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Bomb Jack

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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.


  • アーケードアーカイブス ボンジャック - Japanese Nintendo Switch / PS4 spelling
  • ボンジャック - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Commodore 64 version)

4 People

Level music adapted from (uncredited)



Subject User Date
Browser version Mtik333 (17279) 2020-12-05 16:26:20
What does the burning bomb fuse mean? porg (1) 2010-11-30 20:26:51


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

BBC Micro version

The game was also in development for the BBC Micro, before Elite abandoned the system in late 1987. There are rumours that a few fatally bugged copies hit the shelves before being recalled, but nothing has yet been found.


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.


  • 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)

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  • MobyGames ID: 9617


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Katakis | カタキス.

Wii added by Lance Boyle. Amiga added by B.L. Stryker. Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. Arcade added by FatherJack. PlayStation 4 added by Sciere. SG-1000, J2ME, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Mophun added by Kabushi. Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. Game Boy added by festershinetop. ExEn added by Eric THOMMEROT. PC-88 added by Terok Nor. Atari ST added by Servo. Windows added by big jim.

Additional contributors: Sciere, Martin Smith, Игги Друге, Patrick Bregger, Grandy02, Rik Hideto, Jo ST, FatherJack.

Game added July 8th, 2003. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.