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Bomberman Land could have been a mediocre Mario Party clone or simply a nostalgia-kick compilation like a lot of recent games. Instead however, it's actually a fantastic game that serves to not only pay tribute to Bomberman's proud heritage and introduce a new audience to the old classic, but prove that there's a new lease of life for Bomberman in 2008 and on the Wii. If you want a good few hours of pure gaming fun alone or with friends then I can't recommend Bomberman Land highly enough.
If you're trying to decide which of Bomberman's recent adventures to try out, we recommend Bomberman Land Touch! 2 for the DS. However, if you specifically have eyes on Bomberman Land for the Wii, there's a good amount of fun content included. There are certainly better Wii games out there, but I had fun with this one and it'll especially please fans of the original Bomberman experience.
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
Bomberman Land Wii has a lot of tasks to accomplish despite its perceived image as merely a minigame collection. While this is the meat of the game, all of its customization, unlockable content, challenges, and the added classic mode help to bolster its value, especially when considering that it has a default price of only thirty dollars. For that bargain price, Bomberman Land Wii is a great title for smaller gamers who love minigame collections with its single-player focus and healthy amount of content to wade through. Older gamers will notice its lack of polish, but younger players will find something to love and plenty to do despite its bland production values and awkward execution. If you're looking for a game to give to a small gamer, Bomberman Land Wii will keep them busy for a good while.
There is certainly some fun to be had in Bomberman Land, especially in the multiplayer modes, but it may just struggle to stand out amongst a crowded shelf to attract people attention.
It’s always nice when a game comes along that you don’t expect to enjoy in the slightest, but pleasantly surprises you. Bomberman Land is a shining light in an otherwise drab wasteland of terrible mini-game collections. Therefore it is well worth picking up for those who enjoy party games.
Game Informer Magazine
Fans will appreciate the classic versus bombfests and the multitude of modes and maps, but the lack of online play means many solo players will be stuck competing against lame bots.
Thankfully, Hudson included the classic Bomberman game in this package, and that's a very big bonus. You can play with up to four other players, and anyone who's played Bomberman knows how much fun it can be with other people. Unfortunately, you can't play online via Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection service, an odd and disappointing omission considering the DS version allows for online play. The classic Bomberman game contains twenty four maps and each map can be customized with different colors tiles for the bombable blocks, plus the game contains a "Wii mode" that has you using the pointer to drop bombs. So all things considered, Bomberman Land is a competent package combining a new mini-game driven mode along with the classic Bomberman game. Fans of the series should be more than happy with Bomberman Land, and folks looking for some mini-game action would do well to see if any of the forty featured mini-games are their cup of tea.
I love the classic Bomberman in this game; in fact that is about the only thing I like about this game. The new content of this game is boring and not worth the price of admittance. If you are dying for a Bomberman game for your system, then check this game out; otherwise this game is best left as a rental.
Cheat Code Central
Like I said, if you're looking for another mini-game frenzy and can't wait to invite your friends over, be careful with what you choose; this is not the one. If you just want to play mini-games for the sake of it and you think you were cut out to be the next Bomberman Land champ, then go ahead! Can't get enough of the classic Bomberman Battle Mode? You'll find it here! But beware; there are other cool games out there that may deserve your attention. I suggest you continue doing your research.
The Bomberman Land mini-games themselves, when you get to them, aren't bad. Reaction-timed games like the sword draw could be fun with a friend in multiplayer, but frankly, most of them aren't replayable. Not all of the mini-games use motion -- which is okay -- but we've seen these games before in 100 different ways, and I expect we'll see them again. Bomberman Land also includes the classic Bomberman game, which will delight fans of the old game. What, you mean the B-man wasn't always a mini-game collection? Ah, kids...Let me tell you a story. It'll honestly be more enjoyable for you than this game.
All you really need to know about Bomberman Land on the Wii is that it's great fun in multiplayer and not worth playing alone. Its simple gameplay fits perfectly in the Wii's targeted audience of casual and novice gamers, and experienced players can rarely refuse a game if offered. With a much cheaper, multiplayer Bomberman available on the Virtual Console, though, it's hard to recommend Bomberman Land.
If I were ever to compile a list of video game habits that should have been killed off several generations ago, right at the top would be unskipable cut scenes. It's common practise, for some reason, to punish the gamer for replaying the game by making them have to re-watch the same material countless times, but when Bomberman Land Wii commits this crime, it does so on a whole new level; it doesn't even matter if you're viewing it for the first time, what you’re required to watch is so dull that you're forced to sit and watch a lacklustre plot unfold ever so S-L-O-W-L-Y while you pump the A button in the hopes that it will speed the text up.
The only redeeming factor about Bomberman Land is the inclusion of the archaic (but still awesome) Battle Mode. While it's lacking a bit in options -- only six modes to choose from -- at least it's a blast to battle it out with your buds. At this point, though, it's hard to recommend a new Bomberman game when you can easily play this mode elsewhere...and for cheaper.
With more imagination put into its design, Bomberman Land could've been a great place to visit. Unfortunately, even at the budget price of $30, it's not worth exploring. The mini-game structure has too many flaws, the presentation is below average and the only appealing aspect of the game is something we've seen numerous times before. Unless you have Bomberman on the brain, leave this one on the shelf.
Bomberman Land does a good job at compiling a fairly good collection of mini-games but the bad story mode overshadows it. The saving grace is that the classic Bomberman game is included in the package and with that, offers more than just a run-of-the-mill mini-game Wii title.
Compared to other minigame collections, Bomberman Land is a dud. However, it isn't a bad way to bring home the classic Bomberman game that people have been enjoying for years. That's assuming, of course, that you have no way of hooking your Wii up to the Internet and downloading Bomberman '93 from the Virtual Console shop for a measly six dollars.
Precis som tidigare bottennapp som Bomberman: Act Zero och Bomberman Generations lär Bomberman Land Wii gå till historien som en parentes. Tycker man att Bomberman Land Wii är roligt tycker man förmodligen också att det är sexigt att betala skatt. Hade det inte varit för orignalets kvalitéer hade detta varit årets värsta kalkonsoppa hittills.
While Bomberman Land's budget price tag is somewhat redeeming, it just doesn't justify a purchase. Instead, download Bomberman '93 (or Bomberman Live on XBLA), or pick up the new, considerably better DS version.
Overall, this whole package seems held together with a cheap sticky-tack feeling that just leaves us wanting to cry. How are games like this released? And looking around at some of the more favourable reviews for this game already on the web just leaves us confused, and to be honest, a little frightened. Bomberman Land is an ill thought-out, cheaply made, tedious slog from start to however far you can manage to get without wanting to run away screaming. It’s an utterly terrible game partially saved by the fact that it contains Battle Mode with traditional Bomberman gameplay – but this can be found elsewhere anyway, which leaves nothing to recommend at all.
The bottom line is that Bomberman Land isn’t worth a purchase on any level. The story mode’s cut scenes are boring and consume way too much play time, the mini games are dull and endlessly repetitive and the battle mode, while fun, is available elsewhere for much less. It’s hard to imagine anyone other than series fanatics, or an evil supervillain determined to enslave the world through the onset of mini-game induced stupor, finding anything of value here. Bomberman Land is one park that should have stayed closed.
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