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In a desperate measure to combat the overpopulation of Earth, scientists work to create an artificial planet named Altile, named after the scientist who designed it. During the construction of Altile, humanity has become united and peaceful. During this new era of prosperity, Earth decommissions the RoboWarriors, a force of heavily armed half-man half-robot war vehicles. But from another dimension, aliens calling themselves the Xantho Empire and lead by the being Xur invade planet Altile and terraform it for their own uses. The survivors of Altile send out a distress call to Earth. Receiving this message, the people of Earth quickly activate the latest and most powerful of the RoboWarriors, a model known as ZED (Z-Type Earth Defense) and send it at top speed to Altile.

Controlling ZED from an overhead view, the player is able to move in any of 4 directions (up,down,left,right), drop bombs and shoot a projectile weapon. The terrain of Altile is made up of many obstacles and the bombs serve to destroy these and make passage for ZED. Destroying any enemy or obstacle may yield different power-ups which contain any of 10 different effects (including ammunition and energy refills) which may be stocked and used at any time from the menu. Or the power-ups may be instant-use refills for bombs and energy supplies.

Additionally some levels contain keys, which unlock doors and Chalices which prevent the level from running on endlessly. Secret areas such as a Well of Hope and a Room of Idols may also be found. Altogether, there are eight different "worlds" for ZED to conquer, containing numerous stages and guarded by a vicious boss monster.


RoboWarrior NES North American Title Screen
RoboWarrior NES The thrill of explosion
RoboWarrior NES Nothing hurts quite so much as one's own bombs
RoboWarrior NES One of two essential items for most levels: The key to the exit

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Alternate Titles

  • "Bomber King" -- Japanese title
  • "ボンバーキング" -- Japanese spelling

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1UP! NES Dec 14, 2013 93 out of 100 93
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 NES May, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Video Game Den NES May 02, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play NES Mar, 1990 51 out of 100 51
The Games Machine (UK) NES Mar, 1990 47 out of 100 47 NES Mar, 2013 C- 42
VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Video Game Critic NES Jul 18, 2006 D+ 33


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Originally released in Japan as the adventure-oriented Bomberman spin-off Bomber King.
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