Boombot


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Anyone who follows Jay is Games knows our penchant for high explosives. Well, actually, it's mostly just me. I mean, look at the games I've reviewed so far. Cannons, tanks, demolition, and more cannons. Maybe I should be concerned about this? I mean, John does all the peaceful games: Music Catch, Floating Islands, Now Boarding... Ah well. Old habits die hard. Let's blow stuff up with NinjaKiwi!

Boombot is a actiony-puzzly-physicy-bomby game from the makers of Bloons, More Bloons, Even More Bloons, and much more. Your job, as some sort of evil omniscient explosives technician, is to maneuver an itty-bitty robot called Boombot to the exit of each level. Aside from the black bombs under your control, you'll have to manipulate TNT, oil drums, and nitroglycerin Senso-Gel to clear all fifty levels.

You'll find yourself launching your robot buddy around the stage, crashing him into solid walls and bouncy mats in your quest to guide him away from your self-imposed artillery range. (Although wouldn't it be much simpler to just teach the robot how to walk to the exit? Gunpowder doesn't come cheap, you know.)

Analysis: The concept is beautifully simple and well-executed. The game's difficulty ramps up nicely, so that by your first real challenges you've got aiming down pat. For those who prefer a bit more ease, an Unlimited Bombs option is available.

The graphics aren't overly cartoony, but feel distinctly pulled from a kid's cartoon. From the big black globes with lit fuses to the conveniently labeled red boxes alongside the sparkly jars of highly explosive liquids, the simple and distinct visuals contribute to the light-hearted, somewhat silly atmosphere.

You'll find yourself wanting to blast your way through all fifty levels in one sitting. And there's nothing wrong with that. (Although if you work for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots, I might recommend keeping the volume down.)

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102 Comments

Omg, level two is really hard!
I can't get the little guy to explode upwards high enough to get him over the wall.

This game really isn't that great in my opinion. I think it deserved a bit in a weekend download, but not a full review.


[Edit: What's not so great? It passed our panel of discriminating judges to make it to a full review. If you're going to diss a game, at least offer some constructive criticism, please. Thanks! :) -Jay]

Hold the mouse button down to make a larger explosion.

finished the game. some later levels were absurdly easy, since you could just bomb straight for the exit. the hardest ones were when you had limited bombs.

To help Sloth out a bit, the levels were often ridiculously simple, even at later levels. You could usually see what the game's author thought was the "best" way to get to the goal, but then you had 10 bombs and could just launch yourself there in a roundabout way that didn't make use of any of the special items on the level. Or, the level would rely on luck or seemingly overly-precise timing. Very few of the levels were of the "puzzle" variety.

Then again, I did come back here to see if anyone had any tips for level 45 "Cannon"(the first one that I didn't immediately see a solution for).

--Ironically, I solved it a couple of attempts later with pure luck.

I dropped the column of TNT behind me and made it explode as early as I could. I got bounced around, and just barely cleared the mess of crates. I then used my extra bombs (two or three left, and used them all) to propel myself to the goal.

I can not for the life of me finish level 49, "bricks". I see how the creator wants me to do it, but when I hit one tnt crate it blows up the entire chain. I have also tried blowing everything then simply using bombs to go all the way to the top. I can't seem to figure it out. Help anyone?

Never mind that last post. I manged to use the jump all the way to the top strategy, but I realized it's possible to go up the given stairs by moving the tnt before moving up the stairs.

Hey guys, glad some of you liked the game. We designed the game foremost to be fun - which is why many levels have multiple solutions, and yes sometimes very easy solutions. I think even the easy levels are still fun to play. We've never laughed as much during game testing as we have with Boombot, I think it touched something primal. Do people like it enough to want more levels for it?

A seriously enjoyable one! Fantastic audio, easy gameplay...

My faourite ones were those where you just exploded one bomb and watch the chain reaction - usually the ones with many oil balls :)

My only complaint being that some of the levels are just trial and error - too sharp timing is required.

The concept is fine, the execution is appalling. There's almost never any need for the items, and you just end up brute-forcing your way through. I'd suggest reducing the blast radius/making the objects more stable (so you don't knock the whole elaborate setup over every time you set a bomb) and creating large no-bomb areas so you have to use the items in clever ways.

This game is so much fun!

I am a peaceful gamer by nature but I think I have discovered my inner 'let's blow stuff up'ness.

Mwhahahahahaha!

M. Den! What have you done?!

Ninja kiwi! Primal. Yes, that is the word!
Give me more!

great game

If explosions were going on when you won a level around where you start on the next level, then the guy will flinch.

awesome game!!!
definitely would like more levels!
One of the more addictive flash games i've played... :)

Is that a Flight of the Conchords reference at the end? If not, it should be :)

More levels please!

