Kaboom! is an action video game developed and published by Activision for the Atari 2600 in 1981. The game was designed by Larry Kaplan, one of the co-founders of Activision. In Kaboom!, the player takes on the role of a “Bucket Brigade” member, attempting to catch bombs dropped by the “Mad Bomber” using a set of three buckets.
The Mad Bomber moves back and forth across the top of the screen, dropping bombs that the player must catch in their buckets. As the player successfully catches more bombs, the Mad Bomber increases the speed at which the bombs are dropped, making the game progressively more challenging. If the player misses a bomb, it explodes, and the player loses one of their buckets. The game ends when the player has lost all three buckets.
Kaboom! was praised for its simple yet addictive gameplay, colorful graphics, and increasing difficulty, which kept players engaged and challenged. The game became one of the most popular titles for the Atari 2600, and its success helped cement Activision’s reputation as a leading developer of video games during the early 1980s.