Classic and simple entertainment that requires minimal system resources
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
Retro gaming glory is back in action with the revival of Nintendo's classic Bomberman title in this freeware port, which has been aptly named Bombermaaan. This adaptation retains all of the magic that was presented in the original version. As enthusiasts of the explosive series know, success is all about timing and placement.
The titular character begins his quest enclosed within a cavernous maze of cunning foes. Although the labyrinth appears sealed, players use detonations to crumble vulnerable stone walls. This ability opens up pathways to escape an endless onslaught of deadly enemies. Every stage poses new arrangements that require shrewd tactics.
Luckily for the hero, his arsenal is packed with a diverse assortment of brutal power-ups. These strategic enhancements include remote control explosions, agility boosts, extra weaponry, bigger blasts and double damage. All of these special advantages are available in the form of items randomly distributed among the boulders, which means players have to get lucky sifting through the rubble if they really want to gain a tactical edge against their opponents.
Five tricky levels are automatically installed with the game, but the developers offer a free upgrade on their website to add 150 levels of booming mayhem. Dynamite equals puzzles, and the challenges gradually ascend new scales of madness. With the expansion pack, difficulty levels dramatically surpass the classic release.
Overall, the title is remarkably loyal to its console prototype. Nostalgia for the 1980s comes to life with the lo-fi arcade soundtrack. The character sprites are rendered in a much smoother fashion than the NES would ever allow, so players can enjoy a sleek 2D battle without being distracted by the previous title's pixels.
Five players can enter the ring at a time. Each icon looks the same, and they are only differentiated by color. In this regard, the options available are white, black, blue, red and green. Modern gamers may be disappointed by the lack of diversity in playable characters, but those that experienced this title in its prime will love the faithfully simple selections. The simultaneous rumble always pits players against each other in a boldly confounding fight for survival. With the massive variety of stages available, the setting for every match is randomized to provide a truly even playing field.
Setting up a brawl is a breeze. The menu is streamlined for swift entry into blissful bombing combat. Every participant can easily program their own keys on the board for maximum comfort and control. One keyboard can house all five players, especially if they are willing to crowd around the computer. Since Bombermaaan thrives at dropping bombs, his game knows how to create a blast for the whole family.
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