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Bomberman (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
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5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.4
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall MobyScore (8 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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90
Cheat Code Central
Bomberman is sure to find a new audience with this game although it's bound to alienate some diehard fans unless they get into the multi-player modes. If you've got a DS, you must rent Bomberman just to see what the fuss is all about. Until next time may you stay out of the blast radius and keep all your teeth in your head.
88
4Players.de
Im Mehrspielermodus ist Bomberman DS, genau wie seine Konsolen- und Computerbrüder, einfach ein göttlicher Spaß – und dass man für die volle Ladung nur ein Spielmodul braucht, ist ein verdammt fairer Zug der Entwickler! Leider verhindern die technischen Probleme den Aufstieg in den Wertungs-Olymp, lange Downloadzeiten und ruckelige Grafik schon bei leichten Verbindungsschwierigkeiten hinterlassen einen zwiespältigen Eindruck. Auch der Einzelspielermodus ist nicht das Gelbe vom Helm, die immergleichen Gegner handeln viel zu berechenbar – und reagieren nicht auf Beschimpfungen. Habt ihr also einige Freunde mit DS in der Nähe, gibt es gegenwärtig keine Alternative zum Gruppenbomben. Spielt ihr hingegen bevorzugt allein, solltet ihr besser zu einem anderen Game greifen.
82
Game Chronicles
Bomberman on the DS is Bomberman at his best. The classic 2D design keeps the game simple and perfectly suited to D-pad controls, and the touch screen allows for quick access to power-up items and lets you navigate the setup menus much more quickly than button presses.
80
Jeuxvideo.fr
Boom et encore boom, voilà le son que l'on aime entendre en jouant à Bomberman. Surtout si c'est votre bombe qui explose un adversaire. 19 ans après sa naissance, il débarque sur DS et c'est un hit en puissance. De très nombreuses heures de jeu vous attendent. Regroupez vos amis et vous ne serez pas déçu. L'essayer c'est ne plus jouer à autre chose pendant longtemps. Fun, plaisir et compétition sont regroupés dans une toute petite cartouche. Petit jeu de mots pour finir : ce jeu est une véritable bombe.
80
JeuxActu
Loin des jeux DS n’exploitant pas les capacités de la console au point de nous faire croire que nous sommes encore sur GBA, Bomberman DS fait parti de ces rares jeux ayant été pensé pour la petite dernière de Nintendo. Alors que les excellents Zoo Keeper, WarioWare Touched et autres Project Rub jouent la carte du stylet, c’est avant tout le double écran qui est mis à l’honneur ici, donnant une visibilité parfaite pour les parties multijoueur. Pour passer d’excellentes vacances avec les potes équipés de DS, pas de doute, Bomberman DS est LE jeu qu’il vous faut, surtout quand on sait qu’il est jouable jusqu’à huit avec une seule cartouche.
80
TTGamer
If there was a criticism of Bomberman to be made, it's that aside from little tweaks -- a few new powerups here, or a multi-screen layout there -- nothing much has changed in the Bomber world since he made his NES debut many, many years ago. As such, when you're buying Bomberman DS, you're not buying anything that's drastically new. Some gamers would bemoan this as a totally unoriginal title -- and they'd be right. Others would point out that it's as much simple and hectic fun as it's always been -- and they'd be right too. It's not really a game suited to the single player DS owner, although it'd be a great way to meet and engage other DS owners you might come across. If you're in a circle of DS-owning mates, though, this is pretty much the must-have title.
80
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz)
The single player experience blows and doesn't hold a candle to the insane multiplayer action, all available from the one cartridge. The presentation is simple and minimalist, so while it won't blow you away, it allows you to focus entirely on the intense multiplayer action. BDS is one one of the best multiplayer Bomberman titles ever and certainly the best portable Bomberman title. As a single player game, Bomberman falls short. As a multiplayer game, Bomberman is the tallest poppy in the field.
80
GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
In short, Bomberman is a game you buy for the incredibly robust and entertatining multiplayer and nothing else. The game could certainly have done with a better, more complete single-player game, and some added audiovisual (mostly audio) polish, but none of these issues bring down the multiplayer experience at all, which is the only reason you should buy this game. If you've been looking for the first definitive use for the wireless multiplayer capabilities of the next-generation handheld systems, Bomberman is it.
80
NintendoWorldReport
I'm going to be frank: Bomberman DS is the best multiplayer Bomberman game ever. With so many different game modes, options, items, and arenas, there's enough variety that the game never gets old. While the DS version falls two short of the ten-player mark that the Sega Saturn version of Bomberman brought to the table, eight players at once is still a big number. If you want this game, it's probably because you have some friends that you'd like to play the game with, in which case, don't hesitate to buy the game A.S.A.P. But hey, the multiplayer can be played without friends too, so even if you don't know too many DS owners, the battle is good enough to hold up as a decent single player experience. Alone or with friends, if you like Bomberman, you will love this game.
80
3DAvenue
If there was a criticism of Bomberman to be made, it's that aside from little tweaks -- a few new powerups here, or a multi-screen layout there -- nothing much has changed in the Bomber world since he made his NES debut many, many years ago. As such, when you're buying Bomberman DS, you're not buying anything that's drastically new. Some gamers would bemoan this as a totally unoriginal title -- and they'd be right. Others would point out that it's as much simple and hectic fun as it's always been -- and they'd be right too. It's not really a game suited to the single player DS owner, although it'd be a great way to meet and engage other DS owners you might come across. If you're in a circle of DS-owning mates, though, this is pretty much the must-have title.
