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Brawl impressions

Brawl, the apology letter for the abhorrent Basement Crawl, is a decent improvement


A fun Bomberman clone with some worrying framerate issues
Apr 14
// Laura Kate Dale
[Disclosure: Before I talk at all about Brawl, it's time for some fun disclosure stuff. I was flown to Poland to visit the development studio and take a look at this game there. The team paid for my flights, a hotel for one n...
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Bombing Bastards makes me long for Bomberman


I miss him (except for Act Zero)
May 21
// Jordan Devore
A game called Bombing Bastards is slated for release on Wii U "within the next couple of months," with a PlayStation 4 version to eventually follow. Can they -- can they name it that? Not even Stealth Bastard made it to Play...

Review: Basement Crawl

Feb 27 // Chris Carter
Basement Crawl (PS4)Developer: Bloober TeamPublisher: Bloober TeamReleased:  February 25, 2014MSRP: $9.99 Basement Crawl begins with an incredibly intriguing idea that it abandons as soon as you get to the main menu. In the opening narration, a creepy grandmother tries to convince her granddaughter to stay locked up in her room, forgoing visits to the outside world, telling her, "all you need is me, my dear." Then it zooms out to a bunch of disturbing torture rooms while an unsettling tune plays. It was an excellent bait and switch, because all the game ends up delivering is a bad Bomberman clone. The macabre art style is the only thing refreshing about Basement Crawl, because everything else is absolutely bare-bones. As soon as you boot the game up you're greeted with two options -- local play, and online play. That's literally it. There's no single-player component, no story (to build on that awesome intro), no extra modes, not even a tutorial (you get two pages on a help screen) -- just those two gametypes. To add insult to injury, local play doesn't feature any bots whatsoever. So if you want to play offline by yourself -- tough -- you just bought an online-only game. Once you get past that realization, you'll find that there are only two modes to choose from that are ostensibly the same -- deathmatch and team deatmatch. They play the same, they feel the same, and outside of a few different levels, they basically are the same. You also get that same feeling of deja vu when it comes to the cast of characters, and the fact that there are only four of them (a bear, a clown, a crash dummy, and a creepy guy with a mask), but the game supports eight players online. Think about that for a second. I literally joined a match where everyone was the bear, and it was a complete clusterfuck. Why Bloober Team didn't design six characters and limit the amount of players to six is beyond me. They try to make the characters feel different by giving them varying starting stats (more bombs, more speed, and so on), but they all feel more or less the same. That's basically the theme of the gameplay, too. You'll set explosives in lanes just like Bomberman, and hope to catch players in the blast. There are standard upgrades in tow, like better explosions, remote mines, and the like, but the action is just so bland that you won't really care about any of it. Basement Crawl even has Bomberman's standard "kick" move -- there's nothing original here. Online play is also fundamentally broken. I experienced a number of laggy games, which in a Bomberman clone, essentially renders it unplayable. But to make matters even worse, sometimes I would join a game, choose a character, and I wouldn't spawn. I would just sit there in an active game watching what was going on until it was over, at which point I get booted to the main online menu. Terrible. Basement Crawl is not only a broken, unfinished game -- it's also a poor one. It's sad that given the situation with Hudson Soft and Konami, the chances of a PS4 port of a Bomberman game are slim to none. It sounds weird to be asking for yet another Bomberman game in 2014, but given the circumstances, anything would be better than this.
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Keep it under lock and key
Basement Crawl starts off with one of the most interesting premises I've seen in a downloadable game in quite some time. Then it goes completely downhill from there, plummets off a cliff, hits some spiky rocks on the way down, and explodes at the bottom.


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Bomberman

Bombermine is 1000 player Bomberman


The mind reels
Feb 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
Almost a year ago, I wrote about a 100-man version of Bomberman which was, in reality, just a single-player game with 99 CPU opponents. At the time, I lamented that a truly massive multiplayer Bomberman didn't exist...
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One Hundred Person Battle Bomberman is a cruel joke


Mar 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
Konami released today a new game for iOS and Android devices, One Hundred Person Battle Bomberman. That title? You're soaking in it, right? One Hundred Person Battle Bomberman.  Well, put your britches back on. The ...
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What is your perfect multiplayer game?


