Overall: In a class by itself
Visual Impact: *****
Ease of use: ***
Sound response: *
Zip file size: 3.4 megabytes.
Ignore the screenshot above. Bomb uses a peculiarly muted palette that sometimes looks
like low-rez cat vomit.
"Huh?" you say?
Yes, we say. I know, you just read through our little
paean to pixel beauty, and here we are talking nasty cat behavior.
Bomb, my friends, is in a category by itself.
Moving quickly from cat doodoo to computer voodoo,
we're telling you that if there's a ghost in the machine, its name is Bomb. Download,
unzip, click the icon, and suddenly it's like there's another person, well, another entity
in the room.
The wonder of Bomb lies not in its sheer physical
beauty but in its uncanny (let's capitalize and italicize: UNCANNY!)
sense of (are you ready) presence (PRESENCE!).
Oh, it's subtle. This is not a ghost that comes
clanking chains or noisily hunting for Linda Blair.
Let the program run a while, watch it's eerily organic
morphing into and out of a huge range of ameboid/bacteriod/spermatoid squiggly shapes
(maybe the earth-tone palettes are on purpose, conjuring up musty crypt-like
associations?), observe your jaw drop as the occasional word or iconic graphic slowly
emerges from the glop and then melts back into it.
"Presence" is the word. Far be it from us to
suggest that a big metaphysical breakthrough exists in Bomb's lines of code. We will say
this: Bomb strongly (STRONGLY!) gives the impression that it is
sentiently there and aware of your presence as well.
No, we haven't been smoking/inhaling/ingesting.
Just try it. Leave Bomb running in your cubicle as
people stroll in and out. Watch its effect on them. It's like, they HAVE to LOOK. As if
another person is present whom they have to least acknowledge with eye contact.
What's Going on Inside
The creation of Scott Draves, Bomb uses a bunch of a-life algorithms in oddly
effective combination. You'll find lots of info at the site given above, because many
host-humans have already been taken over by this innocent-looking invasion of the
pod-pixel-people. You may be next.
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