Mighty Bomb Jack is a 1987 release for the Nintendo Entertainment System by Tecmo, which received ports on the Commodore 64, Atari ST and Amiga in 1990. Later, the game was released as a download on the Wii Virtual Console in 2007, though most recently, the the 3DS release as a VC game on the eShop came Dec. 6 marking the first release to a handheld. Mighty Bomb Jack is the sequel to the arcade game Bomb Jack.
The game made its release on the Japanese eShop in September, making a gap between the North American release three months. The game has been featured on the Japanese show called GameCenter CX featuring the show’s star Shinya Arino playing the game before a live audience, which has a fan-translation available at www.gamingcx.com. The game also was featured on episode 6 of the official translation of Retro Game Master, which used to be on Kotaku’s website.
Mighty Bomb Jack is action-adventure game with some arcade elements. The game begins with Jack entering a pyramid to rescue the royal family. The stages are not as simple as clearing every room or grab every item. The first few stages involve a simple adventure scrolling stage with a possible bonus room followed by the arcade-style palace room that, once cleared of bombs, opens the door to proceed. Upon clearing the third stage though, the game divides into different paths to complete the game.
With all the different paths to take, the replay factor is huge. Not only are treasures hidden practically anywhere, but retrieving a sphinx statue will cause a door to a bonus room or alternate route to appear. Jumping off blocks or even empty space could generate a treasure. Be careful about collecting the Mighty Coins that appear, as collecting a total of ten at anytime will mean a trip to the torture chamber, where Jack will go back to zero mighty coins and have to jump 50 times in order to return to the beginning of the stage (dying in the torture chamber will result in a lost life, zero Mighty Coins and returning to the beginning of the stage). The counter in the upper right will help the players keep track of the current inventory of Mighty Coins, which are helpful for opening the orange chests and, with enough Mighty Coins, will turn all the enemies on the screen into coins (only worth 500 points apiece).
One fault that is commonly associated with game is the controls, specifically the jumping and lack of any offensive attacks. After reading through the manual, Mighty Bomb Jack is capable of three default jumps: regular jump by pressing A, high-jump by pressing up and A and the low-jump by pressing down and A. The jumping physics also included the ability to stop a jump by pressing A a second time, which, by tapping A twice quickly would result in a very low jump. Also, Mighty Bomb Jack has the ability to float, which is activated by quickly tapping A. These maneuvers are the evasive moves to avoid the enemies attacks. The P-coin is the only item close to being an offensive item, coupled with the orange-suited Mighty Bomb Jack, by having the ability to turn all the enemies on the screen into coins, which can be helpful whenever the enemy attacks seem to be coming to close for comfort.
After becoming used to the controls, the game is relatively easy to have cooperate with the player’s intent. After awhile, the act of evading enemies will become similar to an open-area Pac-Man. Of course, with only a few lives, a few secrets for advancement are available to proceed as well. Since Mighty Bomb Jack is an action-adventure game primarily, warps can be activated in the game by touching the lit bomb last in the arcade-style Palace Rooms, which appear after the first bomb is taken. Don’t be greedy though, as the game is quick to remind players, as being defeated while in one of the Palace Rooms after warping will result in being sent back to the last round where the Palace Room warps began.
Overall, Mighty Bomb Jack is a good game that, with enough patience to master the controls, can be enjoyed to uncover all the secrets of the game.
For more information helpful to defeating the game, visit http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Mighty_Bomb_Jack.
More information about the 3DS release of Mighty Bomb Jack can be found at Nintendo’s site at http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/8C3nYRsnaDUvVr-7b5s6qL7X7Pa93b_B.
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