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Season 4 - The New HSC - Week 23 = Kaboom!


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(Paddle Weeks)

~ WEEK 23 ~


CLARIFICATION: No use of CHEATS, emulation advantages, bugs, cart frying or other variables that gives you an unfair advantage in this HSC. Please assume you have to follow the game difficulty and mode for the playing week/s. No game enhancements or special favorite settings to play in the 2600 HSC, unless you are given authorization to do so by your humble yet strict MODERATORS! Jacob/BAZ.






Released By: Activision 1981

Left Difficulty: B

Right Difficulty: B

Game Mode: Default


The HSC Record for Kaboom!: 928,982 by Atarian7 (Knockout Tourney Round 15, 2012)








Post your scores right here in this thread, and we will add them to the list. Remember to play the game with the recommended game mode and difficulty settings as shown above so that your scores will be consistent with everyone else.

The deadline for posting scores is Midnight (EST) the evening of Sunday, June 28th, 2015






Bonus: Activision Patch score


* Bucket Brigade -- score at least 3,000 pts (+1)


* Bomber Frightner -- score at least 10,000 pts (+2)


* Bucketmaster -- score at least 100,000 pts (+3)








Kaboom! High Scores

(Scoring is +1 point for last place and up from there)

(Scoring MAX points or beyond is considered ROLLAGE)

(Pics of scores over 98% MAX points are sufficient to show ROLLAGE)


360,716 Atarian7 (+20) (+3)

58,946 keilbaca (+19) (+2)

10,495 MoomUnit (+18) (+2)

6,838 Gorfy (+17) (+1)

5,829 zylon (+16) (+1)

3,836 S.BAZ (+15) (+1)

3,606 Northcoastgamer (+14) (+1)

3,313 voodoo_chilly (+13) (+1)

2,969 karokoenig (+12)

2,728 StanJr (+11)

2,488 darthkur (+10)

2,181 RJ (+9)

1,177 Spacey Invader (+8 )

918 Tony The 2600 (+7 )

665 jblenkle (+6)

650 Retrogamer81081 (+5)

635 LarcenTyler (+4)

600 Ry Guy (+3)

595 GornThrifting (+2)

383 classicgamer_27330 (+1)









Overall Standings Through Week 22 (KLAX)

Top 24 make the Bracket Challenge at the end of the season!

The bracket winners get to choose a game for next season :thumbsup:


1. Northcoastgamer 602

2. StanJr 539

3. voodoo_chilly 538

4. S.BAZ 523

5. Gorfy 406

6. KaeruYojimbo 393

7. oyamafamily 390

8. darthkur 377

9. JacobZu7zu7 354

10. karokoenig 314

11. Hyperboy 303

12. Dauber 281

13. MoomUnit 271

14. keilbaca 245

15. SpiceWare 228

16. Scrabbler15 221

17. Spacey Invader 220

18. LidLikesIntellivision 211

19. Nathan Strum 194

20. ReflectionAngle 172

21. classicgamer_27330 159

22. GornThrifting 149

23. Tony The 2600 143

24. roadrunner 130

25. CapitanClassic 121

26. DT Kofoed 120

27. skosh 113

28. adri_o 111

RJ 111

30. Mister_VCS 110

31. LarcenTyler 103

32. SIO2 100

33. Zeptari1 94

34. Wickeycolumbus 82

35. Fallout_002 78

36. NIKON 77

jblenkle 77

38. Cafeman 74

39. Botbird208 59

40. centiqueen81 52

41. Shadow460 23

42. Retrogamer81081 21

43. gamerguy99 20

Random Terrain 20

45. Private Eye 16

46. Brian C 15

47. retrorussell 14

48. lodger 12

49. flammingcowz 10

50. StarThief 7

51. SuperFreddie 6

Ry guy 6

53. DanIacovelli 5

54. Goochman 1









NEW SEASON ~ The NEW High Score Club Season 4:

# in parentheses represents total games for each week/s theme.


up next:

(1) Paddle Weeks
(3) Never Been Played!
(3) ?
(2) Moderator Picks
(2) Player Picks
(3) Double Points - Beat the Leader Weeks

(After Season) Bracket Tourney [4 Weeks]








There SHALL be special weeks ! Rounds that will include several games.

Overall the NEW High Score Club Season 4 will last (LIKELY) THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2015.

Bracket Challenge to follow. TOP 24 make the Bracket Challenge single-elimination tournament!


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Kaboom!: 8,330


I'll post a picture for whatever turns out to be my high score later.

Thank goodness I have a real Atari and paddles to play this. I can't imagine trying to play it on a keyboard.

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They screwed up the PS2 Activision Anthology version of this; the bucket(s) move back to the middle of the playfield automatically, kind of like they're on a bungee or tether, centrally attached.


It's ideal for touch-control on an ipad but I'd agree paddles are the way to go.

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LOL My digital camera is ancient so I can't connect it to the computer. (unless there is some converter I could buy) I had to use the built in camera on the computer

to take a picture of the picture.


That's 216,777 by the way. It's very hard to get a still picture.

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Nice to see you here, Atarian7. The top dogs are going to have a wee bit more work to reach a top rank this week :-D .


My score is as expected: pathetic. My initial goal was to reach 5k, but after over an hour of trying, I think I might have to fry smaller fish...


Kaboom 1BB: 2,969.


So close to getting an exra bucket. Not that it would have helped me much... But I must say I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this game so far.




Here's a good tip on how to play effectively, by Mike Matei. Kaboom starts at 15:37:



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My thoughts on Kaboom!...

This has always been one of my favorite games for the Atari 2600. I can't think of a better example of pure hand/eye coordination.

Watching the above James & Mike video (posted by karokoenig), I'm glad to hear other people share my appreciation for the zen-like state one enters when playing this game.
When I'm really in the zone, I can clearly see the flame flicker on each bomb--it's very mesmerizing.

This is also one of those games that has a threshold--you can either hack the maximum speed level (like Atarian7 clearly can), or you can't (like me).

Scores are either four figures (like my 8,330), or six/seven figures (like Atarian7's 216,777). There's no middle ground.

And that 8,330 is a personal best, too.

The frustrating thing is that I can handle (the penultimate) speed level 7. But then level 8 starts, and I literally drop the bomb. I can hang on for a while if the bomber moves in a nice zig-zag pattern, but as soon as he goes all cluster-y, I'm done. I didn't have the reflexes at age 12, and I doubt I'm going to find them at 42.

That won't stop me from trying, though!

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Been away from HSC for a while....been very busy with my two jobs and of course Pie Factory Podcast, but I'm glad to see my position hasn't fallen too much. :) I'll try to submit a score in the next coupla days. Love this game!

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