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Description

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.

Screenshots

Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum Thew first level is in Egypt
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum Title Screen
Bomb Jack Commodore 64 Round 1
Bomb Jack SG-1000 Falling to the ground

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 (62999)
A little different to the coin-op, but just as much fun! Commodore 64 pottyboy (67)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1986 9.25 out of 10 92
Eurogamer.net (UK) Arcade Oct 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1989 9 out of 12 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Dec, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1988 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com Amstrad CPC Feb 02, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 12 out of 20 60
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME May 07, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1990 40 out of 100 40
Your Commodore Commodore 16, Plus/4 Oct, 1986 3 out of 10 30

Forums

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What does the burning bomb fuse mean? 2 lilalurl (726)
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Trivia

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

Music

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.

Awards

  • 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)

Contributed to by Lance Boyle (1333), B.L. Stryker (20805), FatherJack (58540), Sciere (360829), Kabushi (154886), Martin Smith (62999), festershinetop (9477), Eric THOMMEROT (1415), Terok Nor (21920), Servo (55754) and *Katakis* (38149)