A brave space marine, armed with only bombs and a flashlight, must escape the Anathema Mines!
User reviews: Very Positive (323 reviews)
Release Date: May 10, 2012
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"Originally created for Ludum Dare 6. Theme: Light and Darkness."
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About This Game

Dynamite Jack must blast his way to freedom! Jack, a brave space marine, armed with only bombs and a flashlight, must escape the Anathema Mines! Use stealth to sneak past guards and bombs to obliterate enemies in this intense top-down action-adventure.

Key Feature:

  • 28 Thrilling Levels Each level brings you closer to the surface of the Anathema Mines. Battle your way through guards, scientists, cave trolls, lasers, and robotic spiders!
  • Map Editor Have you destroyed and crushed the game? It's time to make MORE GAME! The super simple level editor will empower you to create levels in just minutes! You can share them with your friends and the world!
  • Play More Maps Ready for more? Every map that is shared will be available for you to play! Skim through the most popular levels and have a blast escaping all the user created maps.
  • Speedrun Leaderboards Each level in the game has its own speedrun leaderboard for competing with your friends and everyone else! Each community created map also gets its own leaderboard, so you can compete with your friends on the map you just created!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:2 Ghz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 256 MB
    • DirectX®:8.0
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • OS:OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor:2 Ghz Intel processor
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:OpenGL 256 MB
    • Hard Drive:100 MB HD space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Mint 13 LTS, Fedora 16, fully updated
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
This game is A LOT better than it seems. You shouldn't trust your impressions after first few levels. Yes, they are boring, but not representative for the whole. I got the game in the bundle and first played in on tablet - and hated it. I tried it again after a year, when I installed it from steam. I tediously bombed my way through the initial levels, motivated only by getting some steam achievements. And then, suddenly, I was hooked. The levels started to be more demanding, the achievements harder to get - that was it. I needed to be stealth, to plan my route, to study enemies' paths and be quick at that. Overall it took me seven hours to complete the game with all achievements and I quite enjoyed it. And I haven't even touched player-made levels (yet). Definitely worth playing.

Summary:
- shallow and boring at the beginning
- not very appealing artwork
+ gets better after a few levels
+ gets even better when you aim for all achievements
+ lots of player-made levels if you're hooked
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
A quite different top-down stealth game with a fair bit of a challenge. Using your flashlights and bombs you need to fulfill the different requirements of the levels which can be things such as no death, no kills or not using a flashlight. It starts of simple but gets tricker the further in you get and often requires multiple playthroughs of the levels to fully complete each of them.

The achievements are just for completing the different tasks in the game and ends with fully completing the game and all the level requirements.

Time to 100%: 5 hours
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
Fun bomberman style game.
Very easy to clear levels.Go for 100% ingame achievement for the challenge and to really enjoy the game.
The game completes in a few hours.
Short and complete puzzle/stealth game. Loved it!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
Dynamite Jack is a nice, albeit rather short, Bomberman-style game.
Personally, I really enjoyed playing through the campaign: most maps are indeed quite easy, but if you want the experience to be more challenging you can just decide to try and get all the secondary objectives on you first try, instead of coming back to collect them one at a time.
This, opposed to just going for the exit, does make the game more rewarding but doesn't really increase its longevity: you will probably get to 100% completion in about 7-8 hours tops.
Still, for me this wasn't really an issue, better an "honest" short title than a game that drags on and on with pointless objectives and impossible achievements.
Also there are many community maps, so if you really like the game you can keep playing it even after finishing the campaign.

As far as the price is concerned, if you like this kind of game I'd say it's worth it; with a coupon you can even get it for 1€, and that's a steal in my opinion.

PROS
- pleasant design.
- levels last a few minutes, making this the ideal choice if you don't have much time.
- getting all the achievements is not an impossible task (quite the opposite, actually).
- really fun if you enjoy this kind of game.

CONS
- some mechanics could (and should) have been exploited more; for example the "spiders" which appear in the last couple of maps in my opinion deserved to appear more throughout the game, they make the maps they're in much more challenging and interesting.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
I just spend 12 hours completing Dynamite Jack. Have I longed for a game like this in years! The nostalgic going-back-in-time feeling of Commodore64, wow that is not something I come across often.

I bought this game because I received a 75% off ticket to this game I had never even heard of - but it's worth the full price. Absolutely!

God dammit, if you are from an age where you used a joystick, you WILL miss out if you don't give this game and yourself a chance to do what I just did.
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