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      24.11.2010 18:14
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      Best bomberman game for years!

      Bomberman Tournament is the first bomberman game to be released for the gameboy advance and has finally returned to its former glory! This game is fun and addictive.

      Bomberman Tournament includes single player and multiplayer modes. There are 8 multiplayer battle arenas to choose from some of them coming with little gimmicks such as the landmine stage which is full of hidden explosives. The game supports multiplayer with both 1 and multiple game paks but loading times are decreased with more than 1 game.

      The main gameplay of bomberman follows the same principles as it has for years. You are stuck in an arena with 3 opponents and you lay time bombs to destory and trap your opponents. The last person standing is the winner. Also adding to the fun of the game are 10 powerup items that are revealed with the explosions of bombs around the field. These powerups range from increase blast radius to reversing the controls. Match configuration is fairly lacking without the inclusion of an option to turn powerups off and fans of the series may find that the lack of a choice of costumes quite annoying. The graphics in this game are pretty nice with great graphics for its time. The graphics are fairly detailed and nice and colourful.

      In single player mode the planet phantarion comes under attack by the evil brain bomber. Bomberman is sent to investigate by doc and max. The story mode contains 8 large cities and 5 dungeons which are filled with puzzles. The quest mode also contains creatures called karabons which many compare to pokemon as npc's will sometimes challenge you to karabon battles throughout the game. There are 25 karabon to collect and the outcome of karabon battles is predetermined on the stats of your karabon.

      The graphics and sound in quest mode are brilliant with a good soundtrack and great sound effects add to make this a solid game. Single-player quest mode can take around 20 hours to finish and the multiplayer mode is a realy blast making this game well worth the money for the amount of replayability.

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      26.04.2009 15:57
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      "Bomberman Tournament" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2001 by Activision. It is based on the long standing "Bomberman" video game series. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      For one of the longest periods in video gaming history, the Bomberman series offers its players the same premise. Trapped within a small grid arena with numerous obstacles, the player must guide Bomberman to drop bombs and demolish areas of play to gain access to his opponents for further elimination. There is a strong element of strategy and timing in this game as the player must catch an opponent off guard in aims of removing him from play by use of a bomb. Tournament offers play for up to four players by use of single or multiple game link cables but also retains its appeal as a single player title. Also included in this game is a roleplaying-like quest mode which sends Bomberman to planet "Phantarion" for investigating a strange invasion of hostile forces. The player will travel through various cities and underground lairs in this region to remove the invading forces by use of his bombs and with help from "karabons"; small animal creatures who offer advice and power-ups to the player during interaction. These creatures can be captured by Bomberman in almost a "Pokemon" style encounter, and from time to time will be required by Bomberman to do battle with a computer opponent in turn based combat.

      The graphics of this title are presented from a two dimensional top down perspective which focuses on a central point as opposed to the player's character. The visuals are very well drawn and retain their characteristic artistic appeal seen in earlier titles. Bomberman is outfitted with his typical white and pink attire and enemies also appear reused from earlier video game titles. I did find the bomb animation to be slightly poor in terms of graphical capability within the console. Each explosion sends large lines of red and yellow without much detailing to otherwise suggest a flame. There is a brief change in shading during the explosion effect but is otherwise lackluster. The audio is also of a good standard though does become highly repetitive in smaller arena combat. Compositions are short and will loop after completion until the player has finished in a certain section.

      Overall, Bomberman Tournament is an excellent title in the Bomberman series of video games and would be worthy of purchase by a prospective buyer. There are a few minor flaws but these are easily overlooked through excellent gameplay and accuracy to titles before it.

