Final Thursday, Konami introduced its newest Bomberman title would launch solely on Apple Arcade the next day. The sport, titled Wonderful Bomberman, was proven off with a 30-second trailer that feels and hears like an individual swiping by means of a Dance Dance Revolution music menu on the arcade.
After watching it, I believed, might this really be a weirder, distinct Bomberman recreation? Are getting a rhythm Bomberman? Might this be the brand new recreation that catapults Apple Arcade into the highlight?
No, no, and sure no. However that’s high quality. I’m nonetheless having enjoyable with it.
Bombing to a beat
We have been fairly excited when Wonderful Bomberman was introduced. It is a charming recreation that takes the basic Bomberman sequence gameplay and updates it with a mix of lo-fi and music recreation aesthetics. Konami took the unique formulation of Bomberman, added on-line play for four-player matches, and tacked on a killer soundtrack to repackage it as an Apple Arcade unique. Whereas it leaves quite a bit to be desired by way of gameplay, it is nonetheless a really pleasurable recreation.
Though Wonderful Bomberman depends closely on music, it’s (sadly) not a rhythm recreation. After the teaser trailer dropped, I imagined Konami made a Bomberman the place you’d get factors and rewards for dropping bombs on the beat, kind of like Crypt of the NecroDancer. I used to be mistaken. As an alternative, music impacts every stage.
The songs include distinctive rulesets and rhythms. Objects and blocks fall from the sky to the music’s beat. The extra upbeat and thrilling a music will get, the extra chaotic a stage feels. The opaque music video backdrop pulses and thematic thrives accent the display screen to match the cadence and flurry of a monitor. It will get laborious to see with all of the chaos in every stage, even regardless of how mellow some songs could be.
Chaotic, bumping, and complicated — however nonetheless enjoyable
Including to the on-screen bursts of coloration and chaos are mildly irritating controls. The touchscreen analog used for motion would not register your finger nicely sufficient if it slides too far-off from its start line. This could trigger gamers to run into partitions and typically even into the bombs you simply set, which, in fact, kills you. When taking part in on-line, you may typically see others stumbling into partitions and circling in place as they attempt to reorient themselves to their positions. However that additionally makes taking part in on-line somewhat goofier than it needs to be. Unfair, certain, however nonetheless a very good time set to some superb music.
Talking of which, each music featured in Wonderful Bomberman is a banger. The sport has eight levels/songs to select from, and the event group managed to seize seven originals for the sport’s launch. This contains the bubbly and bouncy “Bomb, Bom, Blow ‘Em All!” from chiptune trio YMCK, and the EDM, thump-heavy “Wonderful Bomberman” by TESSEI TOJO.
It is simple to excuse considerably lackluster gameplay when Wonderful Bomberman has robust artwork course and aesthetics. This recreation feels closest to Tetris Impact in that means. It is a legacy title that is been revamped for a brand new age, but lacking the center and innovation of older titles. (For the file: Tetric Impact guidelines.)
Its artwork belongings are attractive and nearly remind me of the hanging fan artwork you possibly can typically discover whereas scrolling by means of Tumblr, or dare I say, DeviantArt. The sport makes use of loads of muted colours and funky blues to convey a Very Chill Time, but it is weirdly juxtaposed with chaotic gameplay and loud music.
Simply check out the sport’s title display screen artwork:
The background and loading music sounds very a lot impressed by these 24/7 lo-fi hip-hop beats to review/chill out to radio stations you could find on YouTube. It is a calming presence that is nearly at conflict with its blippy sound design and infrequently booming EDM.
It is a basic blast
Nonetheless, with all of its flaws, I am glad Wonderful Bomberman is on Apple Arcade, and that we’ve such a fundamental model of Bomberman to play on-line. The flashy aesthetics might not be for everybody, however with a pair of headphones and in the suitable setting, it may be a blissful sensory overload.
Subsequent 12 months marks 40 years of the franchise (!!!), and in some methods, this looks like a prequel of issues to return from Konami’s proposed celebration. Hopefully, we’ll see an replace and a few further content material for Wonderful Bomberman that works out a few of its kinks and provides so extra depth to this quick-play title.