Bomberman - GBA

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Also for: N-Gage, NEC PC Engine, NES, Spectrum 48K
Viewed: 2D Static screen Genre:
Puzzle: Maze
Arcade origin:No
Developer: HudsonSoft Soft. Co.: HudsonSoft
Publishers: Nintendo (GB)
Released: 9 Jul 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
No Accessories: No Accessories


From the late 1980s onwards, Hudson's Bomberman series quickly became a phenomenon. To many, it was the multi-player game. By all means it was a classic, and this was almost exclusively down to its four-player gaming.

But what some of you won't know, is that it was once a single-player puzzle game on NES. It debuted in 1986 and inspired its successors to become the classics they are: and to remind gaming folk, Nintendo has released the 8-bit original as part of its NES Classics range.

As players familiar to the series would expect, the original Bomberman pits players in an array of block-lined puzzle environments with a variety of opposing computer-controlled players. Your goal is simple: by deploying and detonating bombs, players must wipe out their enemies on the battlefield before finding a hidden exit to proceed to the next stage.

It sounds simple enough, but gameplay is made more complex by increasingly cunning AI and several power-ups, most of which prove very useful. Power-ups can enhance certain abilities such as speed, and can even give bombermen more precise control over their weapons.

It's classic Bomberman, and though it lacks a multi-player game, it's still one of the best NES puzzlers around and is worthy of a GBA release.