Boombot

By Alec Meer on August 28th, 2008 at 2:03 pm.

There aren’t enough games in which you’re indestructible. Even in Superman games and Hulk games you’re kept Earthly by health and energy bars. Madness! There’s nothing wrong with a good old power fantasy, but developers seem determined not to indulge us. This webgame does. In Boombot, you can fall down a hole and have to restart the level, but that’s more error than death as such. More importantly, you can’t be killed even by all the explosions in the world. See this?

Ka-SPLODE

This does not hurt the Boombot, not one bit. For he is INDESTRUCTIBLE.

Which is just as well, as he keeps dropping bombs everywhere. This is an indie physics-puzzle game, as approximately 98.7324235% of indie games now are, and in it you use the power of ‘splodes to fling the wee fella across the level, over assorted obstacles and into a hard-to-reach exit at the other end. There are no direct movement controls, but you can place a bomb anywhere on the screen, anywhere at all. It’s a matter of moving him with the blastforce, and clearing a path by identifying what’s destructible. It’s basic to look at, until you drop a bomb on top of a pyramid of fuel cannisters and the entire screen erupts. Splendid stuff, though I’m stuck on Level 16.

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  1. Bobsy says:

    This game has EXPLOSIVE JAM. What’s not to like?

  2. Stranger says:

    Me 2, level 16, stuck! :(

  3. _Nocturnal says:

    You have to speed him up while he’s falling.
    And after that, 17’s a real treat.
    Though in 18 there’s some kind of zapping rays which also make you restart.

    For some more indestructible gaming, I recommend the first (brilliant!) level of Iron Man, as long as you delete the game from your hard drive right afterwards. They give you a flamethrower too! And play Black Sabbath in the background!

  4. Not-A-Bot says:

    16 was quite easy, use the largest bomb just to the bottom left of him after the first bounce.

  5. mcwizardry says:

    @Alec Meer: On level 16 you have to ignite the bomb at the biggest size while the boombot ist still mid-air. Blow it up above him and slightly to the left.

  6. DrHam says:

    Level 26 is tough…

  7. MeepZero says:

    Awesome little game :D

  8. Bobsy says:

    RPS in not-playing-games-to-completion shock! Boombot is not indestructible. Electricity is his mortal foe! On level 18 they clash for the first time!

  9. El Stevo says:

    Not indestructible: he doesn’t like electricity!

    Level 26 isn’t so bad. Just do a big bomb to get him flying, then a little bomb in midair to give him that little nudge to the finish.

  10. cullnean says:

    ok im stuck on lvl33 any hints?

    never mind stuck on 36

  11. Bobsy says:

    El Stevo is my mortal foe.

  12. Norskov says:

    Stuck on everest too.. :S

  13. mcwizardry says:

    @cullnean: Just go straight upwards. 3 bombs should be enough.

  14. suchchoices says:

    33 is annoying me (cheers for the linkage mr meer!)

    edit: got it. so much trial and fail

  15. mcwizardry says:

    Fun little game, though some puzzles can be easily circumvented.

  16. Bananaphone says:

    43 is a bastard.

    I love the look on his face when a bomb goes off. Pure joy. The little guy loves it.

  17. El Stevo says:

    Finished. I am the Boom King!!

    One thing I will say is that although a lot of the levels seem to be designed towards a particular solution, there is often a better one.

    My solution to level 49 was particularly ingenious!

  18. Bobsy says:

    Yeah, main beef is that levels can set up elaborate trick shots, but are more easily done by a more direct route of bouncing him in the air.

    Okay, level 46. You will not best me.

  19. Mal says:

    I am also the Boom King!

    Reminds me of the Demoman’s sticky-jumping in TF2. Less leg-breakage on landing, however (always good).

    Nice little game, cheers Alec!

  20. suchchoices says:

    El Stevo: bloody hell! had an idea for 49 – nearly pulled it off, just ended up blasting at the wrong angle :/

  21. El Stevo says:

    On 49 I just positioned a couple of TNTs next to each other at the bottom left corner, put the boombot on top, destroyed the platform underneath the exit and… BOOOOOM – up he went.

