The DOS library had its share of good platforming games, one of them being the well known The Lost Vikings
, and Nicky Boom is no exception. Personally, it plays and feels like many oldschool platforming games, like Super Mario Bros
. In the game, you control Nicky, a young boy who travels on a fantastical world to free his grandfather from an evil witch. And this is pretty much the story of the game or at least that's what the internet says. The gameplay is simple, yet so good. Your main attack is throwing apple cores, but later you can also throw a blue ball that can bounce off walls, a piece wood, which you can use to build a bridge in certain locations, and so on. You can pick up other useful items, like keys to unlock doors, bombs to break down secret walls and liberate ladders from bubbles and explosive spiked balls to take down destroyable platforms that hold some items. Along the way, you can find teleporters that can take you to unreachable areas where you're treated with either a weapon upgrade or a useful item. plus some bonus items, such as gems and candy. You can even find potions that restore your health. Speaking of health, the only problem I've found in this game is that if you run into an enemy, your life may be drained very fast if you're not paying attention. The graphics are colorful and cartoonish and the music is quite good. Overall, Nicky Boom is one the greatest platformier games released for the DOS games library. If you ever stumble upon this game, don't hesitate and give this game a try.