💣 DINKY BOMB

One of the Web's first online multi-user Flash games, created for Gamer.tv by Liam O'Donnell.

💥 PLAY NOW!

Note that after enabling Flash through your browser's settings clicking to run Flash, the page will reload and you need to click Play Now one more time :)



Dinky Bomb multiplayer web game

⛔ Flash Player blocked?

If you're using Google Chrome and Flash Player is blocked, you need to go to the following page (copy and paste the settings link below into the address bar):



Then drag the slider from 'Block sites from running Flash' to 'Ask first' and come back to this page. Persistance pays off :)


📱 MOBILE USERS

You'll need a browser that has Flash Player

Android users try:

iOS users try:

Puffin Browser seems to work the best, because you can use its on-screen 'gamepad' control and configure the right side buttons to act as UP, DOWN and CTRL, which is a little easier than using its direction pad for aiming up and down. It also has a very useful 'Flash Theatre Mode' which zooms up the game window to fill your screen.


📺 DINKY BOMB ON TV



📜 THE HISTORY OF DINKY BOMB

Dinky Bomb Original was an online multiplayer Flash game, built for the converged service Gamer.tv many years ago. It was inspired by Team 17's classic Amiga game Worms and was one of the first real-time multiuser experiences on the web in Flash technology (originally Flash 5, connecting to a Java socket server backend with Flash's then new XMLSocket capability). It grew to become one of the most popular web games, with all of the Dinky Bomb servers almost always full and tens of thousands of Google results! It even featured on TV, as shown in the video above.

Since then, Dinky Bomb has been redeveloped into Dinky Bomb Deluxe, using a different lobby system and a Java-based physics engine. This was shortly before Gamer.tv closed its web arm to concentrate on TV, selling off much of its content to a third party - hosting some of the games at WePlayHere / GamerParty. Dinky Bomb has recently been aquired by Atari and then sold off yet again to someone else (alas not me).

Little known facts:
  • I originally spelled it 'DinkyBomb' with no space
  • The first recorded use of the phrase 'dinky bomb' was actually by Admiral Noel Gayler describing the atom bomb - I had no idea at the time, so it adds a somewhat morbid edge to the title. In 1998, ADM Noel Gayler commented to interviewer Steve Sapienza that "I saw Hiroshima. Utter desolation. Not a thing moving. A little old dinky bomb did that."
  • The domain name dinkybomb.com was 'let slip' by Gamer.tv management staff, domain name hijacked by some search portal knobhead who got away with it too 😠


You can learn more about the team behind Dinky Bomb here.

💣 DINKY BOMB'S FACEBOOK PAGE


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