(Hudson Soft, 1993)

Introduction and Story:

Although my Turbografx-16 system was getting it's butt kicked way back in 1993 by other more popular consoles like the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, one cool edge this machine had over the competeition was it had a few games that support 5 players at once. Yeah, it was a pretty lame way for NEC to milk more money out of kids but once you had all the right equipment there were actually quite a few good party games out there for the Turbo. Easily some of the best ones around were the two Bomberman games because you get to drop dangerous explosives to try and kill your buddies for kicks. I'm taking a look back at one of my favourite party games growing up called Bomberman 93.

In this edition it features a rather generic and maybe even a little offensive story line. The White Bomberman is on a mission to arrest long time rival the Black Bomberman after he robbed a museum and steals some rare treasures but he'll have to travel across the galaxy to find him. OK, why does the bad guy have to be black? Well, I guess it's technically a white dude in a black uniform. What is the deal with these programmers here?

The game play and bottomline:  
Anyway, if you are use to any of the older Bomberman's out there then you know what's going on here. You see enemy, you drop bomb, you get the hell outta there, and there you go! The Normal Mode is your standard single player adventure where you go to different planets, fight weird enemies, and conquer over 40 plus stages. This is improved over the original thanks to more diverse stages and new power ups so it's a good way to eat up some time but the real fun is in the Battle Mode, baby! The excellent multi-player comes here with the ability to customize human or computer controlled characters and you can fight it out in 8 different levels. These wacky stages are filled with everything from traps, wraps, conveyer belts, and much more so the game has a lot to try and play around with.

Sure, the game maybe fun as heck here but sadly the graphics and music are nothing too special. Although they are colourful kind of, the lack of detail makes really looks pretty bad and the overly cheerful music fits the cute feel but it is mostly forgettable. Still Bomberman 93 is a great, addictive party game to have around so you can finally put that old Turbo Tap (or Wii-motes of course) to good use. If you can find it, get it!
Here is my 8 minute video review of Bomberman 93 too!
Warning: there is some swearing in it:
*600 points to download on the Wii Virtual Console
*Save option available

Bomberman 93
overall rating: 92/100
Find Bomberman 93 on eBay here!

For 1 to 5 players
Rated (E) for Everyone

graphics: 4/10
sound: 5/10
gameplay: 9/10
replay: 9/10

(Ryan Genno) 2008

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