When it comes to paddle games,I have deep-rooted love for Super Breakout, and I’ve got nothing but respect for Pong, the granddaddy of them all. But when push comes to shove, Kaboom! has got to be my favorite.
The gameplay is great, and dead simple. A mad bomber is dropping bombs from the top of the screen rather quickly, and you have to catch them with a bucket before they reach the bottom. There is no strategy and no skills to master. It is hand/eye co-ordination stripped of all the bells and whistles, which is awesome, but it isn’t why this is my favorite paddle game.
The game has one of the greatest names of any video game ever. “Kaboom!” It is memorable, it evokes strong imagery, and it is onomatopoeic. If you ask me, you can rarely go wrong with onomatopoeia. And the exclamation point is just icing on the cake. Yet neither is this my reason for loving Kaboom! above all other paddle games.
And I just love the mad bomber. He’s so sad when you are catching his bombs. And then he’s so happy when you miss a bomb.Presumably, he’s thinking about all the dead, the dying, and the permanently maimed. He’s so cute. But even this is not the best thing about this great, great game.
No, my favorite thing about the game is this box art: