Bazooka Bill

• Publisher: Melbourne House
• Developer:
Arcade Machine
Release Date: 1985
Code: Brian Post

GFX: David O'Callaghan, ...Russel Comte
Music: Neil Brennan

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 30%
Our Game Rating: 60%


FILE: bazookabillend.zip


> BAZOOKA BILL by Melbourne House

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Bazooka Bill by Melbourne House is a game I have mixed feelings about. It takes me back to the day that a mate appeared with a pirated version of this game, and to my surprise it actually loaded on the first attempt. I remember liking the colourful cartoon graphics, large sprites and fast action; however, I was quickly bored with the relentless hordes of enemies and monotonous racing through the various scenarios that seemed to be neverending! I was pretty sure that the game just ran on forever. It was much later that I learned that you can actually complete the game by following a specific path and that you had to climb certain ladders at certain points to unlock different sections of the game. It's very confusing because it all looks the same, so it was basically trial and error to find extra pieces of the puzzling landscape. You eventually reach a point on the final island where the game ends. If it wasn't for information I found on the internet I would never have known any of this. Overall the game is a fast and fun version of Green Beret. Some love it, some hate it - but I do think it's a better game for knowing that it actually has a point to it.

Yaaaaaay. Time for a silly jig...

Oh! He's off!


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I could only get so far before the level looped so I gave up. I then stumbled across a video of the game on Youtube which showed how to navigate the last level.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The aim of the game is to rescue General MacArthur. If you navigate the final island correctly you will find the area where he is being held. His extra large sprite approaches Bill and says 'THANKS SON!' before exiting the screen. Bill leaps for joy while removing his beret.


  • Neil: I never expected that! I always thought it went on forever. Cool. 4/10.
  • Vinny: Bazooka Bill is definitely a Marmite game: you either love it, or hate it. ZZAP! 64 seemed to have hated it and scored it 30%. I don't like it either, but I think the game is worth a little more credit than that!

    With regards to the ending, I'm shocked. I too thought it never ended and didn't expect this at all. Bit of a strange one, but worth 3.5/10 from me.
  • Andrew Fisher: I quite liked the game and its chunky sprites, but I always thought my copy was bugged as it kept looping and later levels seemed corrupted.

    Great to find there is an ending, and it fits with the rest of the game (the dancing animation is used at the end of levels). So, a fun little game with a suitable but not outstanding ending. 4/10 seems fair.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Defo shocked here, thought this one was a looper.

    I do too remember the ZZAP! 64 review - sure they made reference to the giant arm!

    It is a bit of a blink and you miss it rescue moment, but it is an end - so fair play.

FINAL SAY: Always nice to get a surprise ending. It isn't amazing, but worth a quick look.

G.E. RATING: 4 / 10

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