Buzz Bombers

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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Quite a challenging game - with intermissions!

Buzz BombersGraphics: 4
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1-player game only
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This is Mattel's variation on the Centipede theme, wherein you battle bees in your garden. It seems to me you'd want bees pollinating the flowers in your garden... In any case, when you kill a bee with a shot of spray from your spray can, it creates a honeycomb, which acts as an obstacle like the mushrooms in Centipede. The unique aspects are that if a bee gets trapped, it creates a beehive, and there is a hummingbird that eats the honeycombs and the beehives, giving you bonus points. The hummingbird becomes more of nuisance than anything else, as it tends to eat the honeycombs that are most helpful to you. The sound is pretty nice, using "The Flight of the Bumblebee" as the soundtrack. Turns out this game pushes your RF modulator pretty hard - many old Intellivision units exhibit interference when firing a shot from the spray can. The graphics are nice enough, and there are several intermissions. Although I haven't reached the third intermission lately, I do recall three intermissions:

  1. After level 5: a swarm of bees chases a bear
  2. After level 10: the swarm chases the bear, but then the "mama bear" chases the swarm
  3. Later, you see the level 10 intermission, followed by a huge bee chasing the mama bear

The key to this game is to build up a nice bee-trapping layout, as when a bee builds a hive, you don't need to shoot it. Your spray can is limited to a small number of sprays - use it up, and you're down one turn. Also, if your garden hems you in, you lose a spray can. The Intellivision Lives site reports that Mattel attempted to market the game to the makers of Raid insecticides, but they declined the tie-in. Imagine that! Best Score: 339100 [Level 19]




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, six variations have been found.
Manual Seven variants have been identified.
Overlays Four different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, six labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of six Buzz Bombers box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Buzz Bombers Box (Mattel Electronics 4436-0910) Mattel Electronics 4436-0910 1983 Singapore Possibly initial version—has book-style box; plastic tray
Buzz Bombers Box (Mattel Electronics 4436-0210) Mattel Electronics 4436-0210 1983   Standard box, but with '1 or 2 can play' blacked out by a marker; is it one of the infamous hand-modified boxes alluded to at the official site?
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4436-0210 1983   Origin is not printed on box, but generic copyright info printed on back; opens on bottom flap—not a book-style box; has barcode on back; erroneously states '1 or 2 can play.'
Buzz Bombers Box (Mattel Electronics 4436) Mattel Electronics 4436 1983   French-Canadian; trayless socket; no specific part number visible; no info on top or bottom flaps of box - instead, it's inside the box; the socket for the cartridge is offset to the bottom portion of the interior rather than centered, and is different from the 'trayless pocket'
Buzz Bombers Box (Intellivision Inc. 4436-0210) Intellivision Inc. 4436-0210 1983 Singapore Standard Intellivision, Inc. box; bottom flap has full Mattel part number; retains '1 or 2 can play.' error
Buzz Bombers Box (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None Brazil Digiplay logo on box; uses Activision-style composition; no part number or copyright apparent; trayless pocket; manual and overlays in separate slots




A total of seven Buzz Bombers manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Buzz Bombers Manual (Mattel Electronics 4436-0920) Mattel Electronics 4436-0920 1983 U.S.A.  
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4436-0920 1983 Hong Kong  
Buzz Bombers Manual (Mattel Electronics 4436-8920) Mattel Electronics 4436-8920 1983 Canada French-Canadian
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 4436-0131 1983 Italy Italian version; instructions properly list FOR 1 PLAYER (in Italian, of course); light/dark blue rather than black/blue like English editions; spotted in eBay auction
Buzz Bombers Manual (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1983 U.S.A. NOTE: no part number on front or back; found in box of PlayCable manuals (though many were standard manuals)—so the natural question is: was this a PlayCable manual?
Buzz Bombers Manual (Intellivision Inc. 4436-0920) Intellivision Inc. 4436-0920 None U.S.A. Accordion-style folding
Buzz Bombers Manual (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None Brazil Digiplay edition; no part number or copyright apparent; submitted by Psycho Stormtrooper; image courtesy of Hankster




A total of four Buzz Bombers overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Buzz Bombers Overlay (Mattel Electronics 4436-4289) Mattel Electronics 4436-4289 1982 U.S.A.  
Buzz Bombers Overlay (Intellivision Inc. 4436-4289) Intellivision Inc. 4436-4289 None   Copyright has been removed
Buzz Bombers Overlay (Digiplay 4436-4289) Digiplay 4436-4289 None   Copyright has been removed; these seem identical to Intellivision, Inc. version without copyright, though perhaps thinner
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A None   Part of the standard 10 overlay set from the 2014 Intellivision Flashback; copyright information has been removed




A total of six Buzz Bombers label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 U.S.A. Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 right of origin; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners
Buzz Bombers Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 right of origin; ™ upper right; smaller label, rounded corners
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1982 Singapore Origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 right of origin; ™ upper right; larger label, square corners
Buzz Bombers Label (Mattel Electronics 4436-0340) Mattel Electronics 4436-0340 1982 U.S.A. Odd black & white label with Mattel copyright; origin lower left; © M.I. 1982 right of origin; ™ upper right; large label, square corners; part number lower right
Buzz Bombers Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1983 Singapore Note the misspelling of the game name: BUZZ BOMBER; origin lower right; © I.I. 1983 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Buzz Bombers Label (Digiplay) Digiplay N/A None   Digiplay edition; no origin; ™ upper right; red label; name not localized; submitted by Psycho Stormtrooper; image courtesy of Hankster

The strange version with the part number and other indications that it's from Mattel is of indeterminate origin. The print quality is high, and it's definitely old enough, judging by the paper. Is this an extremely well-made homemade sticker? The label isn't the standard size, but it does have the Mattel part number on it. Was this stock from when Intellivision, Inc. tried to avoid shipping games in boxes? Can anyone out there shed light on this?





Title Screen Title screen for Buzz Bombers.
Honeycomb Haven Similar to Centipede, when you hit a bee with the killer bug spray, it leaves behind something—in this case, a honeycomb. The faster 'killer bees' leave behind red ones. Eventually, the (mostly pesky) hummingbird will come to devour some of the honeycombs. Typically, they seem to be the most strategically placed ones. ;-)




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