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Bomberman Hero (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Taking out the one thing that everybody likes about Bomberman is hard to swallow, as is the ten dollar asking price. There are far better Bomberman games on the Virtual Console, including a few for cheaper. I would skip this misguided platformer entirely ... along with Pac-Man World (just for good measure). Rating: 40%
Bomberman Hero (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Believe it or not, but Bomberman is a lot like Pac-Man. Both characters come from simplistic games that are still wildly fun to play. Be it a maze of dots or blowing our buddies up, these games rock. But that's not the only reason these two characters are the same. Sadly, for whatever reason, both characters decided to become heroic and star in disappointing action/adventure games. We saw it with Pac-Man World, and here it is again with the dreadful Bomberman Hero. Gone are the multiplayer matches and pretty much everything else we love about Bomberman, in its place is platforming puzzles and dangling from ledges. Bomberman Hero might as well be Crash Bandicoot with explosives. That might sound fun on one level, but anybody going in expecting a real Bomberman experience will be sorely disappointed.

Does It Still Hold Up? The game offers a lot of levels, bosses and platforming puzzles to master, but none of it feels like a Bomberman game. If anything, it feels exactly like every other character platformer in the late 1990s. Hudson could have swapped in just about any other character and it would have been exactly the same game. And then there's the complete lack of multiplayer, the mainstay of the Bomberman franchise.

Is It Worth The Money? How do you make a Bomberman game without any multiplayer functionality? That's like making a Madden NFL game without a football. The action elements in Bomberman Hero aren't bad, but they never rise above the generic 1990s mascot game. Taking out the one thing that everybody likes about Bomberman is hard to swallow, as is the ten dollar asking price. There are far better Bomberman games on the Virtual Console, including a few for cheaper. I would skip this misguided platformer entirely ... along with Pac-Man World (just for good measure).
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