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Bug Bomber

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Commodore 64
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DOS
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3.0
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Description

A computer’s mazelike circuitry is infected with bugs, and you have been sent in to destroy them. You are armed with bombs, mines, blockades, and various types of hatchlings, which when released will track the bugs and hopefully stop them.

The basic gameplay is inspired by Dynablaster, but it differs because there is more than one way to kill the foes off. Depending on which way you push the joystick as you press fire, you will either release a quick-exploding bomb, a proximity mine, or a hatchling. Collecting ‘EN’ symbols will restore your energy, and ‘IQ’ symbols increase the ability of your hatchlings to track and hit your foes. Be careful when placing blocks; it is possible to shut yourself in.

The single-player game gives you three lives, plus another when you complete each of the 50 levels. The multi-player game can be played in 2 different ways – co-operative (work together to clear the computer of bugs) or competitive (Dynablaster-style free-for-all destruction).

Screenshots

Bug Bomber Amiga Make it red
Bug Bomber Commodore 64 Game start
Bug Bomber Amiga 4 player menu
Bug Bomber DOS Level completion (VGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "Bugbomber" -- Alternate spelling

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The Press Says

64'er Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 9 out of 10 90
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1992 83 out of 100 83
Power Play DOS Nov, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Commodore 64 May, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1992 64 out of 100 64
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1992 56 out of 100 56

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Awards

  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #83 “Readers' Top 100”

Contributed to by Riemann80 (18287), Kabushi (125895) and Martin Smith (63134)