Bomberman Tournament
Genre Puzzle -> Puzzle
Today's Rank 0
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Date N/A
Publisher Activision
Date 2001-08-10
Publisher Activision
United Kingdom Retail Box ArtBomberman has been around forever (OK, since 1990), and has starred on console systems as diverse as the Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64. Consistently great gameplay makes it one of the few series you can always count on. Fortunately, the brand-new Bomberman Tournament for Game Boy Advance is certainly no exception--it's a classic, through and through. The reason is stellar gameplay and simplicity, all combined with a heaping helping of action. It features a simple single-player quest mode, but it's in the multiplayer option--you face off against up to three computer opponents or friends over a network of GBA units--that the full potential of the franchise is realized. The puzzle-style gameplay is simple even for those new to the series. You've got to lay time bombs that trap your foes or obliterate them. Bombs also destroy obstacles and collect power-up tiles that give you new powers. Once all your opponents are destroyed, you win the level. In the past, Bomberman's single-player modes have been for practice, but this outing stretches the gameplay with eight large cities and a handful of dungeons. Bomberman is sent to destroy the enemy, including six giant bosses, and save the world in a somewhat Zelda-like environment. Yes folks, it actually has a plot, and it's not bad for such a simple game. The graphics are simple but well animated, and the music is straight out of the previous games, including the stirring Bomberman theme song. The single-player quest is worthwhile, but taking on a friend in head-to-head combat is still what the game is all about. It's the best of both worlds, and perfect for a handheld. --Andrew S. Bub Pros: Solid single-player quest Great multiplayer mode Cons: The graphics are a bit bland
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