Bomberman (Series) Review

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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy 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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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.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

 

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

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

 

This game has been rated PEGI 7 because of non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: 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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Super Bomberman R Online has the following accessiblity:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

1 Button & Single Stick: Can play with button and stick.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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