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In Bomb Jack, the player controls Jack, who must collect all the bombs in order to complete the current round and go onto the next one. This sounds easy, right? Wrong! Making Jack's task difficult are numerous enemies such as birds, mummies, turtles, and orbs.

In each round, collecting a number of bombs results in a bonus coin appearing, and collecting this coin will make the player's score increase 2 to 4 times. More often than not, the "power ball" appears, and when you collect this, you can defeat enemies and have more time to collect all the bombs. There is also the "E" coin, which gives Jack one additional life, but rarely does this coin appear.

The more you progress through the game, the more difficult it becomes, as enemies travel more quickly to get you.


Bomb Jack Amstrad CPC Round 3
Bomb Jack Amiga Collect all bombs to finish current level
Bomb Jack SG-1000 Ran into an enemy
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum There are many levels all with different backgrounds

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Alternate Titles

  • "Arcade Archives: Bomb Jack" -- PlayStation 4 title

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User Reviews

A truly classic arcade game brought to life superbly ZX Spectrum Martin Smith (62902)
A little different to the coin-op, but just as much fun! Commodore 64 pottyboy (67)

Critic Reviews

N-Force Game Boy Jan, 1993 83 out of 100 83 Amstrad CPC Feb 02, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME May 07, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 47 out of 100 47
Zzap! Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1987 43 out of 100 43
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1990 40 out of 100 40
Computer Gamer Commodore 16, Plus/4 Sep, 1986 6 out of 20 30
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1986 3 out of 10 30


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1001 Video Games

Bomb Jack appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Background graphics

The two sides of the original tape for the C16 version had different background graphics


The A BGM of the original arcade game is in fact a cover of the theme song of the animated TV series Spoon obasan (Mrs. Pepperpot), sung by Mari Iijima.


  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1987 - #20 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

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