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Where're the kangaroos?
on 13 April 2003
When i bought it i was expecting loads of differnet modes of play including the amazing original multiplayer and the mega drive version where you got to ride kangeroos would've been quite nice. But instead we get a 3D world which gets a bit samey after a while. The whole idea of 'Charabombs', little pokemon like things that you collect might keep people entertained if they've just met the minimum age for the game. And the different bomb types such as wind, ice and water enable you to put out fires or freeze rivers to solve puzzles which are on occasions mildly challenging, but on the whole the game feels like it's impossible to lose as you waltz your way past the moronic bad guys who seem to have little AI and just run around in circles or bob up and down. The end of level bosses are slightly more challenging and can sometimes take a couple of attempts to beat.
The multiplayer mode saves this game somewhat. The various multiplayer modes are great fun to play with four mates but if you try playing against the computer you'll either beat them instantly (if they don't kill themselves first) or never be able to beat them, depending on what skill level you put them on. Unfortunately if you're playing against a skilled opponent you'll find that many games end in a draw as the ability to kick and throw bombs can get you out of any situation where you might get trapped. The different battle types make for fun games where you have conveyor belts that carry bombs towards your opponents or holes in the floor you can go down and come up the other side of the battle, however this often creates many draws as your opponent when trapped can usually just go down into the floor and reappear elsewhere. The superblast game type is great fun as you're tooled up to the max right from the start and there are no soft blocks so lasting the full two minutes most of the time doesn't happen and the game rarely ends in a draw. The new items that you can pick up in multiplayer mode can make it even more fast paced and confusing, the remote control bombs are pretty good fun to spread all over the place. A fairly comprehensive options menu allows you to add whatever itmes you want, or turn off the stupid PK Bomber where you take a penalty kick if you win a game and if you score you start the next game with an item. The revenge mode allows the slightly less competent players who die early in a battle the chance to move around the outside shooting bombs at the remaining players or you can give them a decent chance by giving them extra lives with the handicap system. The dodge battle mode is quite good fun if a little short as bombs rain from the sky and you have to kick them away from you. Still would've liked to see some kangaroos hatching out of eggs though
If you're an old bomberman fan probably best if you just dig the Mega Drive or SNES out of the loft, dust it off and play the original and best.