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Genre: 3D, Action, Retro :: Players: 1 :: Released: 12/1/09

3D Bomberman Review

Developer: Hudson Soft, Living Mobile

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Good 3D graphics
Great fun while it lasts
Good range of levels

Cons

Quick to finish

See Compatible Handsets

79

Graphics

88

Sound

75

Controls

80

Playability

85

Lastability

67

Review Details
Handset Nokia N81 8Gb
Time Played 2 hours
Game Progress Completed campaign mode

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 12/1/09

The perennial bomber is back


The little Bomberman has been going strong on mobile ever since colour handsets were launched. Apart from the odd dalliance with Karting, the Bomberman series has been consistently based around the console game. This year's effort sees Bomberman enter the world of 3D gaming (fairly sure there was a 3D version before, but the new one should work on many more handsets).

The game is based around 12 worlds with each world having two or three levels and a boss level. For the main levels, the aim is to blow up the opposition by dropping bombs in the maze and trapping them in the ensuing flames. You can only drop bombs right next to you, so you have to either run away and wait for it t explode or, if you've got the right power-up, you can punch and kick the bomb away. You can find the power-ups by blowing up blocks.

The levels come in a few different flavours. The first part of the game is mostly played against drones. They can't drop any bombs but they will chase and kill you if contact is made. As you go through the game you will face other bombermen who can also lay bombs and cause havoc. The AI and difficulty curve is set quite kindly. It is only towards the end of the game that the bombermen AI gets really tough. The game has infinite continues and it's very quick to reload after you die.

The 3D graphics look good and far improves the game over some of its past top down view incarnations. It does remind a little of some of the 3D Worms games and there is a sense that the mobile is being pushed quite far to achieve the effect - although there is no slowdown or dodgy chopping on the N81.

Once the main campaign mode has been complete there isn't a whole lot left to do. You are free to play the story again or choose any of the levels to get a faster time. There is a custom match mode where you can specify everything from the frequency of the power-ups to the number of opponents and their AI.

3D Bomberman is a well developed and graphically impressive game but just needs a little more weight to keep the action coming. With so much of the file size being devoted to the graphics there understandably isn't any room left for a 2 player option (at least on the N81). An iPhone version is scheduled for release later this year so lets see what they can do with 40Mb of memory instead of 600k.