  22. LoTekK says:

    Stuck on 47 :(

  23. suchchoices says:

    stevo: yup, thats what i figured out too – your ‘ingenious’ comment prompted me to think about what i was doing… ta!

  24. cullnean says:

    woot i r bomb king

  25. MacBeth says:

    Who’s the Boom King? I’m the Boom King (Conchords ftw)

    Yes, too many of them you can just dynamic-bomb him to the exit and ignore the rest of the level… still good though. 50 is quite tricky indeed.

  26. Noc says:

    I’m a bit stuck on 45. Not because it’s hard, but because all the crap going off in the background slows my framerate and makes precision juggling very difficult.

    But speaking of juggling, you can do most of the levels with it. And speaking of levels, they, on the whole, don’t seem to be very good, in the sense that they tend to be more obstacle course than puzzle, and don’t seem to offer a variety of challenges as the game goes on. And there’s a bunch where he clearly just ran out of ideas.

    Still, it’s alright.

  27. Mystic Sneg says:

    Feeling slightly retarded stuck on 13…..
    then it works straight off after I type that.

  28. c0wb0ys7y13 says:

    got board after lvl 33. that game is alright i guess.

  29. Björn says:

    When I saw this I knew it reminded me of something. A bit of searching and I found it, Classic PuffBOMB, where you have a limited amount of bombs too, but you place them all out at the start (with delays if you want/need) and then press play. And no extra exploding materials.

    The website says there’s a new version in the making, but that’s a message from 2007… so I wouldn’t hold my breath. Bit of a shame, because the classic version is not really a finished game, and as I remember it doesn’t allow for any saving. Youtube video of the game here.

    Worth checking out if you have Windows or Mac.

    Oh, and there’s Blast Miner I guess, which has those “blast the gold to the right place” levels

  30. AlexW says:

    This game is processor-intensive and a half. It uses up all my spare horsepower while idle!

  31. Zonderic says:

    Also boom king. Makes this old work PC sound constipated.

  32. RC-1290'Dreadnought' says:

    I want a bloody level builder!!!

  33. Aftershock says:

    wow. Stuck on 16 ey?

    Heh, i didn’t even notice that one go past. the only one ive had trouble with is 30.

  34. monkeymonster says:

    Shakes fist at 47

  35. monkeymonster says:

    woot and even a yay :D
    thanks once again RPS for making all my workmates shake their head in disbelief as they walk past my desk!

  36. Bobsy says:

    Finally I too am the Boom King. Funnily enough it was level 50 that had me stumped for the longest.

  37. sockpuppetclock says:

    I AM THE BOOM KING MUAHAHHA

  38. Rei Onryou says:

    Chalk up another Boom King.

  39. ash says:

    i rule

  40. fdfdgfffffff says:

    help on 14

  41. fdfdgfffffff says:

    help please stuck on 15

  42. Uraniumsteel says:

    Level 26: Use a big bomb to blow a hole in the bricks of the tower next to the exit. Then use a large bomb to blow him over in between those two towers. Use another bomb while he’s falling to push him through the gap.

  43. x Holly x says:

    If anyone knows how to do level 17 please reply i am stuck thx…x

  44. tiaa says:

    PLEASE HELP ME WITH LEVEL 16!

  45. me says:

    i stuck on 45 it is so annoying i tried for bout an hour to do it but i just cant so freaking annoying

  46. da boom king says:

    i am the true boom king, lvl 50 is all about timing him through the electricity and bouncing him out of the way. my strategy was to creat a small hole in the lower left to reduce maximum explosion of other oil cans(they fall right thru!) and by bombing him in midair to avoid it, i got lvl 50 in 3 trys.

  47. kirbykirby74 says:

    at the menu there is a cheat infanate bombs…click and click level 16 then bomb drop your way to the exit.