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Bounder

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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4.5
Amstrad CPC
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...
MSX
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4.5
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Description

In Bounder, the player controls a tennis ball that constantly bounces on the screen.

The player has to move the ball around between two bounces so it lands on friendly areas like grass or the main hexagonal-patterned floor. If it lands hazardous areas like spikes and sand, or hits the enemies which move around, one of the seven lives the player starts with is lost. There are beneficial squares though - arrows which keep the ball in the air longer or teleports which clear part of the game.

The 174 screens are divided into 10 levels - at the end of each of these there's a bonus screen.

Screenshots

Bounder ZX Spectrum Title screen
Bounder Commodore 64 A little bonus game at the end of a level
Bounder Commodore 64 Some question marks hold bonuses, others are traps
Bounder Commodore 64 Title screen

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 9.75 out of 10 98
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 97 out of 100 97
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1986 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 68 out of 100 68
Retro Spirit Games Commodore 64 Aug 16, 2013 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60

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Trivia

Compilation

The C16 version was only released in Compilations.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) – Listed in the 'A to Z of Classic Games' article

Contributed to by Rola (7403), Martin Smith (63136) and koffiepad (10010)