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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Atari 5200 release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. -
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. -
Overall User Score (6 votes) 2.8

Critic Reviews

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Retro Game Reviews (Dec 01, 2018)
Kaboom! is a brilliant title that's held back from true greatness by its somewhat imprecise inputs on the 5200. However, if you're willing to look past the controller issues there's still a fantastically addictive game here, and the inclusion of a two player competitive mode makes this worth the price of admission alone.
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.
The Video Game Critic (May 05, 2001)
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.

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