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Released: 1981

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: Atari 2600

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Larry Kaplan

Submitted by: Hagen Dragmire

Kaboom for the Atari 2600 is a classic cart that tests your reflexes. I remember playing this game over and over again when I was a kid. For some reason I just couldn't put it down.

The premise of the game is simple. You are protecting the area below (likely the city) from an escaped convict who is dropping bombs. You control 3 platforms which you move back and forth with the paddle controller. If a bomb reaches the bottom, they blow up and you lose a platform. This continues until the bombs hit the ground 3 times, then it's game over. After every round the bomber gets faster and faster, until he is ridiculously fast; which is why I love it!

The sound is simple, yet effective. There is no music which to me is typical of a majority of 2600 games. The controls are spot on and very tight just like many of the paddle controller games. Another great thing is that the paddle controller is 2 paddles for one port, which mean instant 2 player support!

Kaboom is an addicting game that will test even the most hardcore high score gurus and to this day keeps me coming back for more.