Bomberman Land Review
Wii | PSP
Bomberman Land box art
System: PSP, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Hudson Soft 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Hudson Soft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jan. 29, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 (Wi-Fi) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Sadly, the story is very weak. You'll have to button mash your way through seemingly endless, nonsensical dialogue throughout. Moreover, players will have to go back and forth between the five different zones in order to get Zone Pieces that staff members inexplicably wouldn't give you the first time around. This becomes very annoying, very quickly. In fact, knowing when to venture back to the various zones to obtain the missing pieces is the only challenge, and that's not a good thing. Gratefully, the Attractions are decent and definitely the most rewarding aspect of the story mode. However, they are extremely easy. If you do find an Attraction that somehow stumps you, you can simply use an Easy Pass or a Super Pass to lower the difficulty. The story just doesn't offer enough of a challenge, nor is it well enough designed to merit your time. The only thing it has going for it are the mediocre mini-games that may actually sucker you into beating the game. My suggestion would be to get the mini-games from a friend that also owns the title.

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The graphics and sounds are run of the mill at best. The visuals just do not capitalize on the power of the PSP. For a series with such a long history, it's time for the world of Bomberman to start looking a lot more like the Mushroom Kingdom. In other words, there's a lot of detail that could be fleshed out to make for a much more captivating presentation. This is also the case with the music and sound effects. The BGM theme is very repetitive, and the string of beeps that represent character voices grate on you. I expect a lot more from this franchise.

Mercifully, the controls are very simple to use. The mini-games, battles, and menus are all negotiated with ease. However, I'm sure this game will be far superior on the Wii and especially on the DS. Indeed, the PSP controls are so simple that they make the mini-games seem boring. There is, quite frankly, no challenge outside of the classic battles.

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Bomberman Land is pretty much the same game you've played time and again. The Battle Game is rock solid and fully customizable. However, the Story mode really misses the mark. As a result, the title isn't nearly as deep or fulfilling as it could be. The ability to play the game with up to four people with only one UMD is an excellent feature that almost makes up for the fact that there is no online multiplayer component. The graphics and sounds don't take advantage of the PSP's strengths and the controls are so easy to use that the player is never challenged. In conclusion, Bomberman Land is a simple title that won't keep you entertained for very long. If you still need to pick up this game, then I encourage you to do so for the DS; the PSP doesn't seem to be the ideal platform.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Lead Contributor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.6
Graphics
The graphics are passable, but not good enough for a PSP title.
4.2
Control
Whether you're battling it out or working your way through the story, the controls are smooth and concise if not innovative.
2.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sounds and music are annoying and repetitive.
3.8
Play Value
The Battle Game is excellent, but the poorly executed Story mode is a real yawner.
3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • 50 Mini-games - Extreme sports fan? Try your hand at the skateboarding mini-game. Do you love Sci-Fi? Try out the Laser Ball mini-game. With 50 unique, addictive mini-games there's something here for everyone.
  • Character Customization - Customize and create you very own Bomberman character with tons of unlockable items.
  • Fun-filled Adventure - Bomberman Land has broken into pieces; uncover the mysteries and restore Bomberman Land by collecting all the pieces and put Bomberman Land back together again.
  • Multiplayer Action - Go head-to-head and battle up to 4 players in either all 50 mini-games or the original Bomberman Game.
  • Original Bomberman Battle Game Included! - The Original Bomberman Battle game is included with all new maps and power up items. Multiplayer Strategy Action doesnt get better than this!


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