MaXploder


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maxploder.gifJohnBMaXploder is a brand new action exploration platform game from Ninjadoodle, creator of the ClickPLAY! series as well as One Button Bob and One Button Arthur. The president needs your help rescuing some archaeologists who have become trapped in an ancient tomb. The catch is that you have to save them by yourself with only your whip-like wits, a generous jumping ability, and an infinite store of bombs!

Run around the single-screen levels with the [arrow] keys and jump by pressing and holding [up]. You can clear some serious air with Max's leaping ability, so feel free to try hopping some of those wide gaps you aren't sure you'll make. Set bombs with the [spacebar], useful for destroying enemies or blasting away bits of loose rock. Work your way through a dozen or so screens, navigating twisted, interconnected passageways as you attempt to pick up each of the 33 archaeologists. Grab them all, then head back to the president for an important game-winning update!

MaXploder is heavy on exploration, even though the game's world is relatively small. Secret passageways are here and there, marked by indented walls, and you have to solve a few simple puzzles and hit a few switches to open doors that block key corridors. Nothing too complex, and nothing you won't be able to suss out over the course of a 15 minute play session. The game's short length and low difficulty are practically it's only drawbacks, as before you know it, you'll have every archaeologist in tow and be staring at the ending panels.

MaXploder is well-built and engaging to play, despite how brief of an experience it is. Not only does the game have an uppercase letter in the middle of its title, it's also got extremely retro pixel art, explosions, scorpions, and lava. Plus, it's an homage to classic games like H.E.R.O., for those of us seasoned enough to remember that far back. MaXploder is a win no matter how you look at it!

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13 Comments

hothotpot Author Profile Page June 23, 2011 2:51 PM

This was so much fun! I was blasting away, exploring caves and rescuing "miners" and then BAM before I knew it, I'd finished! MUCH too short for how much fun it was! I hope they have a sequel out soon!

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Anonymous June 23, 2011 3:01 PM

The game sounds sun (notice how f looks like s in this game), but the bombs fuse is too short meaning that most of your deaths can be caused by exploding, that's my only issue.

By the way, is this a reference to the 33 miners of Chile?

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Shostie Author Profile Page June 23, 2011 3:24 PM

Well, that was a fun way to kill 11.23 minutes.

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Nice game :) I wouldn't mind a few more levels!

By the way, H.E.R.O. was my favorite Atari game :D

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Username Author Profile Page June 23, 2011 5:51 PM

I have yet to find a way to leave a bomb and not explode myself in the process, maybe it's my slow machine.

I also can't get past the three stompers at the top of the one level, they look like the pipes from Mario Bros. only they're grey. As a matter of fact, I can't get past the first one, it always catches me. Either there's a speed upgrade that I have yet to find, or the machine I'm using will slow down my guy while not the mechanics of the game.

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SkylerF Author Profile Page June 23, 2011 6:28 PM

Only found 30 Explorers. I must be missing something here...

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SkylerF Author Profile Page June 23, 2011 6:30 PM

Yeah, I went over all the rooms. Nothing visible and I can't even see the guy I'm supposed to be rescuing!

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someone June 23, 2011 9:22 PM

At the part at the left:

those dotted boxes sure look suspicious...

Those arrows, too.

Those spikes retract for a reason, y'know...

Hit the boxes from below to make them solid.

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Anonymous June 24, 2011 8:16 AM

This was fun and quick!

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Angelade Author Profile Page June 24, 2011 1:00 PM

Haha that was fun! :D An exploration game that wasn't too complicated or open-ended, that was really fun. ^^

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This is excellent. I do hope they make more...

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SkylerF Author Profile Page June 24, 2011 5:13 PM

Hah, got 'em all this time!

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Cool game! I have no idea why this got blammed on Newgrounds, a lot of games are way worse, and still survive.

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