- Machine: Nintendo Entertainment System
Bomberman is an action-puzzle game that's just a little unlike anything else for the NES. As the robot Bomberman, you have to run through each of the game's 50 mazes, planting bombs in the paths of the nasty creatures that live there.
Some of the walls in each maze can be destroyed and some are indestructible, but it's easy to tell them apart. The basic strategy is to place your bombs to blow up some of the creatures while keeping the rest confined until you're ready to deal with them.
Bomberman isn't immune to his own bombs - it's perfectly possible to get caught in your own explosions. This is pretty embarrassing when it happens, and it's a lot easier to do than you might think.
When you've destroyed all of the creatures in a maze, one section of wall begins to flash, showing where the power-up item for that level is hidden. Among other things, power-ups can increase the force of your explosions, give you extra speed, increase the number of bombs you can plant at once, and allow you to detonate bombs at the touch of a button.
The one section of wall that never flashes, however, is the section where the exit is hidden. The only way to find it is to methodically destroy every inch of the walls. Since you're working against a time limit, this can be a real problem, and some players may find it annoying. If the exit happens to be hidden in the last bit of wall left in the maze, a bonus symbol appears and you may get an incredible number of points - but that's small consolation for losing a life, and it doesn't happen very often.
Most games require you to shoot things in front of you, but Bomberman is different. You have to rely on a good sense of timing, rather than dead aim, to eliminate your enemies. The action takes some getting used to, but it's an oddly addictive sort of game. It seems simple at first, but gets more difficult as you progress.
Judging from the cute graphics, you might conclude that Bomberman is aimed at younger players - but it will probably appeal to gamers of all ages.
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Deep in the Earth there's a little robot named Bomberman. He leads a pitiful existence in a bomb factory. But one day, hearing that robots who can reach the surface will become human, he leaves the factory and tries to escape his underground world.
The plot of Hudson Soft's Bomberman is pretty slim. The game is slim, too, but that's not necessarily bad. As Bomberman, you have to blast your way through 50 rooms. Each room has the same pattern of concrete blocks, but bricks are randomly stacked around the blocks, hiding and impeding your exit.
There's a variety of enemy characters you have to destroy, each with a different trait. Ovapes and Dorias can move through bricks and concrete blocks. Min-vos and Passes are speedy, and they'll chase you if you cross their path. Valcoms, O'Neals, and Dahls are fairly easy to blow up — certainly easier than Pontans, which will actually hunt you down.
You're armed with bombs, but at first you can place only one bomb at a time. Fortunately, each room contains an item hidden in a brick. As you find the items, you gain new abilities: You can place more bombs at a time, walk through walls, and use a detonator to explode your bombs at will.
There are several drawbacks to Bomberman. With only 50 rooms, it is fairly easy to complete. And since the basic arrangement (and color) of the concrete blocks is always the same, it becomes a little monotonous.
On the other hand, Bomberman may be perfect for an inexperienced Nintendo player. For example, there's a password for every room, so when you lose a game, you never have to start over from the beginning. However, the passwords are 20 letters long. Entering these unusually long passwords gets very boring and frustrating after 10 or 12 games.
You can rack up enormous scores in Bomberman, though. And since the brick designs are random, every time you play you get a slightly different game. Bomberman may not be for advanced gamers, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun (and good practice) for beginners.
Bomberman has been put to work in an underground compound at the center of the Earth. One day he learned that he can become a human by escaping from the center of the Earth and made in to the surface. He can only rely on bombs of his own production for his defense. Will Bomberman ever make it to the surface?
Bomberman has been put to work in an underground compound at the center of the Earth. One day he learned that he can become a human by escaping from the center of the Earth and make it to the surface. He can only rely on bombs of his own production for his defense. Will Bomberman ever make it to the surface?