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The black spaceman kidnapped Bomberman's beloved and brought her to his chambers in the castle, far beyond his reach, over the rivers, forest and mountains. Bomberman's job is to save her, battling the sea of the enemies, with only bombs at his disposal.

The range of Bomberman's bomb explosions can be upgraded with time, but if he dies, the range resets back to the minimum range and Bomberman loses his previous skills. Some updates can make Bomberman walk through the walls, increase his speed, and give him some other assets to aid him in his quest to save the woman he loves.

This top-down action-arcade game consists of nine levels per stage, each tougher than the other, and each final one consisting of the boss that will have to be dealt with. Bomberman can move horizontally and vertically and lay down bombs behind him, thus evaporating the enemies, but beware: Bomberman can block himself with his own bomb, and thus become a victim of his own bomb.


Bomberman TurboGrafx-16 The fourth round
Bomberman TurboGrafx-16 The fifth round
Bomberman TurboGrafx-16 The first round
Bomberman TurboGrafx-16 The second round

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Dyna Blaster" -- European title
  • "ボンバーマン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Play Time Nov, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The Video Game Critic Feb 03, 2010 B+ 83
neXGam Nov 12, 2010 8.2 out of 10 82
Power Play Oct, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Video Game Den Aug 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Le Geek Nov, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Mega Fun Sep, 1994 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1990 8.8 out of 12 73
Pixel-Heroes.de Aug, 2006 7 out of 10 70


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Split off the arcade game 3 Terok Nor (32499)
Jul 16, 2014


1001 Video Games

The PC Engine version of Bomberman appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled C64 version

A C64 version was planned, and advertised as if released, but never completed. This version was to only support three players.


The released versions supported five players, a fact memorably illustrated on an episode of the UK TV show Gamesmaster, when the five members of the pop group Take That played it as part of a challenge.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Dexterity Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best Multiplayer Game in 1991

Katakis | カタキス (42880) added Bomberman (TurboGrafx-16) on Jan 25, 2005
Other platforms contributed by EboMike (3156), Martin Smith (79239), Terok Nor (32499) and MAT (233684)
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