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Great Hudson Soft classic! NES Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (113)
Good, but it could be better... MSX Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (113)

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NES 29 3.4
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Combined User Score 37 3.3

Critic Reviews

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100 (Mar, 2011)
Bomberman is about as simple as it comes and I’m sure Hudson Soft never knew how beloved it would become (though sadly it’s gone under the radar recently – why no online Bomberman?). While Bomberman is known for its multiplayer, this first game features only a one-player mode, nothing more. Some addicted to multiplayer might scoff, but I personally have never understood all the hate for one-player mode. Sure, it’s fast and/or furious crazy fun when you have four-players trying to blow each other up (or up to ten on the classic Saturn Bomberman). There’s a tranquil addictiveness that sets in, though, as you go through each stage by yourself, blowing up surprisingly spry enemies and collecting power-ups so you can become the biggest pimp of the Bomber world.
NESHonestGamers (Jun 17, 2013)
Bomberman is a classic, and rightly so. While this original incarnation lacks the multiplayer mode for which the series would eventually be known, the standards for future Bomberman single-player adventures are set in this very first outing. Folks looking for a fun single-player Bomberman might still be better served by trying later entries in the series, such as Bomberman '93 and Bomberman '94, but Bomberman for NES was a great game in its day and it's just as good now. Play it and you’ll see quite easily why the series has lasted so long.
NESAll Game Guide (1998)
The first title in the popular series, Bomberman is a simplistic, though enjoyable game in which the title character walks around a playfield, bombing enemies while trying to find the exit for the level. Each exit is hidden under one of forty blocks. Enemies get harder to thwart as the game wears on, but bombs are unlimited, and power-ups, such as timed bombs, a fireproof vest and the ability to walk through blocks, begin appearing under certain blocks. There's no two-player simultaneous mode, the action is a bit repetitive since each of the 50 levels look (and sound) the same, but the game's basic, highly influential gameplay elements remain a pleasure.
80 (Oct, 2003)
Bomberman is a solid title for the NES. Although it doesn't have the multiplayer mode like its later incarnations, it still offers a good time for anyone looking for some one-player action. Now go out and blow up some shit! (in the game I mean).
The game could have benefited from a two-player mode, as the design is perfect for it, but single-player mode holds up just fine and perfectly introduces players to the Bomberman universe with good, simple fun.
Game Boy AdvanceGamePro (US) (Aug 05, 2004)
Bomberman has a peculiar effect on players it's a game that trains you. As you're drawn into its simple and diverse gameplay, you'll find yourself gleefully blasting away, setting traps, and setting delayed multiple-row bomb blasts with the skills of a calculating superhuman mad genius. While not as advanced or socially oriented as the recent Bomberman releases, players will find the original Bomberman pleasantly and subversively enjoyable
Game Boy AdvanceRetroage (Jan 12, 2008)
Tak w skrócie wygląda historia jednej z kultowych gier na NES'a. Własnie dzięki temu kartridżowi możemy pograć w oryginalną wersje na Game Boy Advance. Nasz bohater nie ma dużej ilości broni do wyboru, w zasadzie ma tylko jedną - bomby! Grę zaczynamy z 1 bombą o małej sile ognia, lecz już na 1 planszy zdobywamy pierwszy upgrade (zwiększenie pola rażenia). Nie możemy dać się dotknąć przez wrogów, gdyż wtedy tracimy życie. Nie możemy także być blisko podczas wybuchu naszej bomby, bo także zginiemy. W miarę gry zdobywamy kolejne upgrady: większą siłe rażenia, więcej bomb, detonator do bomb, a także szybsze chodzenie. Po przejściu 5 plansz dostajemy możliwość zagrania w BONUS LEVEL (dodatkową planszę). Naszym zadaniem jest zabicie jak największej ilości wrogów, do momentu aż skończy nam się czas.
Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot (Jun 08, 2004)
If there were a classic TurboGrafx-16 series, Bomberman would be at the top of the list. But it's an odd choice for a collection of classic NES games. The Bomberman series didn't come into its own until it added its addictive multiplayer mode. So this single-player edition really falls flat today. The fact that you can get a few other Bomberman games for the Game Boy Advance that do contain multiplayer certainly doesn't help matters. Pass on this one unless you're the sort of person that feels the need to collect the entire series of rereleases.
Game Boy Advance64 Power / big.N / N Games (Aug, 2004)
Da das Original keinen Mutiplayer-Modus hat, bleibt der größte Teil des Spielspaßes leider auf der Strecke.
NESNES Archives (Jun 10, 2002)
Just get Bomberman 2. Up to 3 people can play it. Bomberman is kind of cool to have though since it is the first of a long series.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN UK (Jun 04, 2004)
Including Bomberman as a game in the Classic NES game is almost the equivalent of a bait-and-switch. People expect a certain element out of a game that bears the Bomberman game, and I'm sure that many casual gamers who buy it are expecting multiplayer...even though the original game never even offered it. This game just isn't as timeless and classic as the rest of the reissues in the Classic NES Series, and will probably not see nearly as much play as the other titles if you've scored the entire lot.
Game Boy AdvanceCheat Code Central (2004)
My advice is to spend a few extra bucks and get yourself one of the newer versions of Bomberman for the GBA. I know there are those among you that believe that I'm missing the point since this is supposed to be a classic port of the original NES game. Keep in mind that just because it's a classic doesn't mean that it can't suck.
Game Boy AdvanceThunderbolt Games (Jun 21, 2004)
In the end, the original Bomberman just wasn't a very good game back in 1987, and bringing it back unaltered as a “classic” doesn't change that simple fact. There are plenty of fun, multiplayer Bomberman titles available on just about every system currently available, so if you are absolutely dying to blow stuff up with friends, you'd do well to scrounge one of those up instead of slapping down any hard-earned money for this flawed game.