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      25.03.2003 08:00
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      I remember when i got Bomber Man for my Snes. I thought it was the best game ever at the time and i had so much fun playing it. I would sit for hours playing it. The idea is if you are playing battle mode, you play against three opponents trying to blow each other up. If you play quest mode you play through rounds blowing the computer up. Here is Bomberman Tournament for the Gameboy Advance which ive been playing. The game is made by Hudson and can be played by up to four players. There is two types of game in this game. The first being the Battle Mode. The idea is to lay bombs and try to blow your enemies up. Theres various arenas to play such as the full powered bomb arena. Most arenas also have conveyer belts and warps. The warp can transfer you to another part of the round and the belt is useful for bombs. There are plenty of pick ups to get including extra bombs, added fire and speed. Also you can pick up a pick up that lets you kcik and throw your bombs. You can play up to three of your mates and the dead bombermen stay in the game. This can be fun if you have been killed and you want revenge!! The second game is the quest mode. Just like battle mode but with a few differences. You go around the towns whilst on your adventure and help variours town people. You will have to speak to townspeople to find out what they need, and find it by bombing through an accompanying area. Also along your journey you will get hurt and will need to get medicine and armour upgrades. Overall a really great game. To be honest i only played this for the battle mode and not for the quest mode. I find playing against the computer and your mates in battle mode much more fun. The graphics in this game arent great but this game isnt really about graphics. As the game tends to work more on its great gameplay and also the challenge of the game. However its very colourful in the game. The sounds are excellent and can be quite catchy. The gameplay is ex
      cellent as you want to keep playing and playing.

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      25.09.2002 04:30
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      Bomberman has been around for ages... It started on the SNES and now there are about a million adaptations on the web, so as a Bomberman fan I brought it. I brought this game in France in the summer and hadn't heard about it the UK, and the guy in the shop said it was a really good game and he recommends it... liar. I first started in the battle bit and enjoyed it, for about 10 minutes. But not giving up I went to the quest and as soon as I got out of my spaceship I thought, POKEMON!!! It is exactly like Pokemon except you collect carbons and to get past things you blow them up instead of getting your Charizard to cut it for you. It sat in its box for about a month until a friend came around who had a GBA and a link lead. So he put in Bomberman and we played battle mode - 2 player, and I have to admit I really enjoyed it! After Mario Kart it's probably the best multiplayer game I have on the old game boy. Anyway I don't recommend buying it unless it's on sale for about £3 and you have a link lead. Thanks for reading.

