Bombjack II

Publisher: Encore
Machine: Commodore 64/128

Published in Zzap #51

Bomb Jack II

Jack's back! And he's still collecting bombs! But that's not all he's doing! And why am I typing all of these exclamation marks! Following the Bomb Jack tradition, you control the stunted flying super-hero. Played in quasi-3D as opposed to the rather flat dimensions of the original, your aim this time is not to defuse the explosives left lying casually around a series of platforms. No, this time it's to collect bags of treasure, left lying around a series a platforms.

However, life is never simple. I mean, you do have to take the rough with the smooth, you know. For, although you get the opportunity to make yourself dead rich with all this lovely dosh, stalking the platforms are nasty vicious dinosaurs, intent on pushing you over the edge, and sealing your doom!

While the general presentation and overall gameplay of Bomb Jack II is admirable, with detailed (though admittedly miniscule) sprites and colourful backdrops, the game lacks the 'cutesy-pie' factor so noticeable in its predecessor. Saying that, Bomb Jack II is a title worthy of attention if you were a fan of the original, and definitely high in the value-for-money stakes at its new budget price.