Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Bomb Jack'

Rating:5 User: The Dean of Games

1986 Elite (UK)
by Paul Holmes, Andy Williams and Karen Trueman

How do you reinvent Pac-Man? Have you noticed that almost every game has the old dot eating man as their inspiration? From the simple collect objects (like dots) /avoid baddies found in games like Manic Miner to the complex missions of recent games such as 'Medal of Honour', where each mission, or a part of it, could represent a dot. Pac-man is always present.

But isn't life like a Pac-man game? Aren't we always searching for something or trying to resolve daily life preoccupations? Aren't we all eating dots after dots and avoiding life's ghosts?

Bomb Jack, another reinvented Pac-Man game, is one of the most playable, addictive games ever. It wouldn't be fair to call it original. But who cares! BJ is still a treat to play.