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I don’t care how much of a serious triple-A game, No Man’s Sky-playing snob you are; if Kaboom! cannot make you crack a smile, there’s something wrong with you at the very depths of your soul. The graphics are up there in the top tier of any game available for any system in 1981 and the sounds – while minimal – are “2600 realistic” (the crackling of the bombs is particularly impressive). Kaboom! isn’t a perfect game – I would like to have seen game variations that allow you to practice at higher difficulties rather than being pushed back to the very easy first level with each reset – but it’s pretty close.
Kaboom is surprisingly fun, considering just how simple it is. All you do is move a set of "buckets" across the bottom of the screen, catching bombs dropped by the "Mad Bomber". Personally, I was never on board with the fact that those flats things are supposed to be "buckets", but I digress. The game starts out easy but gradually reaches the frantic pace of thirteen bombs per second! This particular edition of Kaboom is identical to the 5200 version, with one big exception. You can use Atari 2600 paddle controllers - and thank God - this game begs for a good paddle. The only difference between this and the original 2600 version are some blocky gray buildings in the background and musical notes that play whenever you catch a bomb. The gameplay is exactly the same, which is a very, very good thing.
Arguably the most fun Atari 2600 game ever, Kaboom is also the one of the simplest.
Kaboom! is without a doubt one of my favorite games and deserves mention as one of the greatest games of all time. Unlike something like The Legend of Zelda, it's not really well known today even though it lead to numerous developments in video game history and stands the test of time as something enjoyable by everyone, even to this day. My mother liked this game, and that's saying a lot because she can't play games worth a shiat. Anyway, I could go on but there's no need to this game gets perfect marks from me in every category, which I've never done. The only bad thing is that with the release of all those Atari retro systems you plug into your television, this title was surprisingly left out of all of them so the only way to play it is on emulator or by actually getting a 2600 or 7800. Probably had to do with the controller issue. Regardless, it deserves a worthy position in video game history and you deserve to play it.
It's surprising to think how many times you'll play over and over again, even after you realize the game never changes. There's no two-player simultaneous option, there aren't any power-ups or changing scenery, and the game is little more than a glorified test of hand-eye coordination. Yet it works.
One thing is for sure, this game will really test your reflexes! This A8 version of the game only has a few small improvements over the 2600 original, mostly in the graphics and sound, but you won’t really care too much as the gameplay is spot on. Kaboom! might be just a fairly simple score attack game but its fast action, great graphics and addictive gameplay will keep you on you toes for a long time to come!
Kaboom! stands as evidence that simple ideas complemented by seamless mechanics will weather the tests of time. The split-second reflexes and precise timing required to excel here is unparalleled by today’s Devil May Cry’s; only through extensive practice will you establish the nimble fingers necessary to see how frantic this title can be, and once you have a taste you'll want more. The only flash presented here is the flickering colors that occur when a bomb touches the ground, but in spite of this I still can’t get enough. Forget sprawling landscapes and characters with clouded pasts necessary to captivate audiences today; all Kaboom! does is throw a bomb-dropping maniac on the screen and ask us to clean up the hectic, free-falling mess he leaves in his wake.
After all, the graphics, sound effects, and controls are great, and the game was ported to pretty much every system around at the time, and is included with the Activision Anthology game even nowadays; heck, there's even an amusing story about how Kaboom! got more attention than Halo when a guy was playing it at a store once! So snag a copy already if you don't already have one, although it's very common, especially since I got my copy for only 25 cents. Pretty sly of Activision there, and it resulted in one of the more original, clever, yet simplistic games of all time.
En tant que jeu de réflexe, Kaboom est une réussite indiscutable, et certainement ce qu'on fait de mieux actuellement. Il faut avoir vu la cadence des bombes dans les dernières vagues pour en être persuadé ! Etourdissant.
Kaboom on the 5200 isn't much of an upgrade from the 2600 version. That isn't to say they simply rushed out a clone for new hardware, but it didn't deliver the same manic play as the 2600 did with it's preferable paddle controllers.
Like most ports of their other Atari 2600 titles, Activision didn't bother sprucing up Kaboom! for the 5200. They just slapped some blocky buildings in the background, and as you catch bombs, the game plays notes from Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (otherwise known as the theme to the Bad News Bears). The only other addition is a "pitch and catch" mode, which allows a second player to be the mad bomber - not a big deal. The 5200 joystick has analog capabilities, so the control is respectable -- but there's really no substitute for a good paddle controller. I'm a pro on the 2600 version, but I couldn't get very far on this one, and didn't find it nearly as fun.