Pocket Bomberman is a good game to have for the Game Boy Color, even though it's not the most memorable game I've ever played. Strange thing is, it doesn't bother me that this version of Bomberman doesn't have a multiplayer mode in it, which means the game has enough going for it to make it worth playing even without the ever-so-important multiplayer stuff. Still, there is one thing to note: Pocket Bomberman, like so many games on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, is somewhat mindless. It's a game you could play while you're in the john, or while you're waiting at the doctor's office. To me, it's not a game you'd want to sit down and beat in one sitting. Another interesting observation: Pocket Bomberman is better than the one-player modes in N64 Bomberman games. Goes to show you just how good those games are! Anyway, graphically, PB is decent enough, although not nearly as impressive as other recent GB Color games (like The Smurfs* Nightmare). It basically has regular Game Boy graphics with a little bit of color added. Lastly, the Jump Mode is an interesting puzzle-type of game but I didn't like it all that much--it's more of a minigame to me. Overall, this B-man is not the best GB version around, but it's good considering that it doesn't even have a multiplayer mode.
This variation of Bomberman is fairly fun. The classic Bomberman theme translates well to the adventure/platform game arena. As usual, bombs are used to find hidden items, kill enemies, etc. I like that kind of simplicity in a game. The usual assortment of cool power-ups can be found and used (Remote Control is still the best). I found most of the levels to be interesting, albeit a bit short. You could probably beat it in a few hours.
I guess it's kind of cool that Hudson decided to try to make a "different" kind of B-man game, but they forgot one thing: to make the game fun. Pocket Bomberman is a decidedly average borefest of a platformer that offers nothing innovative whatsoever. The only bit of challenge lies in the boss battles; everything else seems like it's there just to pass the time away. To make things worse, there's no multiplayer mode. Yawn.
A pleasantly surprising mix of platform-style play and all of the gameplay ideas you'd expect from Bomberman. It's simple, fun and effective--and it's worth noting that it's all considerably more entertaining than the trashy N64 Bomberman games that we've been forced to tolerate in recent months. It doesn't take that much advantage of the GB Color's enhanced palette, but it's bright and clear. A good little bit of fun.