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        16.02.2002 02:29
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        I've enjoyed bomberman games since I first played one on the SNES and so this game was an obvious choice when I was looking for a new Game Boy Advance game. While most of the fun from previous bomberman games has come from the multiplayer part of the game this version offered what should have been a great singleplayer game to go with it. Because the game has 2 distinct modes of play I'll split the opinion into 2 sections, one for the "Quest" part and one for the "Battle" part. --Quest-- The quest mode of the game is single-player only and should have been one of the best single-player games ever seen in a bomberman game. Unlike most of the previous single-player modes seen in bomberman games which basically consisted of killing all the enemies on a level, going onto the next level and doing the same until the game was finished, this game added elements from various other popular games such as Zelda and Pokemon. With these elements added to what was already a very fun game it should have been great, unfortunately it didn't work as well as it could have. Rather than being a series of stages you progress through the game has a single world which is split into sections, much like any of the older zelda games. The game looks and feels like a zelda game and you could easily be fooled into thinking it was, until you drop your first bomb that is. Just like in a zelda game you have hearts to represent how much life you currently have, this means that unlike in previous bomberman games you can actually survive a bomb blast or walk into an enemy, the number of times you can do this is obviously limited by the number of hearts you currently have. You can gain extra hearts as you continue through the game and can replenish any you have lost from being hit. Also much like a zelda game the world is split into 3 types of area, there are towns in which you can't attack anything and can only talk to the people
        who live there, buy things from the shops and do small quests. There is an overland area which is filled with monsters and blocks which you can blow up with your bombs, do quests, find new items and talk to anyone you find. Finally there are 5 bases, these bases are the same as a dungeon in a zelda game, you need to find the boss and kill it before you can continue any further in the game, in order to do this you need to find a key (in the form of a karabon), a map (in the form of a crystal and a power-up (optional). The pokemon elements are brought into the game by the introduction of creatures known as Karabons. Each Karabon has their own unique power, this power may be something that is necessary to progress in the game (a shield to block arrows, the ability to control the weather or the ability to unlock a door) or it may be something that will give you a new ability (throw bombs, kick bombs) or it may be simply something that will be useful but that you can ignore if you want (extra range for your bombs, ability to dash). You can only have one karabon selected at any time but in some cases their abilities may be available even when not selected. You can also power-up your karabons by collecting attack/defence/special icons which are often revealed when you destroy a block. So everything I've mentioned should make this game great, however in almost every case the elements just aren't used to their full potential and end up being a very mediocre game which can be finished quickly and you'll be glad it's over when it is. The story for example is terrible, you walk from town to town asking everyone if they know where Max is, get into some fights and then eventually find Max and save the world, the few conversations you do have with people during the game don't add anything to the story and there is little point in talking to anyone unless you need to complete a quest to get a new Karabon. The hearts and money are nice ad
        ditions from the zelda games but are fairly pointless, I found myself with plenty of spare money while playing and nothing to spend it on, the hearts simply made the game far too easy and meant that until the final base there was no challenge in the game. The worst addition to the game though is the Karabons, you only have to use them in 1 battle in the entire game (the rest of the battles are completely optional) and so at most you will only need to get 5 of your karabons up to full power, the battles themselves are annoyingly random and no matter what options or strategy you may have it doesn't matter as you will have no idea what you are facing until you actually do. Overall the quest mode of the game should have been great but ended up as a very easy, fairly short game which takes many of the best features from some of the best games ever made and ruins them. It shows more imagination than the normal bomberman single-player game modes but unfortunatly just doesn't work. I'm still hoping that a sequel will be made however as done well the game could easily be great. --Battle-- The battle mode of the game is very similar to what has been seen in most bomberman games in the past with a few limitations. The basic idea is that you play one of four bombermen in an arena, you are seperated from the other 3 bombermen by blocks and other obstacles and to win you have to be the last remaining bomberman. You can gain a number of powerups from destroying blocks, these powerups will vary from increasing the number of blocks you can drop to increasing the range of your bombs blast to letting you kick bombs to some other useful ability. The game is definitely a toned down version of Super Bomberman however, many power-ups are missing (including a few of my favourites), the arenas are much smaller (due to the limited size of the GBA's screen) and the options are very limited. The computer opponents only have 3 difficulty sett
        ings (compared to the 9 or 10) found in Super Bomberman and so even on the most difficult setting make mistakes that can be easy to take advantage of. Despite these limitations however the game is still very fun to play, even in single-player mode. This mode however is definitely more suitable if you play against other human opponents, something I myself haven't had experience with yet (though given how much I played Super Bomberman on the SNES I feel I have a reasonable idea of what it is like). While it is a better game if each player has their own cart the game offers a good multiplayer experience for up to 4 players with just 1 cart, this is due to the fact that the game itself is fairly simple compared to something like Mario Kart and so can sent a much bigger percentage of the game to the other players GBA's. --Graphics-- Graphically the game looks a bit worse than one of the SNES bombermen games. The graphics are bright, colourful and detailed enough to let you see clearly what everything is. Everything looks well designed and I had no complaints about how the game looked. The graphics won't amaze you and definitely don't stretch the GBA's abilities but they are great for this type of game and any improvements made wouldn't improve the gameplay at all. --Sound & Music-- The music gets repetative fairly fast and won't really impress you to start with. There is nothing wrong with it as such, I just preferred playing the game with the music turned off. The sound also won't amaze you but unlike the music it also won't annoy you and has all the relevent (but comical rather than realistic) sounds for everything from dropping a bomb to the bomb blast to picking up an icon to a monsters movement. --Price-- The best price I have seen for this game at the moment is at Electronics Boutique which is selling the game for £17.99, both in their shops and at the website www.eb.uk.com.
        I?d also recommend www.ebay.co.uk, as they often have 2nd hand GBA games for a reasonable price. ---Conclusion--- The battle mode is great but is probably the worst seen in a bomberman game for quite a long time, the fact that it is portable and offers the ability to play multiplayer with just one cart though definitely makes up for this. Sadly the quest mode of the game will only keep your attention for a short amount of time and unless you prefer a game that isn't very challenging or this is your first bomberman game you will finish it very quickly and have little incentive to keep playing. Buy it if you like the idea of a portable bomberman and don't mind a poor single-player mode this is probably the game for you. Just don't expect to get a single-player experience as good as found in something like zelda as you'll almost definitely be disappointed.

