Sonic Boom (1987 video game)

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Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Sega
Source Software (EU)
Composer(s) Katsuhiro Hayashi
Platform(s) Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Release Arcade Amiga Amstrad CPC Atari ST Commodore 64 ZX Spectrum
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) up to 2 players
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Sega System 16
CPU 68000, Z80
Sound YM2151
Display 320 x 224

Sonic Boom (ソニック・ブーム?, Sonikku Būmu) is a 1987 vertical scrolling shooter arcade game created by Sega.


The first stage.

The player, piloting an airplane fighter, begins with a single gun (as with most scrolling shooters) and can power up by collecting power ups dropped by certain colored enemies. The power ups can add a ship to the fighter's left and right sides and increase shot power and range. They can also drop bombs, which can wipe out all weak enemies on screen and do massive damage to stronger enemies.


Sonic Boom was ported to the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.


Review scores
Publication Score
CVG 53%[6]
Crash 59%[4]
Sinclair User 60%[5]
Your Sinclair 5/10[3]

Sonic Boom received mixed to negative reviews.

Crash had said that it plays very much like Flying Shark and "doesn't offer anything that hasn't already been seen".[7]

The Games Machine rated the Atari ST version 79%, the Amiga version 78%, the ZX Spectrum version 76%, the Amstrad CPC version 37% and the Commodore 64 version 64%.[8]

Zzap!64 rated the Commodore 64 version 52% and the Amiga version 58%.[9]

Amiga Action rated the Amiga version 49%.[10]


  1. ^ "Arcade Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Home Computer Release Dates". Retrieved 2013-11-06.  at MobyGames
  3. ^ "Your Sinclair Review". June 1990. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Crash Home Computer Review". June 1990. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Sinclair User Review". June 1990. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Computer and Video Games Review". June 1990. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  7. ^ "Crash Review". May 1988. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  8. ^ "The Games Machine Review". June 1990. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Zzap!64 Review". August 1990. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  10. ^ "Amiga Action Review". July 1990. Retrieved 2013-11-09.