[Screen-shot of Chain Reaction]

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is a strategy game. Two players (one of whom may be played by the computer) take turns placing bombs on the playing field. Heavy concentrations of bombs explode, potentially starting a chain reaction in neighbouring squares. The player who blows up all of his/her enemy's bombs first is the winner.

Play the Java version of Chain Reaction in your browser:

View the source code.
vb-chain.zip (240KB)
A similar version written in Visual Basic 3.
Executes in Windows 3.1, 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, etc.
Includes full source code under the GPL license.

Other versions

It seems that Chain Reaction was a rather popular game back in the early days of computing (Commodore 64, Amstrad, BBC micro, etc). I am not alone in reimplementing the game. Here are some other people's versions:

Lee J Haywood
AI, customisable board, up to six players, Linux and Windows, source code.
Frank Van Camp
Solid game with excellent AI and network play support. Uses nested squares to represent each cell's loading.
Peter Monks
Two-player game only. But with a download of less than 21k, that's not bad!
RDA InfoTech
Shareware version has decent AI and network play support. InfoTech do not appear to exist anymore.
Jeff Weston
Created for a university graphics course. Consequently it has great 3D graphics, but it lacks mouse support and has no AI.
Last modified: 24 December 2006