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Bomb Chicken
Bomb Chicken greenlight icon
The game's icon on Steam Greenlight
Developer Nitrome
Projected release Nintendo Switch: July 12, 2018[1]
Steam: TBA
Platforms PC[2], Mac[2], Nintendo Switch[1]
Genres Exploration, puzzle, platformer
Credits Programming
Tomas Normand[3]
Art
Gustav Kilman[3]
Jon Annal[4]
Music
Dave Cowen[5]

Bomb Chicken is an exploration puzzle platformer that was released for Nintendo Switch on July 12, 2018 in the Americas and Europe[1] and will be released on a later date in Japan[6]. The game will be released later on Steam for PC[2] and Mac[2] as well. Bomb Chicken was first announced on March 16th, 2017, and posted to Steam Greenlight the same day. On March 20th, 2018, Nitrome announced that the game would be released for the Nintendo Switch. The player controls a chicken that can lay multiple bombs.

Game description

Lay bombs to Destroy, Shield, Climb, Dig, Roll, Bounce and Burn in this explosive exploration platformer. After a freak accident a seemingly ordinary chicken becomes a bomb laying free range hero! Discover the darkest kept secret of the fast food giant known as BFC and their best selling, addictive blue hot sauce and answer the ultimate question which came first the chicken or the bomb?[1]

Controls

Nintendo Switch

  • Analog stick [7] - Move chicken

The game can be played with one Joy-Con[8]. HD rumble is supported[1].

Steam

The Steam version of the game will have controller support[9].

Gameplay

The player plays as a chicken that can lay bombs and lay multiple bombs on top of each other, the chicken moving upwards when doing this. These bombs will explode after a period of time[10]. The player can kick them by touching them, which will cause them to move straight in the direction they were kicked. These bombs can kill enemies and also harm the player[11].

Worlds

Bomb Chicken has three explorable worlds[1].

Enemies

  • Slimes - Jumps in an arc[12]. Can be killed by kicking a bomb into them[13].
  • Dark helmet slimes - Seen stationary and jumping up during the March 2018 Nindies Showcase[14].
  • Natives - Initially stationary, but will dash towards the player upon them appearing in front or behind them[12][14][7]. Can be killed by a bomb explosion[14].
  • Plants - Shoots seeds upward[12].
  • People - Walks horizontally[13] or are stationary[7]. Can be killed by bombs or landing on their head[13]. Kills the player on contact[15]. People wearing different headwear are encountered[13][14][7].
  • Masked turnips - Walks[13]. Can occur embedded in the ground with only their stem visible and then jump out and begin walking[13]. Can be killed by landing on their head[13].
  • Bats - Fly horizontally[7]. Can be killed by bombs[16].
  • Beetle - Encountered sleeping, but wakes when encountered by the player[13]. Roars when awoken, then begins spinning and moves toward the player[13]. Can be stunned, whereupon it can be damaged by bombs[14].
  • Flaming skulls[17] - Unknown.

Hazards

  • Saws[12] - Unknown.
  • Spike squares[13] - Unknown.
  • Turrets - Automatically moves on a track[13]. Locks on to the player and fires bullets[13].
  • Lava balls - Fired up from lava[13].
  • Chicken chopper - Left-moving saw that is activated by a button[13].
  • Spikes[14] - Unknown.
  • Arrow shooting rocks - Shoots arrows[14]. Arrows are redirected downwards if they hit a bomb[14].
  • Blue hot sauce - Coats platforms and propels up a line of spikes that travels along it[14].
  • Crushers - Moves vertically and will kill the player if it crushes them[7].

Interactive objects

  • Buttons - Activate game components[12].
  • Conveyor belts - Moves entities on it to the left[13].
  • One-way chutes - Drops the player downwards and cannot be passed from below[7].
  • Pipes - Takes the player to another room when entered[7].
  • Red doors - Takes the player to another room[7].
  • Barrels - Moves forward when pushed and can destroy blocks[7].
  • Screens - Placed diagonally at corners[14]. Unknown function.
  • Cards - Can be collected and used to pass yellow-light gates[7].

Pick-ups

  • Gems - Can be collected and spent at shrines[7].
  • Treasure chests - Opened with a bomb explosion[15]. Contains gems[15].

Obstacles

  • Destructible blocks - Can be destroyed by bombs[13]. Some blocks have gems on them, which yield gems when destroyed[13].
  • Wooden barriers - Can be destroyed[13].
  • Gates - Blocks the players path. Red-light gates are lifted by activating a switch while yellow-light gates require the player to have a card[7].

