Making its first appearance on the Gamecube, Majesco has revived their Bomberman series with this latest release, Bomberman Generation. Once again Bomberman is tasked with thwarting the despicable Mujoe and his Hige Hige Bandits as they attempt to take over the universe. By using powerful crystals used as bomb elements, the Hige Hige Bandits hope to steal these unique and valuable resources and threaten the universe into submission. Unfortunately for the bandits, their first attempt at capturing the crystals resulted in the destruction of the freighter carrying them. With the crystals falling to the uninhabited planet of Tentacalls, it's up to Bomberman to reach the crystals before the Hige Hige Bandits, as even one crystal could spell doom for the universe.
Bomberman Generation is a cross between an adventure and puzzle game. As the game progresses, Bomberman will have to use his bombs in a variety of ways to keep moving and although the puzzles encountered are more on the simple side, as the game develops they do become more challenging. In addition, other new features are introduced to the series including the Charabom. These odd creatures give Bomberman special abilities and with multiple Charabom's running around on Tentacalls, finding and using them effectively becomes critical to Bomberman's success.
As far as the graphics and audio, both are acceptable but the audio in particular could have been better. Although the voices were clearly audible, other sounds that help to immerse in the game were absent. Basic sounds like footsteps and trees rustling in the wind are missing but it's not a significant distraction. The graphics are done using cel-shading and look pretty decent. They don't use much detail but the effect is smooth and does look cartoon-like.
Even though Bomberman never reached the success of Sonic or Mario, it still provides a solid game and with the addition of five multiplayer games with four player possibilities, the game's shelf life is significant. Those fans of Bomberman or puzzle games won't be disappointed although some areas of the game could have been improved and appealed to a larger audience.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
How this game went from "Oh god, not another Bomberman" to "This is one of the best B-mans I've ever played!" in three easy steps: First, I played the one-player action-adventure game. Though straightforward and filled with "puzzles" that couldn't stump a Jerry Springer guest, this mode was still entertaining enough to keep me busy for hours. The Pokemon-style monster catching/battling/breeding part seems forced (marketing: "Hey...the kids love that Pokemon stuff. Put it in our game, stat!"), but admittedly, it did add an interesting element to the adventure. After a while, however, the game got a bit monotonous because you're tackling the same obstacles over and over. So next, I tried four-player Battle mode. Yeah, I complain about "yet another Bomberman," but somehow, multiplayer never gets old. Generation offers interesting stages, plenty of options to customize each match, and your choice of 2D or 3D perspectives. OK, this package is getting better, especially if you have the mindset that the 1P mode is just an added freebie to the superior party-game side. Finally, I discovered Coin Battle. Now this is worth the purchase of the dist almost all by itself. It's a frantic race to collect the most coinage on the stage, but the fun comes when you blast someone and scatter half his coins about the level. Out of ail the Bombermans throughout gaming history, this single mode is one of the very best.
Describing BG as cute would be a gross understatement. But don't write it off just because it looks like something for your lil' bro. What lies under the surface is a game with lots of replay value and originality. Some cool twists on what you might expect from the platform-style single-player mode include a wide variety of puzzles and Pokemon-like "Charabom," whose specialized bombs are essential to getting through levels. And with two bosses per world and no mid-stage saves, you'll need all the help you can get. Multiplay? Better than ever, with its 2D/3D views, new- and old-school game types, and addictive Bomberman genius. Party on.
As much as I've loved Bomberman in the past, I only really loved it because of one thing--the multiplayer modes. And Generation has those in spades, with loads of awesome game types to play with your buds. My fave: Coin Battle (probably cuz I came back to beat the hell out of Shoe and jeanne at it). But this time it isn't just the tried-and-true multiplayer that's good. Hudson has tried to turn the B-man into a lot of things in the past--action, RPG, racing.... But Generation feels right as a really fun action/puzzle game (one of my favorite genres) that mixes in a bit of Pokemonlmonster breeding for good measure. Come for the multiplayer, stay for the rest.