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Bomb Jack - January 12, '01 by D@Z
Game:Bomb JackCompany:Tehkan
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

This was one of my best games I had for my good old Spectrum 128k+ and when I found it in the arcade`s I could see I would be kissing my pocket money goodbye for a while.Oh well,looking back it was well worth it.
I think it was this game I was playing on one day and I had to get the spotty teenager trainee who new as much about arcade machines as I do brain surgery to fix the coin slot about 4 times in the space of 40 minutes,probably all those coins I was throwing in it.
Bomb Jack is a small dude who jumps and flys into bombs,crazy? I think so. Each screen has an array of bombs that you must guide the blue masked flying freak over,each bomb you fly into you get 100 points but if you fly over the one`s with the lit fuse you get double points uummm lets see thats 200 points,I`m so clever ;-),if you collect 20 in a row you get 10,000 points bonus and rises up to 50,000 if you manage all 23 bombs which is not easy to do.
As you fly around collecting the bombs there are a whole host of baddies ready to stop you in your tracks including mechanical birds,robots and ufo`s and if I was you I`d clear the level before they get to the bottom of the screen as they metamorphoses into something you would not like to meet on a dark night.
As you fly up to collect the bombs if you tap the button rapidly he use his cape and will fall much slower allowing you to guide him to more bombs or avoid a nasty encounter with the enemy and if you press jump and up he will fly even higher.
In the game there are handy things flying around,if you collect a disc with a P (Pause) on it you will stop the enemy from moving for a short time and gives you the chance to go bomb hunting a bit easier and you can destroy the frozen enemies to if you fly into them,but beware as they flash they are about to come back to life,also there is a P (power) coin to collect that awards different points depending on the colour (change the colour by jumping).
The B (Bonus) coin appears every 5,000 points, and ups the bonus mulitplier by 1 each time it is collected.
If you collect a S (Special) coin you will be awarded an extra life and will move on to the next level automatically,so you must get this one. Over all I like this game,ok so its not got great graphics or sound but when you play it and then die you think to yourself I could have finished that screen so you go back for more and before you know it your pockets are empty and you are walking out of the arcade`s hoping you spot a coin on the floor before you leave so you can have just one more go.The emulation of this game is top class its a big congrats to the mame team (again) for doing such a great job and also the spectrum emulation guys to as its works pretty good on there emulators to.
Graphics
6
5
Sound
Play Control
8
7
Challenge
Replay Value
6
9
Performance

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