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The mad bomber is on the loose! As he races back and forth at the top of the screen, you need to catch the bombs he drops in buckets of water. One point is earned for each bomb caught, but miss one of the bombs, and Kaboom! As the levels progress, the mad bomber will move faster and faster and drop more and more bombs. You start the game with three buckets, and lose one each time a bomb is missed. The game ends when all of your water buckets are gone.


Kaboom! Atari 8-bit One of my buckets blows up.
Kaboom! Atari 8-bit Title screen
Kaboom! Atari 5200 Catching bombs!!
Kaboom! Atari 8-bit Playing the round.

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User Reviews

One Of Atari's Finest Classics. Atari 2600 Guy Chapman (1999)
Brutal, yet addictive gameplay. Atari 2600 Tantalus (132)
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Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 2006 10 out of 10 100
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 May 06, 2017 A 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Jan 28, 2003 A 100
Retro Game Reviews Atari 2600 Mar 15, 2018 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Atari 2600 Dec 14, 2008 8 out of 10 80
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Oct 30, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 5200 2015 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 May 05, 2001 C 50


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Players who were able to rack up 3,000 points or higher were eligible to receive the "The Activision Bucket Brigade" patch from Activision if they sent in a screenshot to the company. If players were ever to reach the maximum point value of 999,999, Activision encouraged people to send in a screenshot to recognize such a "remarkable achievement". Here is a picture of the "The Activision Bucket Brigade" patch at AtariAge.


  • Arcade Alley Awards
    • 1982 - Best Audio and Visual Effects
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #85 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • Retro Gamer
    • Issue #46 - #9 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll
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