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Bomberman was a robot in a bomb making factory who longed for his freedom. Rumors circulated that escaping to the surface would allow the robot to become human. Getting out would be the trick. Each room is inhabited by monsters that must be neutralized and the exit itself hidden underneath bricks.

The first of the Bomberman series, Bomberman is a single-player game with a top down view and simplistic controls. In fact, in addition to movement, the player only has a single ability: placing bombs. Each bomb explodes into a cross-shaped blast (four directions) which can destroy either enemies or blocks. Power-ups may be found to increase the size of the blast, place additional bombs, increase the speed of the Bomberman or to walk through walls. The goal on each level is to destroy all enemies and escape through the exit before the time limit is up. Hitting the exit with a bomb blast releases more enemies which must also be destroyed.


Bomberman Game Boy Advance Game starts
Bomberman Game Boy Advance Title Screen
Bomberman Game Boy Advance Bomb trap
Bomberman Game Boy Advance Time end & life lost

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Alternate Titles

  • "炸弹人" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Bomberman Special" -- MSX title
  • "Bomber Man" -- Alternate title
  • "ボンバーマン" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Aug 05, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
Retroage Jan 12, 2008 5.7 out of 10 57
GameSpot Jun 08, 2004 4.9 out of 10 49
64 Power / big.N / N Games Aug, 2004 45 out of 100 45
Cheat Code Central 2004 2 out of 5 40
IGN UK Jun 04, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Thunderbolt Games Jun 21, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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Development history

The NES/Famicom version of the game was programmed entirely by Shinichi Nakamoto in three sleepless days...incredible for a game that ended up selling over a million copies. Apparently Nakamoto had a habit of chewing gum as he programmed, and when he ran out of gum he started chewing on pencils instead without even looking away from the screen.

Ending (Spoiler!)

At the end of the NES version of this game it is revealed that you helped turn Bomberman from a robot into a human being. The human he turns into is none other than the lead character in the NES version of Lode Runner.

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Corn Popper (69382) added Bomberman (Game Boy Advance) on Jun 09, 2004
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