What Are Ya Playin? Super Bomberman R

Hello readers! I’ve decided to resurrect a recurring feature from the old site Skatronixxx: What Are Ya Playin’?

So: what game am I currently playing?

Well, with the recent launch of the Nintendo Switch, I’ve decided NOT to play the hugely popular Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Instead, I’ve opted for a completely different console exclusive: Super Bomberman R.

The Bomberman Brothers are ready to fight

If you’re not familiar with the Super Bomberman series, essentially it is a party game in the style of arcade video games. Players travel around a Pac-Man-style board and try to blow each other up by placing bombs. The remaining Bomberman on the board at the end of the match is the winner.

Players navigate a Pac-Man-style board and try to blow each other up.

Super Bomberman R contains a Story Mode alongside the local and online multiplayer Battle Modes. There is also an option to buy more boards, characters, and accessories for your Bombermen using in-game currency in the Shop. Unfortunately, the Story Mode is way too short to justify the game’s hefty £49.99 price tag, containing only fifty stages over six worlds.

Unfortunately, the Story Mode is way too short to justify the game’s hefty £49.99 price tag, containing only fifty stages over six worlds.

The first stage in Super Bomberman R’s Story Mode

Each stage is a mere three to five minutes long, and boss battles are over in seconds. The mech battles are much harder and require greater skill – arguably the best part of the Story Mode experience. Most of my time was spent trying to figure out how to kill each mech, trying to find their individual weaknesses to blow up and destroy.

Super Bomberman R boss Buggler appears to have stolen Optimus Prime’s look

The multiplayer experience of Super Bomberman R is fun. It’s pretty much the only time where blowing people up is both acceptable and without far-reaching consequences. Online multiplayer does have a controller lag issue, but Konami has recently released a patch to resolve the problem. It’s very easy to become addicted to Super Bomberman R’s frantic multiplayer, especially when playing an eight player match.

It’s very easy to become addicted to Super Bomberman R’s frantic multiplayer, especially when playing an eight player match.

Super Bomberman R’s 8 player multiplayer

One of the main criticisms I’ve seen online for the game is the lack of customisation. Whilst this is a very valid criticism, I can’t say it has really affected my enjoyment of the game either way. It’s nice to have an accessory such as a space ship or a top hat on your Bomberman’s head, but they don’t really change anything beyond your Bomberman’s appearance. Adding more customisation options like this wouldn’t have much of an impact on the game.

There is a similar outcry for more characters but the current roster all play the same anyway. What I would really like to see are more Story and Battle Mode stages. The stages in Battle Mode all offer their own unique features – one lets you create holes in the course by placing bombs on the squares, whilst another features a moving platform that takes you to a little island in the middle of the board. More Story Mode stages are simply a necessity to justify the ridiculous price. This game desperately needs six more worlds of fifty stages – preferably not in the form of paid DLC. I’ve paid enough for the game already.

Looking very holey

Super Bomberman R is the kind of game that’s great if you have a lot of family and friends – otherwise, your enjoyment is going to blow up in no time. Maybe I should have opted for that Legend of Zelda game.

The Good
  • Local and online multiplayer is fun
  • Konami have fixed the online controller lag
  • Customisation is nice
  • Good variety in the Battle Mode stages
The Bad
  • Story Mode is too short
  • Boss battles are over in seconds
  • No good if you don't have anyone to play with (luckily, I do)
  • Too expensive
3 Fair

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