Bump 'n' Jump

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Not to be confused with Jump 'n Bump.
"Burnin' Rubber" redirects here. This article is about the 1982 arcade game. For the unrelated 1990 game, see Amstrad GX4000. For the 1981 film, see Burning Rubber.
Bump 'n' Jump
Arcade flyer of Bump 'n' Jump.
Arcade flyer of Bump 'n' Jump (1982).
Developer(s) Data East
Sakata SAS (NES)
Publisher(s) Bally Midway
Vic Tokai (NES)
Platform(s) Arcade
Release 1982
Genre(s) Driving game
Mode(s) 1P, 2P (alternating)
Cabinet Upright, cocktail
CPU 1x 6502 @ 750 kHz
Sound 2x AY-3-8910 Namco WSG @ 1.5 MHz MHz
Display Raster, 240 x 256 pixels (Vertical), 16 colors

Bump 'n' Jump, known in Japan as Burnin' Rubber (バーニンラバー Bānin Rabā?), is a 1982 Japanese arcade game created by Data East Corporation, released as both a dedicated board and as part of their DECO Cassette System. The game was published in certain regions by Bally Midway.

In Bump 'n' Jump the goal is to drive from the beginning of a level to the end while bumping enemy vehicles into obstacles and jumping over various large obstacles such as bodies of water.

Screenshot of the NES port (known in Europe and Asia as Buggy Popper).
Screenshot of the C64 version (Called Burnin' Rubber). The player controls the purple car in the centre.


Due to the bird's eye view, players cannot see the large obstacles until it is too late to jump, so the game displays a flashing exclamation point when the large obstacles are about to appear.

The enemy vehicles are separated into cars and trucks. Cars can be bumped into obstacles or jumped upon and destroyed, while trucks cannot be bumped; they can only be jumped upon to destroy them, and will sometimes drop obstacles that will destroy the player or one extra life. At the end of each level players receive bonus points for the number of enemy vehicles crashed. Going from one level to another is characterized by a change of seasons. Players get points for bumping other cars and causing the other cars to crash, but one bonus isn't apparent: If the player completes a level without destroying another car by bumping it or jumping on it, the player receives a 50,000 point bonus (note: cars that run into the debris dropped by dump trucks on their own -- not bumped into it -- do not count against the player toward the bonus).


Ports of the game have also been released on Atari 2600 and Intellivision in 1983, the ColecoVision and Commodore 64 in 1984, and for the Nintendo Entertainment System (published by Vic Tokai) in 1988. The NES version was also released in Japan as Buggy Popper (バギー・ポッパー Bagī Poppā?).

Adding a level of complexity, the NES version of the game also requires that players pick up cans of gasoline that are interspersed throughout each course, as their car uses up fuel steadily throughout the game if the car goes too fast.

The C64 version uses the chorale parts of Johann Sebastian Bach's Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben cantata for the soundtrack.

Highest score[edit]

On 25 December 2011, Charlie Wehner of Missouri beat the Bump 'n' Jump world record with a score of 3,175,880.[1] On 14 September 2013, John McNeill of Brisbane, Australia claimed the world record with a score of 5,869,264 however due to ownership issues with Twin Galaxies at the time, the score was not officially recognised until January 5, 2015.[2]

The world record using MAME was achieved by John McNeill of Brisbane, Australia on 2 March 2012 with a score of 2,531,168.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Spy Hunter, another game where you can bump vehicles off the road

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Twin Galaxies' Bump 'n' Jump High Score Rankings". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Twin Galaxies' Bump 'n' Jump Score Submission". Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Twin Galaxies' Bump 'n' Jump High Score Rankings". Retrieved 8 June 2013. [permanent dead link]