Bomb Jack

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Atari ST
Commodore 64
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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 Atari ST Title screen
Bomb Jack Commodore 64 A land of smiling faces
Bomb Jack Amstrad CPC Jumping
Bomb Jack Game Boy title

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 (63030)
A little different to the coin-op, but just as much fun! Commodore 64 pottyboy (67)

Critic Reviews

Retro Spirit Games Arcade Mar 07, 2013 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 92 out of 100 92
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum May, 1986 9 out of 10 90
N-Force Game Boy Jan, 1993 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Dec, 1992 9 out of 12 75 Amstrad CPC Feb 02, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 12 out of 20 60
Video Games Game Boy Nov, 1992 60 out of 100 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Aug, 1990 40 out of 100 40
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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