Super Bomberman R Review
Super Bomberman R Cover Art
System: Switch
Dev: Konami, HexaDrive
Pub: Konami
Release: March 3, 2017
Players: 1-8 Player
Screen Resolution: 720p-1080p Cartoon Violence

For the most part the visuals are decent and appropriate for the series, with nothing too flashy. The multiplayer arenas are easy to decipher and don’t clutter the screen with bloated details. The Story Mode, despite its odd camera angles, shows off some nice shading effects from an unseen sun, and the enemy animations are simple and consistent. The massive mechanical bosses are imposing, thoughtfully crafted, and beautifully designed. The menu screens are a bit on the paltry side, as are the cartoon cutscenes, but at least they get the job done.

Super Bomberman R Screenshot

The music is a mixed bag, with the criticisms taking up more space than the compliments. Super Bomberman R’s main menu melody harkens back to the 8-bit days, but the excessively high pitch makes me reach for a bottle of Tylenol to soothe the imminent headache. Most of the Story Mode world themes are too short and repetitive, with the soothing New Age-style of the snow world, Planet LaLaLand, being the pleasant exception. The localization efforts, with the regards to the voice acting, is amateur at best, and I still can’t conclude whether the wooden delivery is merely a lack of quality or done by design to supplement the cheesy cutscenes. Battles are rife with the sounds of exploding bombs, but like the musical score, they pull from old-school archives, and in this respect some full-powered explosions coming through the speakers would have been nice.

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If you want Super Bomberman R for the occasional good time blasting your friends and family around the television, then it is worth considering, but only down the road when the price drops significantly. At $50, there is simply too little it offers and too much it does wrong. With the issues presented, it begs speculation as to whether Konami simply cranked this out quickly to capitalize on the hype of the launch of a new system.

By
Sean Engemann
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: 03/08/2017

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
The Story Mode is pleasant, the bosses artistic and imposing, and the multiplayer arenas clean and simple.
2.2
Control
You have loose controls in the campaign, and heavy controls in multiplayer, not to mention a wonky camera in the Story Mode.
2.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music feels retro, but some tracks are irritating and repetitive. The voice acting is remedial, and the sound effects needed a little more “BOOM!”
2.2
Play Value
With a $50 price tag, the value is obscenely lacking. Unless you’re a die-hard Bomberman fan, wait for a bomb-sized price drop before picking this one up.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • The 8 Bomberman Rangers, sworn protectors of the universe, take on the Evil Emperor Buggler and 5 dastardly Bombers. Our heroes will battle their way through 5 different but dangerous worlds, and face 5 villains in epic boss fights as they do.
  • More than 50 levels await you in the Story Mode, playable alone or with a friend.
  • In Battle Mode, nearby or on the other side of the planet, up to 8 people can play together (you can connect up to 4 Nintendo Switch™).

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