Announcements

  • March 16th, 2017 - Nitrome first announces the game via Twitter with a trailer. A copy of the trailer is also uploaded to their YouTube channel.
  • March 18th, 2017 - Bomb Chicken is 74% of the way to being in the top 100 games on Steam Greenlight.
  • March 19th, 2017 - The game is announced to be 90% of the way to the top 100 games on Steam Greenlight. It later enters the top 100 list and at spot 98.
  • March 20th, 2017 - Bomb Chicken reaches spot 56 on the Steam Greenlight rankings.
  • March 21st, 2017 - The game climbs to spot 44.
  • March 22nd, 2017 - Bomb Chicken reaches spot number 34.
  • March 23rd, 2017 - The game ranks 25th on Steam Greenlight.
  • March 24th, 2017 - Bomb Chicken reaches spot 20 on Steam Greenlight.
  • March 25th, 2017 - Bomb Chicken climbs to spot 17 on Steam Greenlight.
  • March 28th, 2017 - Bomb Chicken is greenlit on Steam Greenlight.
  • March 20th, 2018 - Bomb Chicken is announced for Nintendo Switch.

Development

Bomb Chicken was originally being developed for the iOS and Android systems, but later shifted to being a PC title as Nitrome felt that the game's gameplay was more suited for that platform and it was also a platform they had been interested in pursuing[18]. Bomb Chicken was announced on March 16th, 2017, and was posted to Steam Greenlight on this day[19]. On March 19th, the game entered the top 100 Steam Greenlight games[20], and from then until March 25th ranked higher and higher in the top 100[20]. The game was greenlit on March 28th[20]. On May 16th, Nitrome mentioned that the game was very likely going to be released in 2017[21], but later in November said that the game would not be meeting this date[22].

When asked about adding adding Steam trading cards, the game's soundtrack in some form, achievements, and leaderboards, Nitrome said that they will likely be added[9]. Nitrome mentioned that a version of the game for Macintosh computers was likely, but one for the Linux operating system would require consideration[23].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Nitrome on Dropbox: Bomb+Chicken+Fact+Sheet.pdf, retrieved 10 Apr 18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=884620027
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 https://twitter.com/Helm_ll/status/842432771175919625
  4. Jonathan Annal (@Jon_Annal) | Twitter on the Wayback Machine (archived 10 Apr 18)
  5. Dave Cowen on Twitter: [1], 19 Jun 18, retrieved 19 Jun 18.
  6. Nitrome on Twitter: [2]: We are releasing [Bomb Chicken] in Japan too. But not on the 12th. It will follow after., 28 Jun 18, retrieved 28 Jun 18.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 Nintendo World Report TV on YouTube: 5 Minutes of Bomb Chicken at GDC 2018 (Nintendo Switch Direct Feed), 22 Mar 18, retrieved 25 Mar 18.
  8. Nitrome on Twitter: [3]: You can play the game with one hand and a single joy-con and still be nippy., 9 Apr 18, retrieved 10 Apr 18.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 http://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/discussion/884620027/133259956007385378/#c133259956011812841
  10. https://twitter.com/Nitrome/status/842732651429711873
  11. https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/03/19/bomb-chicken-announced/#comment-2404521
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Nitrome on YouTube: Bomb Chicken Teaser, 16 Mar 17, retrieved 25 Mar 18.
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 13.18 Nitrome on YouTube: Bomb Chicken Nintendo Switch Trailer, 20 Mar 18, retrieved 25 Mar 18.
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 Ninty Videos on YouTube: Bomb Chicken (Switch) Trailer - Nindies Showcase March 2018, 20 Mar 18, retrieved 25 Mar 18.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 GameXplain on YouTube: Switch Nindie Games Galore! - Hands-On DISCUSSION (Travis, Chickens, Messengers, & More! GDC 2018), 25 Mar 18, retrieved 25 Mar 18.
  16. Glixel on YouTube: Bomb Chicken coming to Nintendo Switch, 22 Mar 18, retrieved 25 Mar 18.
  17. Dropbox: Bomb_chicken_keyart2.jpg, ?, retrieved 27 Mar 18.
  18. Game Developer's Blog - Nitrome: Bomb Chicken - Steam! → Comment by Nitrome: With regards to mobile it is true that the game was started as a mobile experiment so the controls and tech are fine to work on that platform. Early in development we felt the structure of the game and scope lent itself more as a PC title and as that was an area we have been interested in a while decided to make that our key focus., 21 Jun 17, retrieved 27 Mar 18.
  19. Nitrome on Twitter: [4]: Bomb Chicken! An explosive exploration puzzle platformer. Vote for us on Steam Greenlight. http://bit.ly/2myJRBF, 16 Mar 17, retrieved 10 Apr 17.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Twitter: Bomb Chicken tweets from Nitrome from March 18th to 28th, retrieved 29 Aug 17.
  21. Nitrome on Twitter: [5]: ?: do you think it'll be ready this year?

    Nitrome: Yes it is very far along so something would have to go very wrong to not launch this year, 16 May 17, retrieved 13 Dec 17.
  22. Mat Annal on Twitter: [6]: NOBODY: Do you still plan to release Bomb Chicken in 2017?

    Mat Annal: No but it is still in active development. We don’t want to put a timeframe on it but it’s at an advanced state., 19 Nov 17, retrieved 13 Dec 17.
  23. https://twitter.com/Nitrome/status/846739090192175105
  24. Nitrome on Twitter: [7]: Its coming to #NintendoSwitch first this summer (date tbc)., 26 Apr 18, retrieved 26 Apr 18.