Ever wanted to just go throw bombs and blow up things…oh my goodness that sounds wrong…OK the punchline is Bomberman, developed by Hudson Soft and released in 1983 for various computers but was eventually released in 1985 for the Famicom.

You play as Bomberman, a robot who goes around a maze with bombs at your disposal trying to blow up…walking balloons with faces? After blowing up all the enemies you must blow up rocks to find the doors to enter the next level but it takes time and you’re at risk of running out of time and the balloons with faces turn into scary coins and there faster and it’s hard to avoid and it’s annoying.

Did you know? When it was released in the UK for the ZX Spectrum it’s known as Eric and the Floaters and Don Pepe Y Los Globos for Spanish territories.

You can get items to help you which can either increase the blast range or drop more than one bomb at a time and these can help you in many ways. The game is very hard, you have to time your spot to put the bombs and make sure you don’t get blocked in within walls and a bomb.

Did you know? Warp & Warp by Namco could most likely be an inspiration for this game.

Overall, it’s a fun, challenging game…and I can only get to stage 2, how sad, the difficulty is high like any retro game for its time period and it makes you play continuously until you can reach the next stage, it’s a game that spawned a very good franchise.

You can get it for the MSX, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8801, Sharp MZ-700, FM-7, ZX Spectrum, Famicom/NES, Famicom Disk System, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and N-Gage.

Rating: 4/5


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