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Bomb Jack

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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 ZX Spectrum Collect the power ups
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum Loading Screen
Bomb Jack PC-88 Oops...
Bomb Jack Amiga Collect all bombs to finish current level

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 (63028)
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
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1986 9.25 out of 10 92
Nintendo Acción Game Boy 1993 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1989 9 out of 12 75
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1988 74 out of 100 74
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1988 55 out of 100 55
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
Your Commodore Commodore 16, Plus/4 Oct, 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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