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Bomb Bee Bomb Bee - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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You control a paddle that must rebound a ball into the colorized bricks and pop-bumpers.

Bomb Bee was produced by Namco in 1979.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Bomb Bee was produced include: Gee Bee, Shoot Away, Cutie Q, Galaxian, Puck Man, SOS, and Navarone


Name Bomb Bee
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1979
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7179
Class Wide Release
Genre Ball and Paddle
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Rotary: Analog
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

Clearing out the side sections of bricks will turn the same side pop-bumper into 100 points instead of 10. Clearing the top section of bricks will then show a 1000 point pop bumper. Hitting the 1000 point pop bumper several times will cause it to explode and a new set of bricks will show.

Get the ball to light up "N A M C O" on the screen to increase the bonus multiplier.

Bomb Bee KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

Hitting the bottom paddle will restore any sets of bricks that have been completely cleared out.

Occasionally the ball will get stuck in a very long loop (this usually happens with the pop bumpers). Just sit back and relax while the points rack up, but eventually the game will figure out the ball is stuck and shoot it out in some other direction.

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This is one of three similar games designed and developed by Toru Iwatani, the creator of Puckman or (Pac-Man in the U.S.). Originally he wanted to make pinball machines for Namco, but Namco did not want to do pinball so this series of games is the resulting compromise.


This is one of three in a series of similar pinball/ball-and-paddle type games released or licensed by Namco. The other two are Gee Bee and Cutie Q.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Bomb Bee Census

There are 14,745 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,470 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,450 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 3 known instances of this machine owned by Bomb Bee collectors who are active members. Of these, 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



CPU: 8080


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