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The mad bomber is on the loose! As he races back and forth at the top of the screen, you need to catch the bombs he drops in buckets of water. One point is earned for each bomb caught, but miss one of the bombs, and Kaboom! As the levels progress, the mad bomber will move faster and faster and drop more and more bombs. You start the game with three buckets, and lose one each time a bomb is missed. The game ends when all of your water buckets are gone.


Kaboom! Atari 2600 Miss a bomb, and Kaboom!
Kaboom! Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode
Kaboom! Atari 2600 Catching bombs with water buckets
Kaboom! Atari 2600 Only one water bucket left...

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User Reviews

One Of Atari's Finest Classics. Guy Chapman (2001) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Brutal, yet addictive gameplay. Tantalus (132) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Great Atari classic! VortexS130 (106) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Aug 15, 2001 A 100
Game Freaks 365 2006 10 out of 10 100
Woodgrain Wonderland May 06, 2017 A 100
Retro Game Reviews Mar 15, 2018 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
HonestGamers Dec 14, 2008 8 out of 10 80
The Atari Times Oct 30, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Tilt Sep, 1982 4 out of 6 67


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Players who were able to rack up 3,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the "Bucket Brigade" patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company. If players were ever to reach the maximum point value of 999,999, Activision encouraged people to send in a screenshot to recognize such a "remarkable achievement".


  • Arcade Alley Awards
    • 1982 - Best Audio and Visual Effects
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #85 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • Retro Gamer
    • Issue #46 - #9 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll
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Servo (57398) added Kaboom! (Atari 2600) on Apr 15, 2003
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