Bomberman (Series)

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Author: Andy Robertson.

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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.

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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.

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

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3. You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360. You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

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 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).

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


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

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
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). 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.


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Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 

Free Multiplayer With Nintendo Download Play

The Nintendo DS and 3DS/2DS offers a feature for some games where you can play on multiple systems with one copy of the game. This is a great way to save money for multiplayer games.

The main player has the game in their DS, the other players go to the Download Play option in the menu of their DS. The game then downloads a small version to each player so everyone can play.

Some games limit this to just one other player, but games like Mario Tennis allow for 4 players to compete, and Mario Kart allows for up to 8 players to race against each other with just one copy of the game. Other games, like Luigi's Manion: Dark Moon offers special download multiplayer modes where you can compete against each other.

Here is a list of the top Download Play DS and 3DS games. Or there is our full list of great Download Play games.
 

Outwit The Crowd In Online Battles

Battle Royale games are played online against 100's of other players. They blend different genres of games: survival, exploration, adventure, shooting and scavenging while introducing the last-man-standing gameplay.

They are usually played in an arena where players start with basic equipment and aim to kill all the other players. The arena area shrinks as play proceeds to bring the game to a crescendo.

"The name for the genre is taken from the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, itself based on the novel of the same name, which presents a similar theme of a last-man-standing competition in a shrinking play zone." - Wikipedia
 
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