Very casual game by nature, and much more relaxing than something like Bloons where I end up getting frustrated.

This reminds me greatly of Classic PuffBOMB . The only difference is that you create your explosions in real time, which makes the game a lot more interactive (less The Incredible Machine and more Bloons, which is appropriate :)

Who's the boom king? I'm the boom king!

I am really liking this game but I am having trouble getting past level 17 Balance. Are there any strategies people can suggest?

Dragonfly
level 17

I shot the bot off to the left on to the top of the TNT pile

then ignited the TNT to shoot the bot top right and allow it to descend vertically to the exit.

I did need to set off a few bombs to counter a few wrong bounces and guide it over the vertical drop.

you prob already worked it out tho!!

I can't get past lv.30!!!

Is level 19 really just having to hop from each "island" to another? It seems a bit ridiculously hard to do, so I feel like maybe I'm missing something?

Danielle
Level 19

It is pretty much island hopping, but you can always explode another bomb mid-jump if your bot isnt going to land where you want him to

MailOrderYaks - yes its a nod to FOTC, we're kiwis too after all :)

Anyone a hint or solution on level 47?

Stuck on 23 anyone? Help?

Level 23:

All I did was blow up the bricks holding up the oil barrels.

I have to say I enjoyed the game. Only played the first bit though. I will play it more later. The more complex levels take a bit of time.

Help! I can't get out of level 42. Can me help someone?

I don't really know why you tagged this game "macwinlinux", as it uses shockwave flash and there is no shockwave plugin for linux.
(It is possible to get shockwave to work using wine and a windows-version firefox, but as I don't want to do that, this game won't start for me)

ok, forget what I just wrote... there is a shockwave plugin for linux firefox AND I even got it installed O.o

So why is all I see an empty browser window when I try to start the game?

how do you get past level 47 (save it)? i've been stuck on it for 2 days! ARGGHH

I really enjoyed this game and would definitely play more levels. I also liked the fact that you could skip a level if you just coudn't get it done, like my cousin who's 9.

Thanks!

About level 19:

It's possible to get across with just one bomb, if you land the bot right on the jar of Senso-Gel in the middle. The blast will "bounce" the bot right across to the exit.

level 33 anyone?

Sure some of the levels are easy and on lots you can cheat your way to get to the goal. But I've spent the last hour with a big grin on my fat face.

I need help on level 36! I have come so far and yet cannot figure it out. Help!

Wow, beat it! That was fun. What a great game, it's just a shame that there isn't a quality option because it almost locked up with all the explosions several times.

For 36

Move both TNTs to the space under the bricks you're standing on. Detonate them.

I need help on 47...

Thank you so much. You have no idea how much you helped me! I seriously feel dumb now because i was trying to bounce up there!

Can anyone help out with lv 42?

42 was really tricky... personally I found it to be the hardest level in the game. Here is how I solved it:

1. After the TNT tower falls you usually get two TNT boxes on the platform with you. I used my first bomb to "hop" on top of the two boxes.

2. I blew my second bomb from below in an effort to throw the little man up onto the high platform.

-95% of the time I have already failed by this point

3. I then with my third bomb blow away all the bricks and jelly and the rest of the TNT.

4. Then hopefully your guy is still on the platform (he only ever stayed up there twice for me) Assumeing he is I use my last bomb to shoot him to the exit. DONE!!

Another way to beat 42:

Let the TNT tower fall, and a couple of boxes will indeed land just to your right. Then use a BIG bomb at the exit to destroy everything in the vicinity. Then use a bomb just to the right of the two boxes next to you -- this shoots the robot straight across to the black-bouncy-thing on the left, he rebounds off that up to the ice ramp, and with careful timing, you can use your remaining bombs to herd him to the exit.

is level 24 as simple as blasting yourself across from the slope to the bricks, then over to the exit? I can't do it!! I've been trying for hours!! Well...minutes

@Cactus
I was stuck on that too

Level 24

I used a large bomb under his *right* foot. This bounces him off the left edge of screen and slowly onto the icy slope.

This gives you plenty of time to get a large bomb ready and blast him on to the layer of bricks as he slides past.

Once on the bricks just do a large bomb under him to knock him onto the exit door.

How I was able to beat level 42.

1.) Wait for the TNT to fall from above.
2.) Use a bomb on the door way to clear everything
3.) Use a bomb behind your guy next to the TNT and launch into the doorway.

Anyone have any wisdom for level 45?

i loved it. i stopped playing at the level 23 tough, but i will continue playing later.

For anyone else who has been plagued with level 47 as I have been over the past few days, I am here to provide you with the sweet release that is the solution:

Destroy the nitro jar immediately, that should cause the falling tnt box to land on the platform underneath the exit. If it doesn't then you've done it wrong and need to reset. Then you need to get the other tnt box on the ice platform also onto the platform underneath the exit. There should now be two tnt boxes there. Get the robot over there and then simply explode your way upwards and towards the next level. Hooray!

