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Bomb Jack

MobyRank MobyScore
Mophun
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3.8
Commodore 64
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3.2
Amstrad CPC
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2.5
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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 Amstrad CPC Round 3
Bomb Jack Amstrad CPC You get 200 points for collecting an active bomb
Bomb Jack SG-1000 Collect all the bombs, preferably in order…
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum Power ups turn enemies into collectable points

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

A truly classic arcade game brought to life superbly ZX Spectrum Martin Smith (63136)
A little different to the coin-op, but just as much fun! Commodore 64 pottyboy (67)

The Press Says

Nintendo Acción Game Boy 1993 89 out of 100 89
N-Force Game Boy Jan, 1993 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1989 9 out of 12 75
Total! (Germany) Game Boy May, 1996 2.25 out of 6 75
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1988 74 out of 100 74
Jeuxvideo.com Amstrad CPC Feb 02, 2012 14 out of 20 70
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1988 55 out of 100 55
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
Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Aug, 1986 3 out of 10 30

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
What does the burning bomb fuse mean? 2 lilalurl (778)
Nov 30, 2010

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 M4R14N0 (1283), B.L. Stryker (20702), FatherJack (51882), Kabushi (126364), Martin Smith (63136), festershinetop (9479), Eric THOMMEROT (1415), Terok Nor (19022), Servo (55823) and *Katakis* (37835)