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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (32 votes) 3.4

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.
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.
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.
60 (Mar 08, 2021)
Bomberman is considered a classic for a reason. Its gameplay loop is addicting and fun. But in this case its simplicity does not hold up over fifty levels of repetitive action. Appreciate Bomberman for what it has established but not as a game that you return to over and over again.
Retro Archives (May 04, 2020)
Le Bomberman de 1985 n'est au final qu'une simple évolution du concept imaginé par le premier opus deux ans plus tôt: un labyrinthe, des monstres, des bombes. Si la jouabilité a été intelligemment repensée, avec une maniabilité irréprochable, des bonus qui changent réellement la façon de jouer et des adversaires aux comportements et aux capacités différents, on regrettera que le titre se limite encore une fois à une expérience purement solo dans un seul et même décor répété à l'identique ad nauseam. Les vraies bases de la série sont déjà là, cependant, y compris le héros iconique, mais devant le manque absolu de renouvellement de l'action, on ne consacrera sans doute qu'une dizaine de minutes au maximum à cet épisode.
The Game Hoard (Feb 26, 2021)
Bomberman is a sequence of lightly altered brick mazes that do not really have much to offer. The new enemy types introduced can navigate the maze in different ways and some of your power-ups speed things up and allow for a bit of cleverness with strategies like trap setting, but making progress in a stage is often slow and unexciting because of the bland process of searching for the door. Bonus levels break things up enough that you won’t feel trapped in this barely evolving sequence of stages, but while power ups make you more efficient and help take some of the edge off the experience by making it go by more quickly, Bomberman still struggles to engage with the player due to its odd relationship between the timer, player power, stage layouts, and enemy behaviors.
NES 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.