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Bomberman (Series) Review

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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Bomberman is the spiritual ancestor to last-player-standing battles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, but here you all play on the same screen and have the same bomb weapon. There are lots of versions, but in all of them you battle with up to eight players in a variety of modes, power-ups and abilities.

As in games like Fortnite or Apex Legends, everyone fights to be the last player remaining. Here, though, you can see what the other players are doing the whole time because of the shared screen, and it becomes a game of bluff and double-bluff. Also, each round only lasts a few minutes so it’s easier to stop when its dinner time.

Although skilled and competitive, the simplicity of the levels and limited ways to attack make this game accessible for all abilities. It’s raucous, explosive fun that fits into family life.

A version of Bomberman is available on most systems, although it’s worth reading a review of the specific versions before purchasing. For example, there are many versions for the Nintendo DS, but the original Bomber man game works best for families as it includes a ‘Download Play’ option, which allows you to download the game to up to 8 other DS consoles then battle using a local wireless connection:
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  • Bomberman Land Touch!
  • Bomberman Land Touch! 2

Super Bomberman R Online takes a highly customisable version of the game online in battle royale style. Exclusive to Stadia, this version pit up to 64 Players against each other. The game will be one of the first Stadia titles to take full advantage of Crowd Play, a feature that allows players to jump into a game with professional players on YouTube.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Konami (@Konami)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game. Single rounds are quick but sessions combine multiple rounds into championships to see who can get the most points. These can go on all evening if the family are free.
 
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 64 players online. Most versions of Bomberman support up to 8 players in the same room although this will be limited on PlayStation 4 which can only support 4 controllers. The new Stadia Super Bomberman R Online offers up to 64 online players.

CostsCosts

Bomberman usually costs £5.39 to £8.99.
 

Bomberman '94

Switch Store Wii U £6.29

Bomberman 64

Switch Store Wii U £8.99

Bomberman Battlefest

XBox Store Xbox One £6.79

Bomberman Panic Bomber

Switch Store Wii U £7.19

Bomberman Ultra

PlayStation Store PS3 £7.99

Bomberman ’93

Switch Store Wii U £5.39
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7 because of non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. General gameplay is seen from an isometric perspective. Players can use cartoony bombs to defeat a variety of fantastical (child-like) foes. Foes will react to being defeated by falling down and disappearing.

The game features a variety of boss fights, some of the bosses look rather intimidating (such as the transformed Dastardly Bombers and the game’s final boss).
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

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