A perfect example of how brilliant gameplay can shadow a multitude of developer sins, Bomb Jack has become something of a cult icon in the gaming industry.
A quick look at Tehkan's original Bomb Jack cabinet (before it changed its name to Tecmo) and it's clear this game got nowhere on good looks. A tacky conti-board cab (even by 80's standards) with a miniscule screen, crayon drawn marquee and unadorned control panel, players weren't exactly hypnotised by the game from across a busy arcade floor.
Then we take a look at that tiny screen nestled unadventurously in the thrice brown cabinet: A small figure with a moronic smile jumping around catching stationary cherries against random backgrounds of landmarks and monuments. If a gamer in the know didn't force 10p from their friend's pockets and hold them by the throat in front of the machine, it's unlikely anyone would remember Bomb Jack today.