The Top 7… bitchin' fireworks displays

6. Peggle

Clearing a level in Peggle is one of the best feelings in the world, and that’s thanks in no small part to the brief but brilliant fireworks display that erupts when, after starting with a screen that looks like this:

You turn it into this:

Above: Almost… almost… 


Cue dramatic slow-motion, an emotional burst of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and a brief, fantastic spectacle that the following image absolutely does not do justice to:

The music and the huge, congratulatory rainbow that follows certainly don’t hurt, but it’s the bright lights and fizzling colors that really hammer the win home. And while their brevity means Peggle’s fireworks aren’t the most fantastic or enduring display of pyrotechnics out there, they – like the sky-fire in Super Mario Bros. – are among the most satisfying. And really, isn’t the unique satisfaction offered by explosions the reason we blow shit up in the first place?

Above: Notably less satisfying

5. Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger has something like 15 different endings, so it’s possible that you’ve never seen this one even if you’ve finished the game. But if you have – particularly if you saw it in the pre-PlayStation days – it’s likely you’ll remember the fireworks from the Millennial Fair as one of the game’s most evocative and moving images.

Above: No, not those puffs of smoke. Those are just a hint of what’s to come 

At first, the fireworks don’t seem like much more than a few cliché firebursts that erupt over the game’s end credits:

Give it a few seconds, though, and the lights of the Millennial Fair come to life below, revealing the fireworks to be part of the festivities:

Above: OK, so it looks kind of flat. Use your imagination 

If you’re seeing them after playing through the game, however, they’re more than just an end-of-game celebration; they’re a clear sign that the future is safe from the apocalyptic parasite Lavos. They’re also a reminder that the entire history-spanning adventure really only took place in the space of a single day. And then the heroes drift by, having grabbed onto a cluster of balloons just before the fireworks started, and, well… it’s kind of a pretty moment.

That said, still images can’t really do it justice. If you’d like a clearer idea what the fuss is about, you can witness its full majesty in the video below:


OK, we promise that’s the last entry based on vague concepts like satisfaction and emotional fulfillment. From here on out it’s nothing but the biggest, most colorful uses of celebratory explosives we could find.


Top 7


  • KA800M - July 23, 2009 2:49 a.m.

    I know it's an MMO but what about the FFXI fireworks. Not only the even with the goldfish scooping but also the alchemy ones you can make.
  • gatornation1254 - July 8, 2009 10:23 p.m.

    Is it bad I've never played FFVII.
  • Vanguard3321 - July 4, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    Ahhh Chrono Trigger, definitly one of my favorite games, even though I can't beat Lavos. :[
  • TheWebSwinger - July 3, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    Mikel, your screenshots are too actual. Scale it back, buddy. Also, +10 cool points for remembering/referencing Lisa Frank.
  • saintpatrick - July 2, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    what about any of the civilization games and "we love the king" day?!
  • idunno - July 2, 2009 12:05 a.m.

    Woo Boom Boom Rocket! Way batter than any Guitar Hero or DDR.
  • Super bob 36 - July 1, 2009 2:16 p.m.

    Alright! Pyros of the world unite! Great article, guys.
  • Phazon117 - June 30, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    Ooh, I knew Boom Boom Rocket had to be on here!
  • AmazingKG3 - June 30, 2009 7:48 p.m.

    could you count geometry wars? thats not really fireworks as it is exploding shapes. good article
  • secretsearcher - June 30, 2009 5:23 p.m.

    Great article. Because everyone knows that fireworks are the only true way to celebrate Independence Day.
  • deathrebellion - June 30, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    gr8 one Mario bros wuz one of d 1st games dat popped into my head. i'm feeling really left out cuz i never played FF7 :((
  • Darthwaluigi - June 30, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars! You actually control how many and what types of fireworks play at the end of this epic RPG by buying them from a Monty Mole in Moleville! I saw this article and I immediatly thought it would be on there... :[
  • iluvmyDS - June 30, 2009 2:39 p.m.

    You guys sure love that Chrono Trigger. As do I. Great Top 7 Wikiparaz.
  • ChrisAntistaSmellsLikePizza - June 30, 2009 7:15 a.m.

    cool, I wansn't expecting this as the top 7, but it was still awesome.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 30, 2009 6:23 a.m.

    @108796a "Learn to spell" haha.
  • 108796a - June 30, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    godammit y r u guys talkin about fireworks!? talk about something cool like a bloody head being decapacitated and torched with a chainsaw and a fucking grenade. now THAT would be awesome!
  • offthechart43 - June 30, 2009 4:57 a.m.

    I won't lie, I am extremely disappointed not to see Dolphin Olympics 2 on here. It is easily the number 1 game of all time and receives little to no recognition. Can i get a Hoo-Ra from everyone who agrees?
  • Harmon20 - June 30, 2009 3:51 a.m.

    this reminds me of the time when I went to the national jamboree in Boy Scouts. As we were driving into Virginia, we saw a store called "Horney's Fireworks". And on that store was a banner that said, "welcome Boy Scouts!". Yeah, they knew we were the biggest pyros...
  • SlightlyBetterName - June 30, 2009 3:15 a.m.

    You did the best you could with a kinda crappy top 7 Mikel and for that, I applaud you.
  • davidthebowie - June 30, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    A great original list. I would love to see someone make an Appalachian Region fireworks simulation game. You could control a redneck in his quest to purchase and light off various fireworks. It would be great.

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