Boom, boom! Out go the lights! In Bomberman II, Hudson Soft took a good game and made it better. Nintendo old-timers may remember the original Bomberman as a one-player, action/strategy game with more than 40 levels. This sequel game offers more than 40 all-new areas and a two- or three-player competitive option.
The action in Bomberman II happens from an overhead view of a maze-like playing field. The object is to destroy all of the enemies and find the door to the next level. There are three game modes to do that in: Normal, Vs., and Battle. Normal mode pits you against a host of enemies that start out dumb, but become gradually more intelligent with each level. Vs. mode is a two-player, head-to-head, bomb-or-be-bombed competition. Battle mode is a three-player, every-bomberman-for-himself game that uses the magic of the NES Satellite.
In all three modes, you blow up sections of the maze with your bombs to uncover helpful icons, such as Flames (for larger explosions), or Bombs (to place more than one bomb at a time). The Vs. and Battle Modes provide more fun with two or three people than you've had in a long time. These multi-player modes really make this game worth buying.
ProTip: To stay alive in Vs. or Battle Mode, don't move unless you have to.
The Bomberman sprites in Bomberman II are a lot stockier than those in the original game. Your players look more like Michelin Men in this game than the ninja- looking protagonists from the first game. The graphics are clean and simple, which fits right in with the straightforward game play. You can move your Bomberman up, down, left, and right, and press A to drop bombs. This may sound easy, but one false move will turn you into Bomberman Flambé.
In one-player mode, explode your enemies by trapping them between a bomb and a wall.
Bomberman's sound is totally cool. In fact, the explosions sound more realistic on this version than they did on the Turbo Duo's Bomberman '93. There's no telling how they fit that explosive explosion sound into an NES game, but it definitely works with a resounding boom! Conversely, Bomberman life musical score is a real bomb. If you lay enough bombs, the explosion sound should sufficiently drown out the music.
Once you have the Flame icon, strategically place your bombs to blow up as many blocks as possible.
A Total Blast
Bomberman II is a blast from the past with enough new options to please any gamer. The two- and three-player options are especially explosive. B2 or not B2? The answer is simple.