Howdy peeps and welcome to Day #27 of Month of Nostalgic Video Game Reviews 2! This is a blog series where I review video games from my childhood. Today we’re going back to the Bomberman series with a game that I was really addicted to on my N64; Bomberman Hero!
Bomberman Hero was an action game released in 1998 for the N64 and it is a sequel to the successful game Bomberman 64.
There is a story in this game but it is hardly worth mentioning, so we’re just gonna skip ahead and get into the gameplay. Now Bomberman Hero controls very differently from Bomberman 64. In this game Bomberman has the ability to jump, has a life meter and has the ability to throw bombs farther and overall because of these new abilities the game becomes more of a platform-oriented experience. In this game you travel from planet to planet through five different stages with an eventual boss encounter, and as you advance the stages and bosses naturally get harder. A unique feature is that is that you’re not just limited to using your feet to get around as you can travel via jet pack, helicopter, snowboard or submarine. You can also ride this green rabbit thing through some levels which provides interesting ways to advance through levels.
There are also several different types of bombs in addition to the regular ones. Ice bombs turn enemies into ice blocks which can be moved around and used to jump on to get to higher places. Salt bombs only harm slugs which cannot be harmed by any other means. Control bombs explode when remotely detonated; a useful ability against certain bosses.
Much of the game’s replay value is in the sub-mission of scoring the amount of target points per stage, which awards Bomberman a certain amount of stage points (1 through 5) at the end of each level. You can re-enter the stages as often as you like, in order to secure the highest possible score within the stage. Medals are awarded on a per-planet basis, awarded based on the total number of stage points at the planet’s completion (red, blue, bronze, silver, and gold). Getting a perfect score on every planet (or rather, a gold medal on each one) will award mini games to be accessed on the options screen. The games include:
- Slide Racer: Play through the Crystal Hole level on the Bomber Slider, racing against a snowman. Beat him and get the record time to win.
- Golden Bomber: Bomberman gets the Golden Chip, which allows him to travel underwater with ease. Traverse through three stages to beat the Boss of the Woods.
- Treasure Hunt: Princess Millian’s ship, which was full of treasure taken from Bagular’s base, was shot down at the treasures were scattered all over the six planets. Find them all.
Bomberman Hero is another one of my favourite N64 games and even though I LOVE the multiplayer component in Bomberman 64, this game a surprisingly deep single player mode that made me forget all about the previous game. I think I really liked the game because of its platforming elements as it is a genre that I like a lot. But outside of that the game’s just a lot of fun, you run around and blow up enemies, climb up or descend through stages that were either straightforward and narrow or a little more spacious and tricky. There was a good deal of stuff to do and most of the levels I replayed most of the time to get the high score or to mess around on the jetpack or snowboard. This game was graphically pretty good, there was a nice sense of variety in the stages and none of them looked too similar, also the soundtrack is brilliant, it was so good and it had a great video game sound while also having a bit of drum and bass in there too which was so badass. It’s still one of my favourite soundtracks in any video game ever.
So in conclusion Bomberman Hero was a unique game in the series that added a lot of new elements and game mechanics but still manages to be a kick ass experience with awesome style, presentation and gameplay. Some may dismiss this game purely based on the fact that there’s no multiplayer and while that is a darn shame this is a game in the Bomberman series that deserves your attention. I highly recommend it.
Well there’s another game review done only 3 more to go! If you have experiences with this game or any of the following ones do comment below! I’ll see ya tomorrow with another nostalgic video game review yo! 😀