Chickens feature a lot on Nintendo Switch’s menu this month. After playing a pumped-up chicken in Chicken Assassin, we’re now back getting stuck into another feathered friend in Nitrome’s Bomb Chicken. A comical mix of chickens and explosives sets us up for a bomb-tastic 2D platformer. Lay carefully and waddle this way to get the lowdown…
The story is about a fast food chain called BFC, and its special blue hot sauce. Somehow one of its chickens is given bomb-laying powers and these special powers are the gist of the game. Our protagonist becomes a bomb-laying free range hero and is thrown into a platforming type scenario. You basically need to guide your chicken through room to room collecting enough blue gems to offer to the Gods. Forgetting the goofy story for a moment, Bomb Chicken nails what a good platformer should be about.
Laying exploding eggs is the way to further your journey and there are different ways to utilise your special powers. Firstly, as controls are very basic to say the least, you don’t have the ability to jump, so laying eggs can be used to push you upwards into areas that are otherwise not accessible. Secondly, bombs can be used to blow up your enemy. And lastly bombs can be headbutted towards enemies and distributable parts of the scenery. You’ll discover quickly the benefits of your powers and using them becomes second nature. Each level has different hazards and dangers, from giant spinning razors, bizarre looking creatures to rows of deadly spikes. There’s no shortage of ways to die and die you will.
Bomb Chicken shines in so many areas. Levels are designed in a way that you’ll always overcome each one without losing to much of your fringe. Checkpoints are placed perfectly while restarts unfortunately do make you replay longer sections of levels. But the game seems very fair – we’ve had our fair share of platformers that throw the impossible at you. There’s no feeling like you’re climbing the Himalayas with trench foot here. But don’t get carried away, there are sections that will ruffle your feathers.
Despite Bomb Chicken being influenced by Bomberman, it definitely has its own unique stamp written right across the 27 levels. The chirps spurting out from our protagonist is one. It’s a real headturner for those in the same room as you, unaware you’re locked into handheld mode. And talking of handheld mode, this is a perfect fit. As levels are bite size, it suits its self-up well for burst on the go. 27 levels may not, but what you’re given is deceptively clever platformer with a chirp cheap price tag.
Bomb Chicken is an endearing Nintendo Switch title that bangs out a no frills, solid 2D platformer. Simply brilliant.
Lizard Rating: 8/10