Title: Bomb Chicken
Platforms: Nintendo Switch (reviewed)
Genre: Action, Puzzle, Platformer, Adventure
Players: Single Player
Release Date: Out Now!
When I first came across Bomb Chicken, it was just a few photos and I thought it was just another 8-bit indie game and thought nothing of it, I thought I was going to forget about it until it popped back up. Bomb Chicken later appeared again this time with a video and the more I watched the video the more it looked like a fun little indie game and I had to at least give it a shot.
I’m a sucker for a classic game, even indie games that look classic but let’s be honest, a lot of people are making these and a lot of people are now using this nostalgia blast to get views or even sales and they’re quite poor. Although they look great and it’s hard to find the good ones because everyone is on that bandwagon at the moment. I’m glad I watched the trailer for Bomb Chicken and jumped at the opportunity to play it. Even quite looking forward to it.
Bomb Chicken is about, well, a chicken with bombs. The chicken that you play, $#!T’s bombs. Literally. Remember Chicken Run the movie? You follow the life of a bunch of chickens on a pie farm awaiting their fate. The same concept goes for Bomb Chicken. But this time they take it one step further. The game is about getting revenge on the people using chickens for cooking.
The gameplay is simple but fun. You use bombs for literally everything. Obstacles? Bombs. Enemies? Bombs. To jump here? Bombs. I wasn’t kidding. There is no limit to how much you can poop out these bombs. At first, the puzzles are easy, getting to areas, around obstacles but it does get difficult. The levels get tougher, the enemies are a lot more challenging. There are even Boss fights that get tougher. So it’s not just your simple ride of a platformer. Albeit short.
While things get tougher and more challenging, it is a lot of fun. You have to be quick-witted at times and it can get frustrating but once you pass a stage that you had a lot of challenge with, once completed, there is a great sense of satisfaction.
Bomb Chicken is easy to play. The gameplay is not hard at all and can be picked up straight away, it is the puzzles that are tough. The game and its puzzles have that retro arcade(y) feel. It’s difficult to explain properly, but you know modern games pulling off the retro game look, they tend to use a lot of gameplay features which normally isn’t a problem but it’s not something you see in older games. Normally because there wasn’t enough space or memory to store that much for retail release. Bomb Chicken has that simplicity of a retro game and utilizes the world around you to make the game challenging and not the gameplay overcomplicated.
Bomb Chicken is a fun game and definitely a game I can see on the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has come a bit of an indie retro dump lately and I love it. A portable console that is so easy to play on the go and play on the big screen is great for indie games like this. I’m glad I came across it and took the chance. This is why a lot of these games go unnoticed and needs more awareness. Bomb Chicken, while not being an AAA title, is an addictive little game that will definitely fill some time gaps.