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      07.04.2012 01:51
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      A fun game that epitomises the n64 era

      As a child I was an avid user of my brother's Nintendo 64 console. He was much more in favour of 'shooting games' like GoldenEye, whereas I preferred multiplayer games, Bomberman being a personal favourite of mine. In the interest of fairness, my Mum would always ask my brother to allow me to play, and if he wanted to join in (which was rare, as he was a stubborn kid) while I had a turn playing.

      Bomberman 64 is the first 3-D game within the Bomberman series. The amply named Bomberman 64 is a pretty simplistic game, with the idea being to use a bomb to blow up obstacles and blockades in the interest of eliminating enemies on a number of different arenas. If he didn't run away as fast as possible however, he too would go up in smoke. Other than obviously clearing pathways, the advantage of blowing up obstacles is that power up items appear from the wreck area, which are capable of helping or hindering your character.

      Power-ups include:
      - the kick boot (to throw the bomb forward)
      - the glove (to chuck the bombs through the air, further)
      - fire (to expand bombs blast area)
      - extra bombs (obviously always welcome)
      - the skull icon, which grants the formidable Bomberhea (gives a much more disruptive effect with each exposure)

      Bomberman always has the ability to kick, pick up, and throw bombs which is how he attacks enemies and defends their attacks. Hearts act as 'power ups' but are a little different as say for example, your character is on the verge of dying, quickly running through a heart icon could potentially prolong his life, provided you then get away from what is presumably an ongoing attack.

      The multiplayer challenges are lots of fun and always very addictive. Without a doubt, this is my favourite aspect of the game as it is most challenging and you are always persuaded to keep playing, or to come back at a later date. This is basically where you chase about opponents with the intention of blowing them up before a time limit runs out. My description does a poor job of demonstrating why this game would possibly be interesting, especially because the premise i.e. to bomb someone, sounds awful in the modern day, but you must consider that back in the 90s this was cutting edge, as were the graphics and background settings, and so the game was much more enjoyable than it may at first seem - provided you can overlook a lot of issues which are now only obvious because of modern technology acting as a point of comparison. Once you 'die' you are turned into a ghost figure with the ability to hop onto the backs of your opponents, slowing them down in the process.

      Bomberman enters four different worlds (each come with a sub-boss) with a storyline (if you can call it that) that is very easy to follow, and easy to implement the correct actions needed to complete particular 'moves'. At the end of this, he must face a big 'baddie' who is intent on taking over the whole of Planet Bomber. The bosses use the same bomb attacks as Bomberman, so it is much more a case of strategy over ability. They each have individual moves (Artemis shoots fiery feathers, Orion blocks bombs and dizzy Bomberman with a dome shield, Regulus performs a straight gliding dash, Altair is much more complex and is able to transport and fire single projectiles).

      Overall, this is very much a game that seemed much better as a child. That doesn't necessarily mean that it is somehow 'bad' or not worth playing, as it is very much a Nintendo 64 game, checking all of the boxes to make it a n64 classic. It is fun, addictive and fast paced, which as a child kept me entertained for ages. However, the graphics are understandably not as great as what we are used to now, and it can get a little repetitive completing the same moves and actions over and over.

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      21.07.2010 22:58
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      bomb after bomb

      My dad bought me this game up I thought it looked boring at first, cause it had some weird dude on it with his bomb in his hand.
      But when I played it the story of Bomberman was confusing and I saw that some place was taken over by some evil person and Bomberman's home was under attack and I got lost before I even I started the game.

      There are four worlds : green garden, blue water house, red volcano and white glacier and they are in four different stages, stages 1 and three are about finding different pathways, and levels 2 and 4 are fighting some sort of monster. Personally levels 1,2, and 3 are easy, but level four is harder but I thought level 4 in green garden wasn't too bad.

      But on this game you can also play V.S. up to four player (like any nintendo game!) There are four different places garden, pyramid, a maze and grass valley however if you die in the V.S. you can come back as a ghost but you can't carry on playing and you don't win sadly! To win the game you have to survive within one minute and thirty seconds and win three or four stars and your prize is that you have won!
      You also have the choice if your character are envolded in your friends but as computer or they aren't in the game at all! So the game is all up to you!

      This is a game, but there isn't a lot to do, but it is fun blowing up the game with bombs! But I went extreme and my character kept getting killed! But levels of the game where quite tricky so it took a while for you to complete! But it is a good worth playing.

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        11.07.2009 04:31

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        Definitely a good game, invite all your friends over to play!

        Bomberman 64 was one of the first N64 games I ever played and one of the best.
        There are bad reviews and okay reviews, but it is a brilliant game. Having only brushed on the oneplayer mode a few times it's already fun, but what will really entertain your for hours is multiplayer mode. Even if your friends suck at all game platforms and games alltogether, this will be the most addictive part of the game. There are a million different way you can play multiplayer and it never gets boring, not even if you play for hours straight. It may seem childish and colourful, but its good. Very good.
        There are powerups and 'viruses' that make it a little more interesting and it's not bland, you have to think a little if you want to get the most out of it. It's not just about brawn there's brains involves as well, so this is a good option if you want a small distraction from work.

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        17.11.2000 15:10
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        Bomberman is long running franchise that has enjoyed success over the years. That has come to an end, with Bomberman 64 being one of the worst games on the system. Why should you have to associate with such poor software? It's like being Doctor Richard Kimble, being chased in The Fugutive; he didn't do it, he did nothing wrong, yet he has to endure suffering beyond recognition. (See The Fugutive; it's good). Graphics have an outdated look, sound is unattractive, and the gameplay is like an Easter Egg; the outer layer is okay, but the majority of it is an empty experience. The Bomberman franchise is drawing to a close, and software like this will be the fuel to send it to its destination a lot quicker. You have been warned.

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          19.10.2000 02:25
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          The single player provides many challenges and is pretty fun. Its strong point is definetly the multiplay. No one (even the people who don't like this game) will say that the multiplayer is bad. This provides hours of fun if you have friends, especially if you have 3. They even have some secret multiplayer levels which provide extra challenges and laughter. . It has a capture the flag mode and king of the hill mode. Also, for the parents, compared to some games, like Golden Eye, this game has reletively no violence.(no blood, no gore, no flying body parts.)Its very appropriate for kids but still fun for everyone else. I would recommend this game to anyoneand everyone as i liked it that much.

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          27.08.2000 05:01
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          This has been sadly underestimated and thought of as a little bloke wandering around the screen blowing up blocks -well it just got better! On the one player mode you can play Bomberman as he travels to different planets in order to kill the evil bomers. On his way you can pick up items of clothing which can be used later to make up your own bomberman to play with in the multiplayer. Although the one player mode can get boring after a while. After you have completed the one player the game is far from over. Now comes the best part of the whole game - the multiplayer mode! You and your friends get to battle against each other on various platforms to try and win the title of Bomber champ. Even if you don't like Bomberman that much this game is still definatly worth getting just for the multiplayer!

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          24.06.2000 00:25
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          Well, this game, in my oppinion has benn well underrated by all the magasines. The single player drventure with its complex bridges and hidden stuf is of constant intrest. Your little bomber man waddles around picking up groove enhancements for your bombing armoury (like remote bombe and super bombs). Another brilliant thing is that you can do is collect clothing for your little man; different helmets and t-shirts can be found lurking around the levels. And its not just a good single player game! The multi-playr game takes the same classic form as the original game with up to four players trying to explode eachother in a little arena and when you die you get to come back as a ghost and annoy the remaining contenders!

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