Developed by Nitrome, Bomb Chicken is a 2018 puzzle-platformer for Nintendo Switch and Steam. Its titular character is a chicken that, following a freak accident, develops an ability to lay bombs instead of eggs. Newfound ability in hand, Bomb Chicken sets out on a quest to stop the antics of fast-food chicken chain BFC.
Gameplay-wise, the main premise of Bomb Chicken is solving platform-game challenges without being able to jump. You can lay multiple bombs in order to reach high platforms or get over obstacles, kick bombs to trip switches or kill enemies, and much more...but all of it comes with a risk. Your bombs can blow up most enemies in the game, but they're just as good at blowing you up.
Works relating to this trope include:
- Alien Blood: It turns out that the "blue hot sauce" is the blood of a giant mutant chicken.
- Animal Gender-Bender: Bomb Chicken has the prominent coxcomb and wattle of a rooster...but only hens can lay eggs.
- Carnivore Confusion: Most of the employees doing actual work at BFC are also birds...and they're shown eating the factory's wares. While they're clearly not chickens, they also don't bear any resemblance to actual birds of prey.
- Cartoon Bomb: The bombs in this game look exactly like you might expect.
- Collection Sidequest: Littered through every level are blue gems, which you can use to purchase extra lives.
- Cryptic Conversation: Between each level, you're taken to a room with a giant statue of a bird, and you're treated to a cryptic quote from an unknown source. They don't really make much more sense once you reach the end of the game. The source of the voice is apparently the final boss — a horribly mutated chicken that also lays bombs.
- Excuse Plot: A bomb-laying chicken attempts to escape a fried-chicken factory. There isn't much more to the story than that, but then, not much more is needed. The true "plot" is revealed in the last couple of levels, but it's kind of a Gainax Ending that isn't clearly foreshadowed earlier in the game.
- Gainax Ending: It turns out that the "blue hot sauce" BFC is famous for is actually the blood of the final boss — a horrifyingly mutated chicken that also lays bombs. After defeating the boss, the entire island where BFC is headquartered explodes, but Bomb Chicken survives by landing on some driftwood in the ocean. Then Bomb Chicken suddenly sprouts a growth on her body to her horror, and the screen goes black. The implication seems to be that she's destined to become another version of the final boss. Things sure took a turn for the weird in the last three levels...
- Hammerspace: The bombs that Bomb Chicken lays are just as big as she is, and she can lay as many as she needs without any delay. It's quite surreal to watch.
- Hollywood Natives: One of the game's common enemies is a very stereotypical version of the "savage native."
- I Ate WHAT?!: BFC's "irresistible" hot sauce is a shade of blue found nowhere in nature. Seriously, it looks like liquefied Smurf, and people apparently can't get enough of the stuff. The gross-out factor increases exponentially once you find out the sauce is actually a giant mutant chicken's blood...
- Retraux: Just like all of Nitrome's games, Bomb Chicken's aesthetic calls to mind The 16 Bit Era Of Console Video Games with its cartoony sprites and smooth animation, but an actual 16-bit system wouldn't be capable of running this game.