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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 SG-1000 Collect all the bombs, preferably in order…
Bomb Jack SG-1000 Title screen
Bomb Jack Atari ST Be careful of the many creatures chasing you!
Bomb Jack Commodore 64 Round 8

Promo Images

Bomb Jack Screenshot
Bomb Jack Screenshot
Bomb Jack Screenshot
Bomb Jack Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Arcade Archives: Bomb Jack" -- PlayStation 4 title
  • "ボンジャック" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

A very fun arcade game Commodore 64 Westwurtzly (1054)
A truly classic arcade game brought to life superbly ZX Spectrum Martin Smith (66799)
A little different to the coin-op, but just as much fun! Commodore 64 pottyboy (73)

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 92 out of 100 92
Nintendo Acción Game Boy 1993 89 out of 100 89
Amstrad Action Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 84 out of 100 84
N-Force Game Boy Jan, 1993 83 out of 100 83 (UK) Arcade Oct 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1988 74 out of 100 74 Amstrad CPC Feb 02, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1986 3 out of 10 30
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC May, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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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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