Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bomberman Hero for the Nintendo 64





Bomberman has always had a little place in my heart for being one of the first characters to use bombs as a weapon. Even though he hasn’t been doing that well right now, he will still have a special place in my heart for his Nintendo 64 games. My favorite has to be Bomberman Hero for the Nintendo 64. Is Bomberman still up to snuff? Or should he just retire all together?

The plot is kind of like the beginning of Star Wars Episode 4. A princess and her robot have escaped from this death star-like planet, and is then kidnapped as the robot escapes. The robot lands on Bomberman’s home planet and asks him for help. Of course, Bomberman accepts and goes out to save the princess from the grasp of evil. So, yeah, it’s nothing special, but then again, you don’t play Bomberman for the story.

The game play is an adventure plat-former where you control Bomberman and go through four worlds filled with multiple levels and a major boss fight at the end. This time, instead of just lying bombs around, you get to throw them. I like this because I thought the last game was made too tedious, having to lay the bombs around. You can also jump and charge up enough to throw four bombs. The biggest surprise was that you had a health bar. In the last game, if you got hit once, you would die. There were also levels that gave special power-ups, like a snowboard, jetpack, propeller, and a helicopter power-up, which gives the levels in the game some variety.

The difficulty is basically in the middle. It isn’t too hard, but it isn’t easy either. The graphics are impressive for the time, but they are just as good as Beetle Adventure Racing. What I am trying to say is, they are no Perfect Dark. The music fits Bomberman. It’s lively and full of techno beats. The boss fights are also fun and challenging.

Even though this is a fun game, there are some faults with it. One is that the music soundtrack isn’t that big. Most levels have the same song and it just gets boring. There isn’t much challenge in the game until the final level, meaning you can beat most of the game in one sitting. There is not much in replay value. I think it would have been cool to unlock the first Bomberman game or something.

All and all, this is a good game, and I would recommend looking for it. Just don’t pay too much for it. I say 20 dollars or less. Even though he isn’t as good as he used to be, Bomberman still remains as one of the oldest icons that is still kicking. So, yeah, I would recommend this one over the first Bomberman.

This game gets an 8 out of 10.

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