When The Bomb Goes Off,

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4.3/5 (262 votes)

The bomb is going to go off in five seconds. This can't be changed. Your task is to guide a bunch of individuals through their final five seconds of life before the bomb does go off. Can you get 100% by helping all of the stick figures attain their goals before being vaporized by the big one? And will it matter?

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Pixelated May 7, 2009 4:44 AM

Haha, simplicity really is the key. Sometimes its a bit vague on what you have to do, but I still like it.

I only got 26% the first time, but I'll be trying again now.


Nice game. It puts the fun back into nihilism and existential angst.

There are a few biting pieces of satire too. My favorite:

What if the last five seconds of your life were spent trying to beat this very game?

Hmm, maybe we should spend less time browsing jayisgames.com ? :-)


My only complaint is that I wish jumping stayed at a steady height across all stick figures. It is hard to calibrate on top of everything else in less than 5 seconds.
First try: 33%, second try: 42%


Regarding the graffiti level:

Cave Story does NOT suck!



Maybe you can find solace in the fact that said statement and the one who made it only exists for a few seconds before ending in a ball of fiery glory.

But yeah, I do agree.


I don't like how the title screen doesn't tell that SPACE, too, is a command. Which makes me wonder if there are additional keys you don't know about and 5 seconds is way too little time to find them.

Other then that, I dig the nihilistic/apocalyptic concept. And the music is cute. Very Fallout.


Very cute game. The music reminds me of the ending of Dr. Strangelove.


I got 40%, 66%, and 83% on my three tries. I think I got every level at least once in those tries, except the landing-on-the-bird one and the out-of-focus one. Really, what in the world are you supposed to do for the out-of-focus level?

(Long division FTW!)

Pyoko123 May 7, 2009 10:16 AM

The one where you have to jump off the building depresses me, especially when listening to sad slipknot songs. I got 40% on my first try, 70% on my second.

micktravis May 7, 2009 10:40 AM

baba: What do you use the space key for?

I got 36%, 46%, 66% and 83%. And now I'm bored! Nice little game though, fun concept.

Joe, for the out-of-focus level:

Just walk left until you're off screen. You're supposed to leave the other person.


Oh, thanks. I figured it had something to do with lining them.


I tried playing this game, but it won't let me. I installed the new Arobe Flash player, but it still says I haven't. I installed the Flash player again and hit refresh like 4 times, but the game says i STILL haven't installed the flash player. :/ What do i do?

chipmunk May 7, 2009 1:32 PM

I reject the notion that criticism would be irrelevant. This is a neat idea for a game, but the controls are terrible, making it more frustrating than fun.

who cares May 7, 2009 2:03 PM

it is cute, not terrifying.

stupidcheeseboy May 7, 2009 2:41 PM

So how do you get past the turtles in the cave and the flying ram? :?


LOL This is really funny! Works better as a funny little interactive experience than an actual game. So I'll save my criticism about the game design.

Splurgy May 7, 2009 3:40 PM

This game made me sad. :/
I suppose that's what makes it stand out. The mere fact that

the maths teacher, the cat and the girlfriend of beer-guy

all died in a fiery explosion makes it seem all so poignant.
Also, why are we using spoilers? We know the ending is that they all die, so I don't see why we should stick to them. I just used one since it's good form.


I had the same promblems as Meh10. I downloaded the latest flash player and it still won't let me play the game. The blue bar came up saying allow the flash player to run on your computer and I pressed it. And I STILL can't play it. This is frustrating. :/


For the "flying ram" level:

jump down into the pit, land on the turtle, then bounce back up to the other side of the pit and run off the left side of the screen.

I, too, cannot figure out what to do with the turtles in the cave.

(I landed on the bird the first time I played, and have been utterly unable to do it since.)

Desmond May 7, 2009 4:33 PM

For the cave

just hop over the enemies and reach the right end of the screen. Seems hard at first but it's actually very easy when you just tap the up-button very shortly.


I take this to entail keeping your plans in order, and that Jack Bauer failed. (to be fair, 24 hours is a lot more time than this game allows)


I like the fact that in some of the levels (ketchup, beer) you move so frustratingly slow. As the PC you don't know the world is about to end, so why would you run? But for the player it can be maddening.

Anonymous Jo May 8, 2009 1:30 AM

How do you finish the graffiti level?

Offriender May 8, 2009 11:27 AM

For the graffiti level

Grab the can, jump on the shed to the right, jump on the ledge to the left, run past the wall there, die.


Five seconds before the bomb goes off, I would want to be in a spot with a really good view.

a person May 23, 2009 2:38 PM

how do grab stuff, like the bottle of ketchup?

me myself and i May 23, 2009 7:08 PM

How do you do the level in the mine with the two turtles?


OMG, atleast for me, when the bomb goes off, I know that I will have died a 'G'




The only one I couldn't figure out how to do at all was the WooTube one, with the dude standing on the platform and the bird-thing flying by. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks. :)


Can anyone help me with the shower level?
First I thought you had to reach the towel, then I thought he might just want to walk naked off the screen after shutting off the water but neither worked. Help?


RE: shower

Turn off the water, then jump onto the edge of the shower. From there you just jump onto the towel, which you grab.

Anonymous June 21, 2009 7:24 PM

can't figure out the cave level, so sad:(


How do you win the level with the dog and the falling t.v. HELP ME!!!!!!!!


They blew up the moon?


Why not? There are plenty of bombs to go around. But, do explosions really turn green like that, if you finish what you're doing first? Perhaps it's one of those economical explosions.

This game is hilarious. I can't stop laughing. It took me about an hour and a half to get 100%. No bonus stage, still zero survivors.

I wouldn't change a thing. I would love to see a When The Bomb Goes Off, part II.

Person of Awesome March 11, 2010 9:28 PM

Very sad when you see it go off and you haven't done it... Especially with the level with the boat (which I assume you have to jump on). I sniffled for a while when I though of how much his life changed when I missed it. Very well done.


The link is broken now.

[Link is fixed now. Thanks for the comment! -Jay]


The only complaint I have is that sometimes I found it hard to feel sorry for stick figures. Maybe I'm just not a compassionate person...


I love this game, for all the reasons mentioned above.

Unfortunately, I've never beaten the cave level. I just can't seem to jump low enough to avoid hitting the stalactites, and on those rare occasions when I do, I can't get enough horizontal distance to jump over the turtles, so I just bounce right off the second one and propel myself up into the spike anyway.

Am I missing something? There is no way one of these minigames should be that much harder than the others.


You know the level when the person is in the cave what do you do because I either die of turtles or the stalacmite from the ceiling SOMEONE HELP ME!


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