The Top 7… bitchin' fireworks displays

2. Big Bang Mini

If you’ve never played it, then there are exactly two things you need to know about Big Bang Mini. First, it’s a game about fireworks, specifically about using them as weapons. Second, this is what an average game screen looks like:

Above: That floating snowball in the lower half of the shot is you, by the way 

Sporting wildly diverse themed levels and ridiculously fun gameplay, Big Bang Mini is impossible not to like on some level. Especially when it features enemies that look like this:

Above: Seriously, what the hell is that duck-pirate thing supposed to be? 

Or, for that matter, like this:

Above: Actually, that walrus might be a little too Lisa Frank to qualify as awesome 

Weirdness aside, though, Big Bang Mini delivers where it counts, in the form of some of the best fireworks on the DS (outside of Geometry Wars: Galaxies, anyway, although that’s disqualified because its many fireworks-like explosions aren’t actually supposed to be fireworks).

Above: Actual supposed fireworks. Also balloons 

Like in any classic shooter, it’s when things get the most crowded that they’re at their prettiest, as enemies and missed shots alike explode in big, colorful showers of airborne sparks.

Sure, you’ll need to take your eyes off the action for a second to move out of the way of all the falling debris, but setting the sky on fire with a few flicks of the DS is a great feeling, especially when it results in some of the weirdest pyrotechnic displays ever to grace an LCD screen.

Above: Everyone knows aliens are allergic to gunpowder and colored flames. That’s just common sense 

1. Boom Boom Rocket

Yeah, it doesn’t have a huge fan following or even particularly innovative design, but when it comes to delivering flashy, realistic fireworks displays, Boom Boom Rocket does it better than every other game on this list.

So what if it’s a glorified, fireworks-themed take on Dance Dance Revolution? It’s hard to argue with the results, especially when the results look like this:

At that, Boom Boom Rocket’s simplicity is a thing to be admired; there’s no bullshit about plot, or enemies, or making players chain together explosions in certain ways and not detonating their fireworks if they fail. This one’s all about mashing buttons (or dance-pad arrows) and watching things explode in brilliant HD.

Of course, it still pales in comparison to the real thing. But if what you’re looking for is a virtual approximation of same, Boom Boom Rocket is easily the closest a game has ever come.

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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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