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BOOM for Mac

CNET Editors' review

Classic arcade fans will love this game, and we'll bet that even the most advanced gamers will enjoy it too. The gameplay consists of strategically placing bombs to blow up aliens before they get to you. With a classic arcade feel, the game is fully 2D, offering smooth sprite-based animations, eight soundtracks, 80 levels of bomb-exploding action, and a final "Boss" character that will challenge your bombing skills. We like this game not only because it allows us to relive the good old days; it offers plenty of action for beginners to even the most seasoned, trigger-happy veterans.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "non existent customer service"

    June 7, 2011  |   By Mikl777

    Version: BOOM 2.0

    Pros

    unable to review item prior to the trial expiration (7days)

    Cons

    unable to review item prior to the trial expiration (7days)

    Summary

    After the trial period ends without a purchase a nag screen appears with every boot thereafter. The developer refuses to accept responsibility for this nor offer a resolution.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Suitable nostalgia hound game"

    March 5, 2011  |   By spiceyweasel

    Version: BOOM 2.0

    Pros

    Spastic Jarheads hollering OOORAH!

    Cons

    Bombs do not quick detonate.

    Summary

    It's okay to pass the time, but it lacks a few features which would make game play faster.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "bon, bon. le problème est que j'ai une version demo"

    November 9, 2008  |   By ropabach

    Version: BOOM 1.6.2

    Pros

    Je ne sais pas jamais essyè

    Cons

    L'update devrait être gratuit.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My favorite arcade game. Ever. Colorful, friendly, easy (at first) and Fun!"

    August 2, 2006  |   By Tomart

    Version: BOOM 1.5.8

    Pros

    I've been enjoying this game since the early 90s. (An earlier version runs wonderfully on my Centris.) It's the kind of nice, gentle game you can share with your children, or escape with for an hour or more. The graphics are nice and colorful, the characters are cute, the sounds and music are great. Your actions are simple: move up, down, left, right, and drop bombs, so each player only needs five keys (and they let you reassign keys.) The bombs blow up in about ten seconds, so it's easy to get out of the way in time. The bombs are your only weapon and open up the walls of each 'maze' (level) and uncover random prizes where the walls were. Prizes can make your bomb blasts spread farther, or make your bombs explode quicker (and yet you can usually get out of the way, even combined with the larger blast.) And of course health boosts, which can be a lifesaver. :) Oh, and a Shield, which makes you invulnerable for 20 seconds.

    The bad guys become gradually harder to beat, too; each type moves in a distinctive pattern and speed, with some randomness, so that no two plays of a level are ever alike. So there's a nice dynamic of How Close Do I Want To Get to each bad guy: too close and he shoots or touches me (ouch), not close enough and my bomb won't get him.

    There's so much thought put into this game; all 80 levels are unique, yet with several ways to play each one. Every tenth level (10th, 20th, etc) is a big change of scene: instead of a bunch of little enemies milling around, there are one or more big, unmoving Bad Things shooting at you. These guys always know where you are, their aim is better and their shots hurt more. But you'll learn a way around them.

    Try this game, it's free and fun, easy to learn and play, with incredible replay value.

    Cons

    Very little to criticize. I've played it so much that until I get hold of the "short fuse", which could take several levels, the bombs seem to take a long time to blow up. But then once I get it, play speeds up nicely, and I can hold onto it for quite a while on the lower levels. (You lose all your prizes when you lose a life.)

    Also: The free version doesn't let you save, so until you pay the nominal fee, losing your last life means starting all the way back at level one. But they cushion even that blow: you get the option to play three more lives starting at the level you died - which is very nice, letting you practice more to beat your current hardest level. The only downside is not counting your scores during this bonus time, a small price to pay, I'd say.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Godlike."

    December 15, 2005  |   By silent-mind

    Version: BOOM 1.5.3

    Pros

    This game can provide limitless hours of entertainment, because one loss leaves you lusting for more.

    Cons

    In General, I have no real dislikes about the game.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Addictive"

    May 30, 2005  |   By Zakaram

    Version: BOOM 1.5.3

    Pros

    An extremely fun game. It is even better when you play with another person.

    Cons

    The only thing I can think of is in the shareware version, you cannot save games to continue from where you left off.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A truly amazing game!!!"

    February 16, 2005  |   By Dr. Spa

    Version: BOOM 1.5.3

    Pros

    (1) BOOM has brilliant music, in Amiga MOD format!

    (2) Sounds and Graphics are top notch

    (3) The newest version (this one) has never crashed on my mac and I'm sure it wont on yours!

    (4) Brilliant Sprites! From Pigs to ghosts, from soldiers to fire spitting green things... 9 altogether!

    Cons

    I can bearly think of any bad things about BOOM except that you don't get much in return when you regester. It only enables you to save games!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "one little wish"

    November 18, 2003  |   By plasticshore

    Version: BOOM 1.4.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    i love it.. only thing: i once played a similar game where you were not able to walk through placed bombs. So much fun when played with multiple players! Ads a lot of strategy. That would be a great otpion to add. But it is already great the way it is now :)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just super!"

    August 30, 2003  |   By DavidRavenMoon

    Version: BOOM 1.4.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Love it!

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