Kaboom! (video game)

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Kaboom!
Kaboomcover.jpg
Developer(s) Activision
Publisher(s) Activision
Designer(s) Larry Kaplan
Platform(s) Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family
Release date(s) Atari 2600 Atari 8-bit family Atari 5200
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player, Two players
Distribution Cartridge

Kaboom! is an Atari 2600 game designed by Larry Kaplan and published by Activision in 1981. It was well-received and successful commercially, selling over one million cartridges by 1983.[citation needed]

Kaboom! is an unauthorized adaptation of the 1978 Atari coin-op Avalanche. The gameplay of both games is fundamentally the same, but Kaboom! was re-themed to be about a mad bomber instead of falling rocks.

Gameplay[edit]

Kaboom! on the Atari 2600

Gameplay in Kaboom! consists of using a paddle controller to catch bombs dropped by the "Mad Bomber" with a set of three buckets. Points are scored for every bomb caught, extra buckets (maximum of three) are awarded at every 1,000 points, and one bucket is lost every time a bomb is missed. As the game progresses, the "Mad Bomber" traverses the top of the screen much more erratically, dropping bombs at increasingly higher speeds, making each of the seven higher levels more difficult.

When Kaboom! was originally sold, anyone who scored above 3,000 points could send Activision a picture of his or her television screen to receive membership in the Activision Bucket Brigade and a Bucket Brigade patch.

While the "Mad Bomber" is dropping bombs, he has an unhappy face. If the player misses and a bomb is dropped, he smiles while the bombs on the screen explode. The game manual mentions that something "special" will happen after 10,000 points. When the player reaches that score threshold, the "Mad Bomber"'s face appears surprised/upset, even if the player drops a bomb.

The highest score possible is 999,999, which can be accomplished in 2 hours 46 minutes with perfect continuous play. The game ends with bombs frozen in mid air and the buckets disappearing.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
Allgame 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Video Game Critic A [2]

Kaboom! is considered to be a "classic" Atari 2600 game. Allgame editor Scott Alan Marriott described Kaboom! as "...one of those games that you'll put away for awhile, pick up every now and then, and play for hours at a time".[3] The Video Game Critic described Kaboom! as "Arguably the most fun Atari 2600 game ever".[4]

Ports[edit]

Kaboom! was later released for the Atari 5200 and the Atari 8-bit family of computers.

A 16-bit remake for the Super Nintendo was in the works at some point, but the game was never released.[5][6]

In the late 1990s, a keychain version of the game was created by Tiger Electronics.[7]

Kaboom! was one of the titles included on the Activision Anthology compilation.

In June 2010, Kaboom! was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for Windows-based PCs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Kaboom! - Review". Allgame. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Video Game Critic's Atari 2600 Reviews". videogamecritic.net. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Kaboom! - Review". Allgame. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Video Game Critic's Atari 2600 Reviews". videogamecritic.net. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  5. ^ SNES.page
  6. ^ Kaboom: the Mad Bomber returns
  7. ^ Tiger Keychains

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