A game that stayed true to its roots. Good old classic Bomberman with its nostalgic multiplayer free-for-all style gameplay never gets too old for me and I bet it never will. But considering its 2018 there are quite a few changes here and there. The whole three-dimensional graphics and style in top-down camera mode just felt a little too hard to get through. Whether it’s getting blasted with your own little bomb because you weren’t tucked enough in the comfort of your cover or just simply going full-retard like I always do. It’s still fun despite its shortcomings yet would’ve been great with different camera-modes to keep things, both me and you, from blowing up.
The game itself is separated into two. A Standard mode which includes a full-story, a battle mode as well as a shop where you we can all purchase additional characters, new map types, as well as head accessories to keep the fashion police happy. While on the other end of the stick is where we face the Grand Prix and unlike Standard… Grand Prix gives you control of memory cartridges that can be used by the Bomberman Bros and Girls of course! These cartridges give you special abilities to use in the 3v3 team battle royale available in this mode. Both can be played online, solo or with friends which is pretty much the game is all about. Some good old yet nasty fun for the family while breaking familial ties and relationships along the way!
The story mode while a bit of a fun little mash up of quirky level designs and modes also brings in the cutesy yet cartoony art style that looks so good. With the story that starts off peacefully, that can only get worse when Buggler, the arch nemesis of the Bomberman Bros and girls of course! Resurrected the fallen bombers in the scrapyard. Now with the five dastardly bombers at his side, they then wreak havoc into the worlds. Play as the many color-coded Bomberman characters available as well as the additional characters that can be purchased from the shop itself.
BUT don’t forget to bring a friend with you as you play a 2-player co-op level grinding adventure in the many worlds and levels of the game. Each being short while providing different modes and objectives whether its rescuing civilians, finding keys, activating buttons or simply murdering enemies with devastatingly high-powered bombs, just don’t forget to dodge the bombs or else ready up your ass for some high flying action towards the edge of the screen. While the game gives you all these power-ups in order to build up for the world’s boss fight, it does however make you forget to think on your feet… or maybe it’s just me! As I get blown to bits every single time. Although it does let you continue the game infinitely with little punishment of paying the toll, a small fee to pay in order to rid the world of evil.
The boss fights are mostly two separate fights with a bomber in its normal form which only requires you to hit them once but considering the number of power-ups you get throughout the world you’re currently in, it’s simply much easier to just dash right in and poop a ton of bombs up close and personal to get right on the next phase. Second-phase of boss fights, however, follow certain mechanics in a giant-type battle whether its bombing their body parts ‘til they fall or just simply bombing their body parts ‘til they fall… although the mechanics are just the same as others, what makes them unique to one another is the level designs in each world that provide different ways of beating each one.
Grand Prix, as I mentioned before is a 3v3 team battle that you can do whether it’s keeping as many crystals towards the end of the round or simply earning points by killing enemy players or AI. It’s fun and also provides a much needed time to just enjoy the game in full swing!
The game looks and plays great! It’s a smooth experience all-throughout the entire match and out. Its crisp, it is tasty… it is uhmm?! Delicious? Sorry I got hungry! In any case, that’s all there is to it. There are no issues when it comes to the full experience and that alone is one thing that is noteworthy when it comes to games nowadays and how they come out as glitch-y as fuck or barely playable. The voice acting is good considering there’s only a few of them, to begin with but it does capture their charms and feels well-portrayed despite looking like jellybean-men in colored tights.
IS IT WORTH IT? For a trip down memory lane at its current price? It really comes down to how much you’ll play it. As an arcade-type game that can be played in short-bursts it can be fun to play that begs for “just one more match!” everytime but gets repetitive if played alone. However, it’s the kind of game just anyone can play with or without prior knowledge to video games in general so couch co-op or battles is easy enough to drag someone in. IF that didn’t work, drop the bomb at their asses! Because they’re missing out on some good old fun that only classic games can bring.