A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Aside from "good vs. evil" plot, there's actually a strong focus on teamwork in co-op play, competitive battle matches. Players also practice learning different strategies to overcome large obstacles.
Positive Role Models
Player characters (the family of "Bombermen") all have unique personalities, especially in Story mode. At their core, though, they're all strong, positive superheroes, banding together to overcome threat of Buggler, his Five Dastardly Bombers.
Ease of Play
Simple to control, but that doesn't make this an easy game. Even on easier difficulties, AI is surprisingly hard to beat.
Violence & Scariness
While whole object of game is to blow up anything, anyone in your way, over-the-top action is more like a Saturday morning cartoon. Even when an opponent is blown up, they simply go flying offscreen in an explosion.
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Products & Purchases
Bomberman franchise has been around for more than three decades, 30 games. The White Bomberman has become a pseudo mascot, popping up as a cameo in various other games, merchandise. Super Bomberman R is first new Bomberman game to come along in over five years.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Bomberman R is a strategic action-battle game. The gameplay involves players running around a maze-like stage, placing time-delayed bombs near objects. The bombs explode in multiple directions, destroying obstacles and knocking out both enemies and other players, although the game's cartoonish style lacks any sort of graphic violence, with defeated opponents simply flying off the screen. The game has simple and intuitive controls, though the AI-controlled opponents can be tough to beat, even on easier difficulty levels.
Is It Any Good?
This action game maintains the fast-paced explosive action that the franchise is known for, but its lack of depth is more of a dud than a bang. Super Bomberman R stays true to form with the classic, chaotic gameplay that fans have loved for more than 30 years. Gameplay is as straightforward as ever, with players dropping bombs and dodging explosions in last-man-standing matches between mundane minions, epic bosses, and, of course, other players. Despite the simplicity of the gameplay, though, it's still surprisingly hard. While playing against live opponents is always unpredictable, the computer-controlled opponents are never a cakewalk. You can almost hear the AI laughing at you as it skillfully dodges its way through your best-laid traps, even on the easiest difficulty settings. It can get a little frustrating at times, especially when you're fighting through the 50 or so levels of the game's main story. It doesn't help that you have to spend in-game currency to continue, chipping away at your ability to unlock other content.
Speaking of the game's content, Super Bomberman R isn't exactly bursting at the seams with material. On the upside, the game comes in a nice little package, with sharp and colorful visuals coupled with cute and cheerful sounds. On the downside, while there's some variety in the Story mode stages, the Battle mode (where players likely will spend most of their time) feels almost anemic. The multiplayer mode only comes with eight standard maps at the start. Players can unlock 10 "Special" stages with the in-game currency, but most of these are only slight variations of the standard stages. Players can activate some of the options in the Battle mode, such as Revenge or special abilities, but there's not much that genuinely feels like it alters matches in a significant way. That doesn't mean the multiplayer isn't fun, particularly when you have some friends together in Local or Online matches. It just means that, as with much of the rest of Super Bomberman R, it can get fairly repetitive fairly quickly.
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