SUPER BOMBERMAN R
Blow up the competition in explosive arenas
Born in the less technically inclined times of 1983, the premise of
Bomberman hasn’t changed much at all over the last two decades, but it also hasn’t really needed to. It’s a simple but extremely tight battle of placing bombs in a small, grid-like arena and using the blasts to knock out your opponents be they AI or human. There are power ups that can boost your movement speed and the range of your blasts which are revealed after breaking blocks, so it becomes a tense race to nab these before anyone else does and make sure they’re close enough to your enemy to destroy them.
The main campaign consists of 50 stages that you can play solo or in co-op and plays out a bit like a series of puzzles as you trap and explode enemies to progress. There is a basic plot too – Emperor Buggler has announced his plans to conquer the universe using five resurrected robots and you have to travel to different worlds to defeat him.
Taking on the main role as big brother White bomber you need to chorale all seven of your younger, multicoloured siblings to help you along the way. The story definitely isn’t going to win any Oscars, but it doesn’t really matter when the focus is all on the gameplay itself.
There are also several different online modes, including an eightplayer tournament and 19 different battleground arenas, which include simple classic stages, multilevel ones with spring boards and others with slippery ice that affect your movement and add more danger to your bomb placement. There’s also ‘Grand Prix’ mode, which pits teams of three against each other where you can either count the total gems gathered for a win or the total number of times you explode someone, making for some really manic battles. Xbox owners also get an added extra if they grab the game in the form of a Master Chief skin for their Bomber, and those that preorder will get shiny versions of each of the characters as well.
It previously released on the Switch and was praised for its multiplayer, receiving several updates and additions over time – the Xbox One version will include all of the extra content right from the start so we’ll be getting the best version of the game right from the word go.
It may not be the biggest game in the world, but it’s still one to keep your eye on as there’s nothing else quite like a Bomberman arena. With so many modes there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re a fan of the series, and this is a great opportunity for new, modern audiences to give it a try. More tiny flame than big explosion.
“The Xbox One version will include all of the extra content from the start”
Above Xbox One players get an exclusive Master Chief themed bomber to play as. Nice gloves.