to where it's not possible that any sane person could keep up to the level of speed found in the later levels. Despite the many emulations of this game since, none ever quite captures the precision of Atari's paddle controller.

The Bottom Line

This is truly one of Activision's and the Atari 2600's earliest and finest games. The game is quick, fun, and challenging, and its gameplay appeal still holds up as well as it did 20+ years ago. It's been released on every Activision compilation since, and while the lack of a paddle control hinders the overall experience, the quality of its addictive gameplay still holds true. A classic in every possible way.