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Description

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.

Screenshots

Buster Bros. Amiga Paris - those nasty balloons killed Pang again
Buster Bros. TurboGrafx CD Temple Angkor Wat. Check out the force field!..
Buster Bros. Arcade World map
Buster Bros. Atari ST Level complete!

Promo Images

Buster Bros. Magazine Advertisement
Buster Bros. Magazine Advertisement Pages 2-3
Buster Bros. Magazine Advertisement Page 75
Buster Bros. Magazine Advertisement

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 Amiga Katakis | カタキス (42788)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
The One Amiga Oct, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Power Unlimited Game Boy Jan, 1994 8.5 out of 10 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Nov, 1990 840 out of 1000 84
Raze Amiga Mar, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Video Games Game Boy Dec, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Jul 05, 2020 14 out of 20 70
Retro Archives Game Boy Jul 05, 2020 13 out of 20 65
Play Time Game Boy Jan, 1994 50 out of 100 50

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Trivia

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,

Inspiration

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.

Awards

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

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