Wednesday 23 March 2022

Bomberman (Nokia N-Gage review)

Developer: Hudson Soft
Publisher: Hudson Soft
Released: 2004

Bomberman is an action game and the only Nokia N-Gage title to be published by Hudson Soft.

+ Bite-sized levels are perfect for handheld play and you can restore your progress at any time.

- Stage layouts change each time you die, so you can't learn from your mistakes by outsmarting enemies.

- The sketchy collision detection and sluggish controls make it frustratingly difficult to evade enemies, resulting in many cheap deaths.

- The animation is also incredibly stiff which doesn't help with bomb accuracy when trying to execute split-second tactics.

- Can't throw or kick bombs after placing them, so much of the gameplay depth from previous entries is lost.

- Takes an age to power back up after losing a life and there's no way to quickly reclaim them as in Neo Bomberman (1997, Neo Geo MVS).

- Design assets are inconsistent, as the opening stage's colourful scenery is then replaced with muted forest pastels that look odd.

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