Nicky Boom

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Nicky Boom
Publisher(s) Microïds
Designer(s) Alain Lambin
Dominico Manfredi
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, Windows, Mac OS X, mobile phones
Release date(s) 1992
Genre(s) Side-scrolling platform game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Floppy disk

Nicky Boum (more commonly known as Nicky Boom) is a side-scrolling platform game originally released for the Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and MS-DOS by Microïds in 1992. The game began a second life in 2008, with a remake for smartphones, which was made available for Windows computers late in 2008. It was also ported to the Tapwave Zodiac handheld in 2006.[1] The game is also available for Mac OS X on the Mac App Store.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls a little boy named Nicky. Nicky can walk, jump, and throw apple cores to defend himself. The player can pick up other items to throw at enemies, such as bouncy balls and logs that can be also used to build bridges at certain parts of the levels. Nicky is able to jump on enemies to defeat them, which is often more difficult but lets the monsters drop point items to collect. The game consists of eight levels based on four separate themes, including swamp, forest and castle.[3]

Plot[edit]

The cruel witch Zoldrane has kindapped Nicky's grandfather to force him to help her in making of a terrible spell. The little Nicky embarks on an adventure through a fantastical land to destroy the witch and free his grandfather.

Reception[edit]

According to the review by Amiga Computing (82%), "Nicky Boom is unlikely to be remembered as an all-time Amiga great, but having said that, it does possess that certain addictiveness and fun quality that many games in that genre lack."[4]

Sequel[edit]

The game was followed by a sequel titled Nicky 2 in 1993. In the sequel, Nicky needs to defeat Zoldrane's no less evil but even more powerful sister. To help him to face the new challenge, the boy is given a magical goose by his grandfather.[5] The iPhone version of the game was created and released as Nicky Boom 2 in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicky - News: New game: Nicky Boum". Chrilith.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Mac App Store - Nicky Boom". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ Tim Janssen. "Amiga Reviews: Nicky Boum 1". Amigareviews.leveluphost.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  4. ^ Amiga Computing magazine issue 57 (February 1993)
  5. ^ "Amiga Reviews: Nicky Boum 2". Amigareviews.leveluphost.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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