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Bomb Jack (ZX Spectrum)

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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 ZX Spectrum All next levels have same backgrounds but different ledges
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum Title Screen
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum Loading Screen
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum Power ups turn enemies into collectable points

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User Reviews

A truly classic arcade game brought to life superbly Martin Smith (63068) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair May, 1986 9 out of 10 90

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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)

Martin Smith (63068) added Bomb Jack (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 01, 2004
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