Bombuzal (DOS)

Bombuzal DOS Main menu

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Description

Little Bombuzal has to blow up bombs on little islands in this puzzle game. In order to advance to the next level, all bombs need to detonate. There are various sizes of bombs. Bigger ones have such a huge blast radius that Bombuzal cannot trigger them directly - instead, he has to explode smaller bombs first and cause a chain reaction. So as one might imagine, later levels turn into loud blastfests that need to be carefully planned.

Besides, later levels introduce all kinds of additional hazards and gimmicks, like ice floors, movable bombs, disappearing ground tiles, and much more. Nobody said being a pyromaniac is easy.

Screenshots

Bombuzal DOS Viewing the map.
Bombuzal DOS This is the 2D view
Bombuzal DOS Slipping off the ice and into oblivion.
Bombuzal DOS Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "Ka-blooey" -- US SNES title
  • "ボンバザル" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Power Play Feb, 1990 75 out of 100 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1989 6.8 out of 12 57

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Trivia

Covermount release

The game was given away free with the first issue of Amiga Power magazine in 1991. That magazine became one of the most respected and successful UK games publications ever.

Development

The game featured 250 levels, and many of these were designed by guests including Andrew Braybrook and Geoff Crammond. Jeff Minter designed a level - when the bombs exploded it left behind a llama and a small pile of dung. Gary Liddon and Gary Penn created a giant ZZAP for one level.

Considering that Tony Crowther and Ross Goodley were involved in the development, that's a lot of talent involved.

Launch title

Bombuzal was a launch title for the SNES.

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #57 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
Information also contributed by Andrew Fisher and Graeme Boxall

Related Web Sites

  • Bombzuka (A Windows remake of Bombuzal made for the 2006 Retro Remakes Competition.)
Xoleras (66108) added Bombuzal (DOS) on Jun 14, 2004
Other platforms contributed by EboMike (3008), Martin Smith (63054) and LepricahnsGold (104260)