80
G4 TV: X-Play
The score we've awarded Bomberman is based almost solely on the player having multiple DS-owning chums, all of whom will partake in the Bomberman experience. As a multiplayer game, Bomberman is more than worth its price tag. However, as a single-player game, this one comes dangerously close to being a bomb.
80
GamePro (US)
Bomberman's attraction has always been its 2D simplicity, multiplayer party-game reputation, and addictive replay value. From a top-down view, you and several friends compete head-to-head by collecting power-ups, dropping bombs, and trying to blow each other to pieces and be the last Bomberman standing. Albeit the limitations of console multiplayer games have been an impediment in the past (such as needing a multitap, etc.), those obstacles are easily overcome with Bomberman DS and its built-in wireless capabilities. Another benefit of the DS is the two screens that allow up to eight people to play, and only one player needs the actual game for all to join in.
80
GameSpy
Although Bomberman may still never reach the height of popularity of a Sonic or Mario, the little guy still packs more than enough to blow away most of the competition on the DS. For fans of the previous Bomberman games, the DS version is easily one of the best in the franchise. And if you've never played a Bomberman game before, this version is sure to make you wonder how you could have missed out all these years.
78
GameSpot
The single-player probably won't win you over, but if you're on the lookout for a solid multiplayer DS game, Bomberman is exactly that. It has a lot of options, which include letting you play with only one copy of the game, as well as letting you fill in the blanks with computer-controlled players if you're missing a few people. If you're a Bomberman fan, you already know exactly what to expect, but this is also a good game for anyone yet to be acquainted with Hudson's long-running series.
75
Game Revolution
But just as you don't buy a stereo for its widescreen, you don't buy Bomberman DS for its music. You buy it because you want a fun multiplayer game to enjoy with your friends without forcing everyone to get a copy. While its single-player is a little shady, this is certainly an explosion worth investigating.
75
1UP
Still, beyond a few technologically advantageous tweaks, this is still essentially the same Bomberman (minus the dinosaurs) we've been playing for the last decade or so, even more traditional than the last few cel-shaded efforts on varying platforms. So, is it retro or merely rehashed? A more generous perspective would say it's more of the classic Bomberman multiplayer we've all come to know and love. It's the comfort food of videogames, and if that's enough for you, this is more than sufficient as an 8-player hold-me-over. But anyone looking for more adventurous modes of multiplayer gaming (like Zelda: Four Swords or other such like-minded envelope-pushers) would be best advised to keep an eye on Nintendo's own upcoming first-party efforts.
75
IGN
Overall, it's a rather weak and boring single player action game on the DS. Anyone picking up this game expecting a fulfilling solitaire experience will most likely end up disappointed because it lacks any sort of intensity and excitement for an action title.
70
Jeuxvideo.com
Bomberman, ben c'est Bomberman quoi, on peut être certain que lorsqu'on jouera avec des électrodes branchées dans le cerveau on jouera encore à se poser des bombes sur la tête, et dans une version qui n'aura toujours pas vraiment changé. Seulement avec le temps, le vieux hit Bomberman commence tout de même à prendre de sérieux airs de "petit jeu", mais néanmoins assez indispensable pour les amateurs de multijoueur.
67
Worth Playing
On a console as truly different as the DS is from anything before it, a Bomberman game should feel much more new than this one does. We’ve been here, we’ve done that, and once the 8-player luster wears off -- if you can get that many DS systems in one place to begin with -- the empty steps to nowhere taken by Hudson become very, very clear.
65
GameDaily
Great multiplayer, boring single player. Needs wi-fi support to really fulfill its potential.
64
MAN!AC
"Bomberman DS" hat (mal wieder) zwei Seiten: Wer überwiegend alleine zockt, der lernt in der Solo-Kampagne die Schwächen des Konzepts kennen. Die CPU-Monster sind entweder dumm oder nervig, die spärlichen Speicherpunkte sorgen schnell für Ärger, wenn wieder mal dumme Zufälle das letzte Leben rauben. Die Idee mit der Extrahortung hat zwar was für sich, gleicht die Probleme aber nicht aus. Wer dagegen viele Freunde hat, der muss das Modul besitzen: Die Wireless-Duelle haben nichts an Reiz eingebüßt und machen immer noch einen Heidenspaß, zumal dank Doppelbildschirm mehr Teilnehmer Platz finden und nur ein Modul notwendig ist. Die vielen witzigen Spielfeldvarianten liefern reichlich Abwechslung und machen "Bomberman DS" zum Party-Hit.
60
Game Informer Magazine
If you don’t have friends who own their own DSs, ignore this game utterly. The single-player is way too slow to be fun. Being able to store power-ups helps alleviate the frustration of the inevitable cheap deaths, but there just isn’t enough to the gameplay to truly engage your brain. Trying to scroll through the available upgrades on the touch screen frequently spells doom, given the fact that death is nearly always just around the corner. To make matters worse, the touch screen implementation feels tacked on and unnecessary, seeing that there are several unused normal buttons. Wireless multiplayer can be a fun diversion, but it’s hardly good enough to justify this $30 purchase.