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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 Game Boy Level 2 with Greek temple
Bomb Jack Game Boy Level 2
Bomb Jack Game Boy Level 3 with medieval architecture
Bomb Jack Game Boy On to level 2

Promo Images

Bomb Jack Screenshot
Bomb Jack Magazine Advertisement
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

There are no reviews for the Game Boy 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.

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Acción 1993 89 out of 100 89
N-Force Jan, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Total! (Germany) May, 1996 2.25 out of 6 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Video Games Nov, 1992 60 out of 100 60


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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)

festershinetop (9633) added Bomb Jack (Game Boy) on Mar 28, 2004
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