|Publisher:|| Hudson Soft|
Sinclair Research (Spectrum, UK)
Paraninfo Soft (Spectrum, Spain)
Nintendo (Game Boy Advance)
|Rating(s):|| ESRB: Everyone|
|Platform(s):||Bakudan Otoko MSX, ZX Spectrum, NEC PC-6001, NEC PC-8801, Sharp X1, Sharp MZ-700, FM-7 Bomberman Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom Disk System, Game Boy Advance|
|Mode(s):||Single Player, Multiplayer (PlayStation remake)|
Japan: December 19, 1985
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Bomberman is a maze-based video game developed by Hudson Soft. While there were two preceding games exclusively for home computers, the NES game is widely considered the first true game in the Bomberman series. Its mechanics are still used in the series' games today.
As taken from the English manual:
"Bomberman is a robot engaged in the production of bombs. Like his fellow robots, he had been put to work in an underground compound by evil forces. Bomberman found it to be an unbearably dreary existence. One day, he heard an encouraging rumor. According to the rumor, any robot that could escape the underground compound and make it to the surface could become human. Bomberman leaped at the opportunity, but escape proved to be no small task. Alerted to Bomberman's betrayal, large numbers of the enemy set out in pursuit. Bomberman can rely only on bombs of his own production for his defense. Will he ever make it up to the surface? Once there, will he really become human?"
Note that a storyline did not appear to exist until the NES game, as Bomberman resembled a human in the earlier incarnations. This storyline also attempts to tie the series with another acquired Hudson puzzle property, Lode Runner. Outside of Battle Lode Runner for the PC Engine and Bomberman: Act Zero for the Xbox 360, this storyline is barely referenced in later games. The storyline was removed in Bomberman Party Edition, a multiplayer remake for the Sony PlayStation.
The player must navigate Bomberman through a maze by destroying soft blocks and enemies with his bombs. Hidden in every stage is one item that will either increase his blast radius, speed, or number of bombs he can lay at one time. The player must find the goal that is hidden under one of the soft blocks and defeat all the enemies to open it. If the player's bomb touches the goal after its exposed, it will create more enemies. There are 50 levels in total, and a password system is used to continue the game.
The soundtrack of this game was composed by Jun Chikuma, who created the original Bomberman theme for this game. The stage theme for this game was used in most of the classic Bomberman games (NES, PC Engine, and SNES).
The earliest incarnation of Bomberman (爆弾男 Bakudan Otoko) was released in 1983 for Japanese home computers. It was released in Europe as Eric and the Floaters for the MSX and ZX Spectrum. It received a direct sequel only in Japan known as 3-D Bomberman (三次元ボンバーマン Sanjigen Bomberman) for fewer computers, in which Bomberman navigates the mazes in the first person. The concepts seen in the original game were expanded upon in the 1985 NES game Bomberman (ボンバーマン). It changed Bomberman's design from a humanoid being to a recolor of one of the enemy robots from the NES port of Lode Runner. It also included more of a variety of enemies and power-ups, and the environments feature horizontal scrolling. This version was ported back to the MSX as Bomberman Special (ボンバーマンスペシャル) the following year. The NES game was later re-released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004 as part of the "Classic NES Series." In addition to these versions, a number of other enhanced ports and remakes would turn up - Atomic Punk being one of the first, containing a remake of the NES game as well as a sequel. Bomberman Party Edition is also a remake of the original single-player game, though it contains the series' now-traditional multiplayer (hence its namesake).
|Main||Bomberman • II • TG-16 • Arcade • '93 • Mega/'94 • Super Bomberman (2 • 3 • 4 • 5) • Saturn Bomberman (Fight!!) • Wars • 64 • Hero • 64: The Second Attack • 64 (2001) • World (Arcade) • Party Edition • Atomic • Neo • Generation • Jetters • Act Zero • Live • Blast • Ultra • Live: Battlefest|
|Portables||GB 2 • GB 3 • PSP • Bomberman DS / 2 • Blitz|
|Other||Online||Online (Dreamcast) • Online (PC) • Online Japan|
|RPG||Quest • Tournament • Story DS|
|Max||Max • Max 2|
|Land||Land • Land 2 • Land 3 • Touch! • Touch! 2 • Land (Wii) • Land (PSP)|
|Mobile||Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb • Touch 2: Volcano Party • Dojo|
|Collections||Collection (GB) • Collection (PC) • Collection Vol. 2 • Hudson Best Vol. 1|
|Spin-Offs||Pocket • Robo Warrior • Blaster Master Boy • Wario Blast • Panic Bomber • Hardball • Fantasy Race • Kart • Kart DX • Atomic Punk • B-Daman • DreamMix TV World Fighters|
|Cancelled||Virtual Bomberman • 3DS|