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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.


Bomb Jack Amstrad CPC Bonus Multiplier
Bomb Jack Amiga P disk turn enemies into harmless tokens
Bomb Jack SG-1000 Ran into an enemy
Bomb Jack Commodore 64 Round 7

Promo Images

Bomb Jack Magazine Advertisement
Bomb Jack Screenshot
Bomb Jack Screenshot
Bomb Jack Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Arcade Archives: Bomb Jack" -- Nintendo Switch / PS4 title
  • "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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User Reviews

A very fun arcade game Commodore 64 Wurtzly (1138)
A truly classic arcade game brought to life superbly ZX Spectrum Martin Smith (78232)
A little different to the coin-op, but just as much fun! Commodore 64 pottyboy (73)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1986 9.25 out of 10 92
Nintendo Acción Game Boy 1993 89 out of 100 89
Total! (Germany) Game Boy May, 1996 2.25 out of 6 75
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1988 74 out of 100 74 Amstrad CPC Feb 02, 2012 14 out of 20 70
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Pocket Gamer UK J2ME May 07, 2005 6 out of 10 60
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1988 55 out of 100 55
Computer Gamer Commodore 16, Plus/4 Sep, 1986 6 out of 20 30
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC May, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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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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