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While it doesn't really matter which version you buy -- Blue Advance or Red Advance -- Bomberman Max 2 is packed with features to keep you busy for quite some time. It is a terrific value considering all that is included, as Hudson Soft could have easily relied on the addictive single-player game all by itself. It may not be the most technically impressive cartridge on the system, but it will likely be one of the most played games in the library for those still carrying a torch for games that relied on fun over flash.
Bomberman Max 2 is a good, solid game with gameplay that will appeal to folks who love the multiplayer Bomberman games...and who doesn't love those games? The game layout also encourages a lot of replay since you'll have to backtrack through completed levels to gain access to other levels and find all the hidden Charabom characters. But the action might be a little too slow-paced for some...and the unfair elements, like the hidden death spots, are a little too much to ignore. The link-up games are a little on the lame side, too, considering that the Bomberman name is synonymous with great multiplayer action. Still, this package has a lot of stuff to it, and it's a good buy for players looking for something that's not too "formula." But if you want the true Bomberman action, track down Bomberman Tournament.
Bomberman Max 2 is one of those games which stands inches away from greatness. Given it a single-cart multiplayer game of traditional Bomberman, we'd be adding a couple more to the score. Heck, even a multi-cart version would be nice, but on its own the single player version really is only just about enough to carry the package. If you've played Bomberman to death and fancy a bit of a change, this might be just the thing, but if all you want is a decent multiplayer game for your GBA then look up Bomberman Tournament, released 18 months ago and give this a miss.
If you've already got last year's Bomberman Tournament for GBA, you probably don't need this one as well, unless you're a Bomberman freak. If, on the other hand, you don't have a Bomberman title for your handheld, you should consider this one. It's one of those games that you'll have trouble putting down.
Besides the main portion of the game, Bomberman Max 2 also offers a multiplayer segment. However, be warned that this is not the classic battle mode that we would all like it to be. Rather, Hudson attempted to create a sort of RPG type battle with the raised charaboms in the two-player portion of multiplayer. Like Pokemon, it’s a simple turn based operation with moves, however players will be required to perform more than one move during each turn.
Un seul jeu et deux versions, voici qui est un peu fâcheux. Les différences entre la cartouche bleue et la rouge sont minimes et donnent clairement l'impression de pousser à la consommation. Ajoutons à ceci que la campagne solo est sympathique mais pas extraordinaire, quant aux combats de Charaboms, on se demande parfois franchement ce que ça fout là !
This game would have been great if the poor level structure, annoying level tasks, and pointless Battle Game weren’t present. Hell, if the classic Bomberman multiplayer was in it, it would be good because of that alone. But, it’s not, so this game isn’t all that good. Only the true die-hard Bombermen with a lot of time on their hands should try this one.