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Pang is a platform game which consists of 50 levels in total. It can be played with one or two players on the same screen, and the other player can join anytime within the game.

Your goal is to destroy the balloons which bounce around the playfield. To accomplish this, you can shoot hooks which travel upwards, and blow up any balloon they touch. Depending on their size, they either split on two smaller ones, or evaporate if they're at their minimum size. Apart from balloons, some levels also have barriers that have to be destroyed with your hooks, since they often block your access to balloons. There are also some barriers which cannot ever be destroyed. Your character has the ability to climb ladders, but cannot jump.

You can also pick up power-ups such as: the ability to fire two shots at once, the hook that attaches to the ceiling and waits 'til something bumps into it, a gun which has a high rate of fire but cannot destroy barriers. Beside extra weapons, you can also pick certain things like clock (halting time for a small period), dynamite (reducing all balls to minimum size, thus making you able to reach more points), life, and such.


Buster Bros. Amiga Athens - take hourglass to slowdown balloons
Buster Bros. Amiga Egypt - no lives left, game over
Buster Bros. Amiga New York - just split balloon into two smaller
Buster Bros. Amiga Paris - those nasty balloons killed Pang again

Promo Images

Buster Bros. Magazine Advertisement Page 75
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Alternate Titles

  • "Pomping World" -- Japanese title
  • "Pang" -- European title
  • "Buster Brothers" -- US in-game Game Boy title
  • "ポンピングワールド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

We're forever bursting bubbles Katakis | カタキス (40955) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Amiga Power May, 1991 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1990 96 out of 100 96
The One Oct, 1990 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga Oct, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Format Dec, 1990 87 out of 100 87
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1990 840 out of 1000 84
Zzap! Nov, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Joker Feb, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1990 9.6 out of 12 80
Power Play Mar, 1991 73 out of 100 73


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1001 Video Games

Pang appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled NES version

A NES version was advertised but never materialized,


The game's basic idea of shooting balloons to split them into smaller ones came from a 1983 title (also by Hudson Soft) called Bubble Buster. As far as I know, the game only appeared on the Sinclair Spectrum system, marketed by Sinclair themselves.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #11 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

MAT (199712) added Buster Bros. (Amiga) on Jan 16, 2004
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