"Well, it's Bomberman!"
Super Bomberman is a great and popular video game featured as the first installment in the Bomberman series on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This is also the first four-player game to be released on the SNES, or Super Farmicon, as it is known in Japan.
The gameplay is very simple. It takes place on a single non-scrolling screen, and is based on a grid of 143 squares. The grid stops the movement of the little bomberman, so he can only move horizontally and vertically around the screen. The “A” buttom makes the bomberman to drop a bomb at his feet, which will pulse for few seconds (time in which the player has to run away) and then explored. The bombs shoot flames vertically and horizontally. The main idea behind the game is to use the bomb blasts to destroy walls and enemies.
Large chain reactions can also be produced, if the flame of a bomb hits another bomb. If the flame from any bomb hits the character it will injure, but most of the time kill the player, unless he is invincible, thanks to one of the surprise grids scattered around the map.
In the beginning of the game most levels are filled with destructible soft walls, which disintegrates if hit by a bomb. After the player makes way, he is able to move around and clear the other remaining walls. However, it would be smarter to leave some walls and to try to trap the moving enemies inside it and the bomb. It is impossible to walk past a bomb, so getting trapped between a wall and a bomb will most likely kill you, unless you have much space to hide into.
Some special items are scattered on the screen and can easily be picked up by the player. However, these items are first revealed after enemies or walls are destroyed. Bomberman is not only a game of killing enemies and destroying walls, but also a game of strategy.
The “Battle Mode” is the most interesting way to play Bomberman. Up to four different players, human or controlled by a computer, can play in the Battle Mode of the SNES version (it is, however, required to have a multitap).
There are twelve themed stages and the battle takes place on one of them. The aim is to blow up the other players while staying alive yourself. The last player standing wins the round.
The game was really popular, although its ratings do not entirely show this. No less than 307 users voted the game on GameSpot and offered it a total average of 8.5 out of 10, which is not a bad score, but not fantastic either considered the game was very popular and appreciated.
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- Manufacturer: Hudson
- Machine: Super NES
- Theme: Action
- No. of Levels: 42+
What a Blast!
It's here! The ultimate in cooperative games has finally arrived the Super NES! This incredible version has more levels and features than the original. The idea is simple: run around a one-screen maze in search of power-ups and attempt to blow up an opponent, or two, or three! With the aid of the MultiTap, four players can compete for points or just simple bragging rights!
There are over forty levels to pass in the Normal mode. One or two players can battle in the seven mid-levels with a powerful boss character afterwards.
The real fun and challenge lies in the Battle mode. Up to four players can compete in twelve very unique stages with an easy objective: blow your opponents to pieces! These stages offer great surprises like complete darkness with only a roving spotlight nearby, or a psycho zone where there are no obstacles and everyone is powered-up!
If you're tired of lame games that don't offer long lasting fun and action, check out Super Bomberman. It's sure to be a blast at any party!
Bomberman, the bomb-toting favorite for the TurboGrafx system is back in his latest installment, Bomberman '93! This time Bomberman has several new worlds to blast his way through! The objective is simple: drop bombs to destroy boulders and enemies - but be careful! Your bombs can destroy you as well, if you stand too close! Also, when an item or exit appears, watch where you place your bomb. If your blast hits either of these items, more monsters will appear, and you cannot leave a level until all the monsters have been wiped out! You also have a time limit, so act fast! In addition, there is a five player game where you and four others blast each other to rack up big points. Bombs away!
Bombs away! Super Bomberman is Hudson Soft's long-awaited Super NES version of the NES and Duo Bomberman games. This high-action blow- em-up is the best thing that's ever happened to group SNES game playing.
You can play Super B in two modes, Normal and Battle. Normal Mode is a somewhat boring one- or two-player quest where you bomb your way through 48 stages, fighting monsters and bosses as you try to free Diamond City from Mr. Karat and his golden goons. You can adjust the level in this mode and you g a wider variety of power-up but the action's not nearly a frantic or fun as in Battle Mode. Battle Mode's the star of the Super Bomberman show. Using Hudson Soft's new Super Multitap (bundled with the game) up to four Bomber- people can do battle. As expected, the computer fills out the playing field when you're a few bombers short.
You get a ton of power-ups in this mode. Some classic power-ups return in Super B, including the famed Kicker. Most, though, are new. You can pick up Detonators, Punchers, Skulls that make you invisible, and more. There's also a great selection of Zones, nearly all of which have new surfaces and features.
Super Bomberman throws around some 16-bit graphic muscle with more detailed characters (if cartoony), smoother animation, and sharper backgrounds. Super B's music, however, is just as annoying as it was in the previous versions. The controls could be more responsive, but the SNES controller's extra buttons are well-utilized.
Overall, we like this edition more than the Duo version for its wacky new power-ups and levels. Battle Mode really makes this game great -- an instant classic! Plus, since you get Hudson's Super Multitap when you buy the game, it's a great bargain, too. Call your friends...it's time to separate the Bombermen from the Bomberboys!