Super Bomberman 2 (1994)
By: Hudson Soft Genre: Maze Players: 1-4 Difficulty: Medium
Featured Version: Nintendo SNES First Day Score: 38,500
Also Available For: Nothing
Super Bomberman for the SNES, so it was a significant surprise when I found out years later that there ended up being four more games in the series! The fourth and fifth games were only released in Japan so I kind of have an excuse there, but the second and third ones? How did I not hear about them? I blame the pesky magazines of the day which must have failed to cover them. Yes, that must be it. Hmm, anyway, this of course means I've never played this particular Bomberman game before, nor any later games in the SNES/SFC series, which makes them among the few games in the traditional style I've not played. Happily, things looked very familiar from the moment I started it. There is of course a silly backstory to facilitate the action, this time involving the 'Five Dastardly Bombers' who apparently want to take over the universe - an ambition that has prompted them to take over five worlds.
Bomberman '94 on the PCE for example), the stages here are not simple, square grids a single screen in size. Well, some stages are one screen but others scroll sideways or up/down as well, and most of these are divided into several sections. The exit to each is always locked to start with and there are two ways to open it - either destroy all the enemies or blast all the 'capsules' which are usually in the furthest reaches of each area. Or of course you could blast the enemies and the capsules if you're a bit OCD-ish as I am (guffaw!). You might run out of time if you oaf around too much but the time limit isn't as strict as with some other BM games. The power-ups are just as plentiful as always though. Assuming my memory banks can be replied upon, there aren't any new ones this time around, but that's fine with me as the most important ones are all here including... remote control! Any but the bomb multiplier and range extender will be lost when you lose a life though.
RKS Score: 8/10
Gameplay Video: here's a video of the whole game being played by one of the talented fellows at World of Longplays (check out their great channel here). Oh, and don't watch if you want to avoid spoilers!