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          26.10.2001 01:24
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          Bomberman Tournament Game: Bameberman Max went missing in search of an evil force but he went missing so it’s the job of bemeberman to got and rescue him. But whilst he searches for him some meteors fall down from the sky, Is this related to the disappearance of Bomberman Max…I think so!! This game follows the typical story line of any game…Girl goes missing….Bomberman goes to save to save the day…Bomberman gets the girl…but the only problem with this is the girl is switched with Bomberman Max. This brings the question is Bomberman gay or does he have nothing better to do. Gameplay: The game is played in a top down view which is really cool. You have the number of hearts on one side of the game and the type of bombs and karabons you have out. Karabons are little monsters a bit like pokemon. You can battle them in bouts in a sort of pokemon way. The game is fairly difficult and is very large for a Gameboy advance release, Don’t expect to complete it in a day. Advantages: A huge game to complete is this and its one which I’m sure will take longer than a day or a car journey. The graphics are really sweet and the story is good and has great characters. Disadvantages: The game is a bit of a chore to complete, you will find yourself going back wards and forwards over and over again…but that is the only fault I can find with this game. Conclusion: A great game to get for kids who have liked the Bomberman Series or even an adult who wants a challenge.

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            13.08.2001 04:09
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            {~:INTRO:~} Its been nearly two months since the GBA was released and there has been a library of games let out on the streets. 14 to be accurate. I made sure I got my Gamboy Adavnce on one of the very first days it was out and now I have 5 games for it. The latest game which I added into my collection was a game called Bomberman Tournament. The game itself cost me £35 from HMV and I got it on the 10th August which was its release date. What made me part from my money was that it was said to be The Most Indepth Multi-Player experience yet on the Gameboy Advance. Add to this a Pokemon stlye catching creatures thing. There is also a Quest Mode which is rather tedious but I will go into these later. {~:GAMEPLAY:~} Wow, I bet all of you think that the best thing in life is blowing things up....well your right. The game is based around you blowing things up and collecting anything that gets left behind. Even when you can see an enemy coming round the corner what you do is place a bomb and run. There are even some special bombs for Bomberman to get is hands on. These include Mines and remote controlled bombs. I bet you are thinking that, that could get a bit boring so the nice people at Hudson have added a couple of other little tweaks to the game. Karabons Through the Quest you can train 40 of these little creatures. You start of be rescuing one called Pommy and you train them up by debris left from blowing up rocks or grass. When you blow up a piece of rock or grass most of the times a little symbol gets left behind. These Symbols can be one of the following. Sword = Increases fighting value of you Karabon. Shield = Increases defensive value of your Karabon. Star = Increases special attack value of your Karabon. These Karabons look very could and have nothing in common with pokemon they all look really good and look like there from a cartoon. The Karabon battles are really cool and they have there bouts in
            a boxing ring. You decide on a strategy at the start from 6 set strategy. These strategies are: Punch-Block = Attack, Defend, Special Kwik Punch = Attack, Special, Defend Defence 1st = Defend, Attack, Special Nice End = Defend, Special, Attack Show Time = Special, Attack, Defend Technique = Special. Defend, Attack Multiplayer I have not yet been able to find anyone to play multiplayer with yet as I have only had the game a few days but if it is anything like the battle mode this game will rock. You can link up to four Gameboy Advances togther with just one cartridge of Bomberman Tournament. This means that I could just walk up to any one with a Gameboy Advance and ask them to play. The only down side is that I wish you could battle the Karabons which you have caught. My favourite Karabon is my maxed out P.Sea. {~:STORY:~} I have mixed emotions with this story as it is rathrer long an tedious but its still good as it will keep you coming back for more. All of my other Gameboy Advance games have been easy to complete especially Konami Krazy Racers. This game will be a battle to complete and is well worth the money. In this version of Bomberman, Bomberman has to save is friend Max from the last Bomberman which was only a USA release. Max got lost and captured on a weird planet and Bomberman has been assigned to save him. {~:SOUND:~} Can you all remember the days of Pokemon Red and Blue where a that tune kept on repeating in your head over and over again. And when you went out to go and shop you would end up Humming with it well....Bomberman is no exception. The Music selection ranges from from fast beat songs and slow beat songs. But if the Music is really that bad all you have to do is turn it down and put on your favourite CD...Simple. {~:GRAPHICS:~} Well Bomberman does not really stretch the Gameboy Advance to the limit but the graphics are still cool. The colours
            are bright in the villages but outside in the battle lands there mainly grey, orange and green. The graphics could have been so, so much better but unfortunately they weren’t. But this is just a minor hitch but it does not get in the way of the excellent gameplay. So..... Get this game, The graphics and sound are average but the gameplay is supreme and so is the mulitplayer.

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