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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.


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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

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Feb 16, 2002 A- 91
Play Time Jun, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Mega Fun Apr, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Megablast 1993 71 out of 100 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1993 22 out of 40 55


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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,


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.


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

Unicorn Lynx (181679) added Buster Bros. (TurboGrafx CD) on Oct 19, 2010
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