Excerpt: Bomberman is one of the very few characters that has kept his roots in the video game world. In the newest version of his bombing action, Hudson brings you a classic Bomberman style of gameplay! The rules are simple, like most classic Bomberman titles. Get from point A to point B, while blasting obstacles and enemies! Bomberman gameplay has always been simple and fairly family friendly. This version is no different.
Excerpt: has made an appearance on just about any system you can think of. The GBA, Saturn, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Dreamcast, and many others have played host to the mad bomber, and now he’s making his first appearance on the Nintendo DS.
Excerpt: I recall playing Wario Blast many years ago on the original Game Boy. It was a clone of Bomberman except the protagonist was Nintendo’s character, Wario. With the DS as Nintendo’s current handheld, Bomberman Land 2: Touch brings back some nostalgia and also contains many new features – besides the obvious graphical update. Bomberman Land 2: Touch has a story mode which includes over 40 mini-games.
Excerpt: Bomberman has been around for a long, long time--as long as perennial favorites like Zelda or Mega Man. However, it's been somewhat more difficult for Bomberman to adapt to the times, and Bomberman today isn't radically different from Bomberman in 1985. Hudson has now brought its half-puzzle, half-action game to the N-Gage, and unsurprisingly, it doesn't do anything terribly exciting with the established formula of the series--but it also doesn't muck things up too badly...
Excerpt: There are certain games that push the limits of hardware and design convention in an attempt to create the next new sensation. Then, there are games like Bomberman, which has remained essentially unchanged for more than 20 years. Any complaints that Hudson's trademark franchise has become stagnant are invalidated by the simple fact that the basic Bomberman gameplay is still tons of fun after all these years.
Pros: Great Bomberman gameplay is left unmolested, 4-player ad hoc battles require only one copy of the game, 150 varied and challenging levels and plenty of tough boss battles, Sharp, charming graphics
Cons: The item stock system can be a bit clunky to use mid-battle
Excerpt: As a renowned character and unit shifting piece of gaming IP, Bomberman is slipping into the past. He may have some status in the heritage of our pastime, and occupy a special rose tinted place in the hearts of gamers who were wowed by the SNES when it first arrived on UK shores, but compared to the likes of Mario and Sonic, the explosives expert has taken something of a back seat.
Excerpt: Bomberman DS isn’t beautiful by any means, but it does what it has to do. Graphics really aren't something that is concerned with in a game such as this, so I guess that point is moot. There is one part in Bomberman DS that is in 3D, but that part is only in the opening credits. The rest of Bomberman DS is 100% good, old-fashioned 2D goodness.
Excerpt: The setup is familiar, of course: from a top-down view, you guide your cute lil' explosives expert through various maze-like stages, setting bombs that detonate at 90-degree angles after a few seconds. The idea is to catch enemies (or in multiplayer, your enemy Bombermen) in your bombs' explosions, while being careful not to trap or blow yourself up in the process (or run unwittingly into another opponent's bomb while running away from your own).