Here we have a fantastic conversion of one of the most original arcade videogames that history had to offer. Appearing on most home systems, ‘Bomb Jack’ was able to utilize the full potential of the Commodore 64’s software, thus making the task that much easier for ‘Elite Systems’, the company behind the conversion from arcade to home computer.
The wonders of the world and major cities have been infested by menacing mechanoids, intent on destruction by a campaign of deploying bombs at each site, enter our hero, a caped crusader here to save our planet.. With a simple control dynamic, left, right, jump/fly, the scene is set for one of the most addictive and fun games ever released. Things would be simple, and they are, fly around defusing bombs in order for bonus score, if it wasn’t for the metallic hordes trying to stop you achieving your goal. Swooping robotic vultures, drones and orbs, the myriad of mechanical nightmares is ever present.
Avoiding these can be tricky at times. By hitting jump our hero darts upwards to the dizzy heights, avoiding grounded enemies, however the difficult part is to master flight, this is accomplished by repeatedly tapping the jump button, coupled with left or right to gracefully descend or glide to defuse the multiple explosive threats and alloyed monstrosities.
Bonuses drift and bounce around the arena just waiting to be picked up, anything from halting play to destroying multiple targets in one clean swipe, another temptation if maximum results is desired, however again this can be a double edged sword so to speak as avoiding baddies just to collect a bonus can lead to all sorts of problems so reflexes play a key role, adding to enjoyment and thrills of this masterpiece.
How far can you get? Do you have what it takes to save the world from planted deadly devices and marauding mechanoids and save humanity?
Review by: Rob Joy