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|A.P.I Review:||BOMBERMAN WORLD|
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|Game Type:||Party/Puzzle||Memory Card|
|Review Date:||August 1998||Multi-tap|
Setting the Scene
With summer coming to an end across Europe and school a few weeks away, most parents will no doubt be almost insane by now. Why not ease the pain a little by keeping them quiet for a few hours on the PlayStation. The simple question is, will this game keep them quiet for longer than it takes for a couple of headache tablets to wear off..?
Puzzle???? Party???? Adventure???? Kids?????
Well, if graphics are all that you are concerned about I do not recommend Bomberman. There is definitely nothing exciting here except for the long opening CG FMV. To watch someone else play this game you would think, what a cheap title for something as sophisticated as the Playstation. But you have to play it to really experience its true draw. The graphics are very basic. No fancy backgrounds, no fancy animation. They serve no other purpose than to form a board to play on. The characters and animation are very childlike but don't let that fool you. Hudson somehow makes it work. Behind all of Bomberman's basic features lies a very addicting and challenging game.
Sounds and Effects
The sounds are much like the graphics, very basic, but they work. There's really nothing too spectacular but the tunes match the animation and the feel of the game very well.
Here's where Bomberman really shows its stuff. Beneath the basic task oriented game (i.e.- collect crystals, blow up competitors) lies a very entertaining challenge. To start off, Bomberman has three different modes, Normal, Battle, and Challenge. The Normal mode allows you to travel from board to board avoiding (and destroying) the other creatures while collecting all the crystals in order to open the door to the next board. Along the way you can collect extra bombs and lives, etc. to strengthen your chances of completing the board. The Battle mode matches you up against all the other characters in the game (10?) in a pseudo battle royal with bombs. The goal here is to be the last man standing. It's pretty crowded at first with a lot of bombs exploding so you have to be careful, but it feels surprisingly delightful when everyone else dies and you don't. Don't lollygag either because there is a time limit and the outer edges of the board will start to fill in and can crush you. The Challenge mode is a lot of fun. You pick a time limit for the board (2 minutes or 5 minutes) and then you must complete the board within that time or die. I found this mode extremely addicting and very frustrating, but when you're as competitive as I am, that just adds to the games pleasure. As in Battle mode, when the time starts running out the music speeds up and the board fills in. Don't get caught or you will die. You main goal in this mode is to simply get through the board. You don't have to worry about collecting crystals and the like, just finish. You can't move on until you finish your current board. Bomberman is extremely easy to play. You move around the grid with the D pad and drop bombs with the touch of a button. That's basically it! You don't have to worry about finding secrets and you certainly don't need to worry about executing complicated moves. It is a very basic game with the old fashioned concept of collect the necessary items and move on.
Value for Money
I would definitely recommend adding this game to your collection. You will probably call me every name in the book at first, but once you play this game a couple of times you won't want to stop. It just seems to draw you to it. It is very addicting and quite challenging if you are a competitive person. Well worth the investment.
first time I played Bomberman I was very disappointed. I thought "This
is a stupid kids game with graphics straight out of the '80's." But
once I got past the graphics and sounds and really started playing the
game, I fell in love with it.
It really is a lot of fun and it will definitely test your will and patience. With the different game modes and many levels, Bomberman has the ability to provide hours and hours of gaming entertainment if you let it. I whole heartedly recommend this game if you want to have fun. Don't let this grade fool you