Friday, July 13, 2018

Bombaman


Ever since I first played Erik And The Floaters on my ZX Spectrum, I have enjoyed many Bomberman clones and here is yet another called Bombaman. Developed by Kevin Callahan for the Atari STe, this conversion is multiplayer for two to four people, with support for those enhanced joystick ports lurking on the side of your computer.

Blowing up stuff is superb fun with light and very easy controls. Tons of power-ups are available and contain some favourites, like a molotov cocktail and chucking bombs over the walls. Others can increase the number of bombs we are able to drop - but watch out for chain-reactions during their explosions as they will detonate the others. Roller skates speed up gameplay whilst flap jackets protect us but slower players better watch out for zombies...

The visuals are incredibly colourful but may require sunglasses to protect your eyes from all that glare!! Everything runs smoothly at 50fps thanks to the Blitter and is displayed in overscan too I might add. Chip music plays throughout, which I really enjoyed, but it never overpowers the gorgeous DMA sound effects. Spot-on perfect.

What a brilliant multiplayer and one which lived up to my expectations even though I admit to missing a singleplayer option. We have both thoroughly enjoyed Bombaman and my daughter says it's her favourite version [watch our video recording]. So, if you fancy throwing a few bombs at friends, then I suggest you play this right now!!

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