Mar 09
// Tony Ponce
Some of you may have seen the above image before. Originally posted on Racketboy three years ago, this setup was conceived for playing The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures on the GameCube by circumventing the use of Ga...
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Nintendo DLC: Bomberman Hero and more


Mar 07
// Dale North
Remember Bomberman Hero for the Nintendo 64? No? Screw you then! I love Bomberman, and this was a great game. This was an action game with a stupid story, but it did the trick for me. It can do the trick again now that it's t...
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Bomberman takes casual to the extreme


Feb 24
// Conrad Zimmerman
In this promotional video for Bomberman, we are shown what it's like to share an office space with Bomberman during casual Fridays. Pretty funny stuff. After watching this, I realized that I've never really thought of Bomber...
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Hudson's soul (and property) now belongs to Konami


Jan 20
// Jim Sterling
Hudson Soft is now 100% owned by Konami, it was revealed this morning. The Bomberman publisher is to be fully consumed by the Japanese powerhouse, which already owns a 54% stake in the company.  Hudson shall become a who...
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Bomberman Live Battlefest bombing up with DLC


Dec 27
// Nick Chester
If you thought that Bomberman Live Battlefest! on Xbox Live Arcade wasn't battlefest-y enough, great news: there's a content pack hitting this week. Available on the Xbox Live Marketplace on December 29, the "Bomb Up Pack #1"...
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Bomberman LIVE: Battlefest out on December 8 for XBLA


Nov 30
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Time to blow up your friends all over again as Bomberman LIVE: Battlefest is coming to Xbox Live Arcade on December 8. Expect eight-player online battles, customizing Bomermens and new items too. Four new modes are also inclu...
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E3 10: Zombie mode with Bomberman Live: Battlefest


Jun 17
// Ben Perlee
Destructoid has a good relationship with Hudson. Afterall, Mr. Destructoid himself showed up in Hudson's Bomberman Live, an exclusive experience that makes us all proud. However, Mr. Destructoid or not, Bomberman has proven i...
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Let Bomberman ruin BioShock 2 for you


Feb 03
// Jim Sterling
What has been seen cannot be unseen. I saw this image earlier in the morning, and now I can't look at the regular cover without Bomberman's mawkish face staring out at me. Since nobody at Destructoid likes to suffer alone, we...

Bomberman is blasting off again in Bomberman Battlefest

Nov 06 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Bomberman Live: Battlefest (XBLA)Developer: Hudson SoftPublisher: Hudson SoftTo be released: Early 2010 There are a total of 12 game modes in Battlefest with up to eight player support (four through local play). Eight of the modes are single-player modes and the rest are team based. The team based modes were actually the most requested feature by fans. And on the subject of the modes, a lot of them actually were influenced by first person shooter games. The team looked at FPS games to try and keep the Bomberman franchise fresh. It’s blasphemy to change the mechanics of a Bomberman game (COUGHBOMBERMANACTZEROCOUGH), so they brought in these new modes such as Capture the Flag, Capture the Crown (hold on to the crown the longest), VIP and more.  Other modes will include Zombie and Paint Bomb, both of which have you paint the most tiles in a level with your bombs before time runs out. Another mode, called Bank roll, has you buying power-up items before the start of a the round and you gain money throughout the match. Battlefest will come with 15 new levels. One level is based on Adventure Island, one level looks like an old TV monitor and another level is set on a pirate ship. A new feature in Battlefest is that levels have things going on in the background now, some of which that can effect gameplay. One of the coolest features from a level in my opinion is the Pirate Ship level. The ship is getting rocked by waves and bombs and power-up items will actually move back and forth on the map as this happens. All the costumes from Bomberman Live are included in Battlefest on top of many new ones. Sadly, the DLC costumes from the first game won’t be included so no Mr. Destructoid. If you for some reason don’t like any of the Bomberman outfits, then you can play with your Avatar instead. Yup, you can blow up your friends as your Avatar this time. Whatever you’re wearing, even the Halo helmets, will show up on your Avatar in multiplayer. As for controls, well, it’s Bomberman. You blow up objects, gain power-ups and try to blow up other players. It’s the same game you’ve always known, just with a bunch of new features. There’s going to be three DLC packs coming out after the game is released and each pack will feature two levels, two characters and one Achievement. Little upsetting that the DLC stuff is already done before the game is released, but they're not the type of DLC that you need to own at least.
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It’s not a year in gaming without a new Bomberman game from Hudson! Bomberman Live: Battlefest is the latest in the Bomberman franchise and it's coming to Xbox Live Arcade early next year. Battlefest will be bringing wi...

