Bomberman Max 2 Red Advance
Bomberman and Max, two pseudo superheroes that have sworn themselves to defend the universe against the forces of evil. And in this case evil is called Mujoe. Mujoe has shrunken our heroes to the size of bugs and let his nefarious minions (the Hige Hige bandits) try and destroy them. Battling (and bombing) their way through 80 levels of explosive excitement our heroes must return to their original size and stop Mujoe before he takes over the planet.
OK, let's get down to it, Bomberman Max 2 (BM2) is a highly addictive game. Not only is it incredibly easy to play, the premise is so simple you would think the game would provide no real challenge. But boy, are you wrong my friend. Since this is the Red edition (there is also a blue edition) you will play as Max, Bomberman's best friend. As Max, your mission is displayed to you before each new level. Navigate the maze and complete the objective before time runs out. Some levels are simpler, like the ones that have you destroy all enemies, but others become much more complicated, as they require you to destroy certain object and find the next level gate while avoiding monsters that not only eat your bombs, but are so tough it takes multiple hits to destroy them. Each of the games five areas has a boss character that also involves using your brains and plotting out a good strategy. That's right, if you think this is a normal run and bomb type game, you are sorely mistaken. Half of the game's fun is figuring out how to escape while forming a strategy, and in some cases that means running for your life instead of staying and fighting.
The graphics are very sharp and clean and the game never suffers from lag. I could appreciate what the game makers were trying to do. As far as multiplayer goes, you will need to have another Game Boy Advance and the Blue advance cartridge while linking the two together. Long time GBA players will find this concept very familiar. Although I should mention that when you do link the two up, additional levels will become unlocked allowing for more explorative fun.
This game's a winner. Multiple paths to the end validate good replay ability, hidden bonus games and the most important ingredient 'fun?. My wife who normally doesn't like to play games is so hooked on this one I can't pry my GBA away from her long enough to review any of the other games I have.