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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 ZX Spectrum One single touch of this bird is deadly
Bomb Jack ZX Spectrum E disk represents an extra life
Bomb Jack Amstrad CPC Round 5
Bomb Jack SG-1000 Stage 2

Promo Images

Bomb Jack Screenshot
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 (1096)
A truly classic arcade game brought to life superbly ZX Spectrum Martin Smith (73468)
A little different to the coin-op, but just as much fun! Commodore 64 pottyboy (73)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Amstrad Action Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1989 9 out of 12 75
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Commodore User Amiga Sep, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 12 out of 20 60
ST Action Atari ST Oct, 1988 55 out of 100 55
Amiga Computing Amiga Nov, 1988 47 out of 100 47
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Aug, 1990 40 out of 100 40
Your Commodore Commodore 16, Plus/4 Oct, 1986 3 out of 10 30


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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


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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