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Bomberman Live: Blitz screens arrive, now with more bombs


Sep 17
// Jim Sterling
You really can't call yourself a game platform until you've got a Bomberman title, and Hudson is all-too happy to provide Nintendo's DSiWare with the required goods. Bomberman: Blitz will be a bite-sized downloadable version ...
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This winter, Hudson is bringing Bomberman back to Xbox LIVE Arcade with Bomberman Live: Battlefest. The follow up to 2007's Bomberman LIVE, Battlefest adds a slew of new features, including teams, new modes, arenas, power-ups...

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Bomberman exploding onto DSiWare


Sep 14
// Jim Sterling
As if we needed any more proof that Japan's DSiWare selection is a million times better than ours, a quiet announcement has been discovered in Famitsu that reveals a new Bomberman game coming to the downloadable platform ... ...
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Bomberman Live: Battlefest announced for XBLA/PSN/WiiWare


Sep 02
// Jim Sterling
Bomberman Live (that awesome game with Mr. Destructoid in it) is getting a sequel! It's been a few years since the original game first appeared on Xbox Live Arcade, but Hudson has recently announced that Bomberman Live: Battl...
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Bomberman Touch 2: Volcano Party hits iPhones this week


Jun 18
// Colette Bennett
Sure, if you aren't much into using your iPhone for gaming, a quick glance at the App Store may kind of make you feel like its a bunch of shovelware, but invest some time in browsing and you'll find the gems in there. I have ...
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Bomberman Ultra is coming soon to a PlayStation 3 near you


May 28
// Jordan Devore
Bomberman (specifically, Super Bomberman 2) has always been my go-to game for competitive multiplayer gaming with friends. That was until Bomberman LIVE came out, and I could finally be a complete ass to everyone online to th...
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Bomberman used to promote anti-Nazi violence?


May 14
// Jim Sterling
A German ex-politician has been charged with invoking violent acts against fascists after producing an anti-Nazi poster with a picture of Bomberman on it. The poster shows Bomberman holding a bomb disguised as a cake, with th...
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Hudson threatened by wannabe Bomberman


Feb 02
// Jim Sterling
A Japanese man has been arrested for a most ironic crime -- threatening to blow up Bomberman developer Hudson. 29-year-old Takao Ike was apparently so dismayed at the recent quality of Hudson titles, he felt the only way to g...

Preview: Bomberman Ultra

Nov 25 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
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Bomberman holds a special place in the heart of Dtoiders. Not only has the Bomberman franchise always been a fun game to play, but the XBLA, and soon to be PSN version of the game, feature Mr. Destructoid as a playable charac...

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New Bomberman Blast screens feature men bombing things


Sep 16
// Nick Chester
When Bomberman is around, you can bet your sweet ass things are going to get bombed. Such will be the case when Hudson's Bomberman Blast, the upcoming digital download multiplayer blast-a-thon, comes to WiiWare. Eight-player ...
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BOOM!: Hudson announces Bomberman Blast announced for North American WiiWare


Aug 26
// Nick Chester
Hudson Entertainment has announced today that it will be publishing Bomberman Blast, a original Bomberman title being designed exclusively for the WiiWare on the Wii.From what it sounds like, Bomberman Blast delivers more of ...
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GDC 08: Bomberman Live named as best overall arcade game


Feb 22
// Colette Bennett
GDC is great for award shows, and its always killer to see games you loved getting the kind of nods that you feel they deserve. It was much that way with the announcement of Microsoft's Xbox Live awards, in which the best of ...
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Bomberman LIVE tournament headed our way for the new year


Dec 31
// Jim Sterling
In the before time, the long-long ago, there existed an Xbox Live that did not have Halo 3 or Call of Duty 4 on it. Yes, I know I speak heresy but it is true, I remember it! You remember it to, if you cast your mind back to l...
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More Bomberman Live DLC announced


Dec 19
// Jordan Devore
Is too much support a bad thing? For Bomberman Live, the answer is no. A third Bomb-Up Pack was announced today and is scheduled for a December 26 release.What will 250 Microsoft Points get you this time? Take a look:• 1...
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Mr. Destructoid makes the cut for new Bomberman user pics


Oct 22
// Colette Bennett
As if I wasn't already having enough fun running around Bomberman Live hurling bombs at my fellow Dtoiders while dressed as our savvy mascot, thanks to Hudson now I can also represent Dtoid all over Live with my own Destructo...
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Destructoid Bomberman costume now available for download


Sep 26
// Dale North
If you've somehow missed the news, you should know that Destructoid has partnered with Hudson to make video gaming magic (well, it's magic to us), and now Mr. Destructoid has become a playable character in Bomberman Live for ...

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