I'm stuck on 26. Can't seem to figure it out.

I may be the only one, but I've never really liked Bloons and this one. The ideas are definitely good, but some levels seem completely arbitrary and it appears as if the maker got lazy somewhere in there.

level 48 plz

Still need 33!

For level 48:

You need to launch the robot into the middle at the right time for the second explosion (the boxes on the left) to shoot him up to the exit.

Level 48

Wait until the box is about to hit the 2 nitro jars below you, then blast Boombot to the right and the shockwave from the nitro should blow him up to the exit.

33:

i blew the middle tnt crate, then (there's only the gel on the bottom) just worked my way up.

26:

a test of how well you can juggle the guy - explode a bomb in midair to kick him over a lil

45:

this one's weird.. i took out the floor under the tnt, so that only the tnt would drop (try to have as few crates drop as possible), then popped up the boombot as they fell so that the tnt would under him. exploding the tnt sends him over the "cannon", use a last bomb if needed to push him in.

any one have a walk through for 29?

Level 49:

On the first step, push the TNT to the left with a bomb until it falls off, then detonate all the other TNT. Hop the robot on top of the remaining TNT and blast off.

help on 15 hourglass level

Here's how I did 50:

First take out the two bricks in the upper part of the area separating Boombot from the Oil with one small explosion so that none of the oils light on fire. Next, and here's the tricky part, blow the Boombot up and over the hole you just made so to land or fly over the icy-looking area. After that, it's simple, just continue using bombs to go down and then once you're on the bottom to blast right to the portal. Getting through the little gap at the beginning is kinda hard. You might have to use two bombs. One to go up, and then while in the air, another to go left. But it can be done.

Easy, first you have to make a hole in the bottom platform to the left, so when the barrel drop down they will fall in the hole and won't exploded the platform, than you make your way to the portal...

The barrel were the difficulty so if u blow them in the hole no problem there !

Um... can anyone help me with level 13?

Er... Never mind lol I got it

Ummm...I feel like a fool. I made it all the way to level 36, then looked at the help given here (thanks, all!) and just now learned...I can MOVE those little TNT things?

*sigh*

On the last part (50),
bomb the 2 bricks from a little bit left at the center of them, that makes robot lay to the right as the blocks explode.
And immediately blow a bomb at the right bottom of the robot as it lays down to the left.
That will jump him over the hole.

hw do you do level 49 ?
=D i got blown up on my first bomb lol

Please help me with level 46 ! I'm crying right now because it's so frustrating.

Can you tell me how to do level 45?

anyone know how to beat 42?

Who is the BoomKing?
I am.
Only level I got stuck on was 45, other were fine. Good luck,

From BoomKingJames

level 30 anyone?

help
on level
13 please

Owned it in bout 15 minutes last level is so easy.

Does anyone know hoew to do level 30? I'm stuck!

~~Brooke

How do you do lvl 24, it's doing my nut in!

Please, I need help with 18.

Jay, please help me get past level 26. I'm stuck at level 26. :(

How do you pass Level 29? It's too quick, lol

help with 24 please

Haze level 29 is easy. All you have to do is blow up the TNT under you and then bomb your way to the exit!! Lol.

OMG I must be crazy because I can't get past 17

On level 24, to get to the wall, get a big bomb slightly left of his head.

HELP!!! lvl 16 is so hard ive been stuck on it for 2 days i get how to do it (I think) it just wont work help please!

lvl 13 need help

LEVEL 22!! HELP PLEASEEEEE

Please i need help with level 30 i cant figure it out!!!

how do you pass level 46??

Help with level 40 please!

A lot of times you can just go on unlimited bombs and continously blast yourself upwards. It helps on multiple levels, I should know, I finished.


lvl 47?
(the level where, do nothing
and see 1 explosion on another)

bomb small in middle
(TNT flys to the right)

then bomb the top TNT to fly right
(should see 2 TNT on right ledge)

get bomber man on top of the two....
AND LAUNCH!!!

Level 27 anyone?

can anyone help me with level 49 "bricks"?

im stuck on level 16 can someone help

Can someone tell me how to beat level 36? I have no idea how to beat it!!! i spent an hour tring to figure it out! can someone please help?

-VirtualVillagerLover

How do you win in level 44?

Help on level 44? Please????

14 help, please

anyone... plz help on level 40!!!!! I've been stuck for like 30 minutes!!!!

I am stuck on 37!!!!!!!!

I really need help on the level named "everest"

But heres the tip for 16

Launch directly into the bottom box of the stack on the left, if you get lucky you will stay on the cube, then launch into doorway.

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