Bomberman Land Touch! (Nintendo DS) Review

By Adam Riley 08.04.2007 10

Review for Bomberman Land Touch! on Nintendo DS

The Bomberman series has been rather hit and miss over the years as Hudson has attempted various different one-player modes to complement the usual multiplayer fun. Sadly this has meant that the popularity of the series has taken somewhat of a nosedive. However, with the launch of the new DS outing Bomberman Land Touch here in Europe, is it time people started sitting up and taking a bit more notice? Has the team at Hudson hit the nail on the head and delivered the perfect combination of one-player and multi-player crazy shenanigans? Let us find out...

As we join Bomberman and his various different Bomber-friends on a theme park like island filled with numerous mini-games challenges and special items for collection, we see straight away that this is by no means one of the most attractive games on the DS, by any means. But at least it gets the job done, with well-animated characters, bright-and-breezy backdrops and sufficiently creative level design. As for the soundtrack, it is unsurprisingly chirpy, with classic Bomberman themes included for good measure. Presentation-wise it definitely does the trick...

But it is the core gameplay that really shows off what Bomberman Land Touch has to offer. As some of you may be aware, Hudson has been working for a long time with Nintendo on the Mario Party series, which comprises of a plethora of mini-games. Therefore, when you find out the main one-player mode of this game focuses on short, sharp bursts of gaming action, you realise you are in experienced hands. Rather than take the tried, tested and failed route of making the game an action adventure outing, Hudson pits the player against the game's challenge of roaming around the large world, talking to the characters within and competing in the mini-games on offer (all nicely tied in with some sort of 'bomb' theme, as you would expect). And everything is controlled with the touch-screen alone to ensure the greatest of simplicity and accessibility all-round.

Screenshot for Bomberman Land Touch! on Nintendo DS

Once a game is successfully completed, you receive a token and you can only progress to other areas by passing through barriers that require you to have collected a specific number of tokens. This may seem quite restrictive, but as the game is not linear it means you will be able to open a couple of different paths at the same time and play through in your own way for the most part. Examples of mini-games on offer include rolling Bomberman along on top of different sized bombs by rotating the stylus around in the bomb and then stopping before you hit the next bomb in your path, which he subsequently jumps on to. Rinse and repeat until you hit the finish line. Others include drawing a trampoline under Bomberman to direct him upwards, between large bombs to reach the summit, as well as tapping which ever is highlighted on-screen and then blowing into the mic quickly to extinguish it before detonation.

Screenshot for Bomberman Land Touch! on Nintendo DS

It certainly does prove to be a lot of fun, even with the odd mini-game that fails to spark the fire of enjoyment. But what really adds to the game's overall high quality is the two multiplayer options available, the first being the ability to play any of the completed mini-games against up to three other friends with just one game card. The latter is the one where most time will no doubt be spent, because again using just one game card you can access classic Bomberman blasting action (back to the face-button controls for this, thankfully) for up to a total of eight players, with the arenas stretching to both screens. If you do not have enough friends available to fill up the eight places, though, worry not as computer bots can be drafted in at varying levels of difficulty to make up the numbers and increase the hectic fun.

Screenshot for Bomberman Land Touch! on Nintendo DS

Finally, wrapping off what is already a very tasty Bomberman package, Hudson has included Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection capabilities, meaning that up to four people can play against each other anywhere in the world. Sadly there are some lag issues when playing people outside of your continent, but if you hit the connection at the right time of day when the server is not too busy, then you can definitely have a good laugh. Being able to access the multiplayer battles against human opponents basically whenever you feel like it certainly helps to increase the longevity of the game as the mini-games will eventually grow tiresome after continuous play. All you can hope is that the continent-to-continent online lag is sorted for the next edition (which has just been released in Japan).

Screenshot for Bomberman Land Touch! on Nintendo DS

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

This is by far one of the most enjoyable Bomberman games to hit Europe by a long way. Ditching the failed adventure mode and making the focus on short, sharp bursts of mini-game fun, adding a multiplayer angle and even online battling means this becomes a must-have DS game for anyone that enjoys pure mad gaming action!

Developer

Hudson

Publisher

Rising Star

Genre

Action

Players

8

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (2 Votes)

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Comments

Wow, wasn't expecting the score! If I didn't have so much other stuff to play, I'd pick it up.

Neither was I - but after being unable to put it down for so long, especially playing Wi-Fi battles, I was very pleased to find the Bomberman fever I had back in the SNES days had returned :-D

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Online should be brilliant, the only bad point about this game is that the characters all have really weird names :-/

I really can't wait 'till I have the money for this.

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True, they have somewhat cringe-worthy names, but you just have to try and overlook things like that.

This should be quite cheap at most places...it's

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

Raz, mate how can you possibly give a Bomberman game on the DS a 9 when you gave the greatest title ever, RE4 an 8?

Seriously.


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Come on...completely different genres! And hang on, I thought James/Mr.T reviewed RE4 (*my memory fails me*).

This is one of the best DS multiplayer games and by far the most fun Bomberman on a Nintendo platform! :Smilie

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

This looks awesome!! It's online Bomberman. It's portable! What more can you ask for!

I reviewed it and gave it a 10, you reviewed it and gave it an 8 Smilie Still, Bomberman sounds like a tip-top game, I love the franchise so I might pick this one up (esp. at the CD Wow price...Smilie

Trying to think of a witty signature after 'Hacker-gate'...

Wonderful, clears that up then! Smilie

If it wasn't for the online aspect, this would probably have dropped to a 7.5 (probably bumping it to an 8 on our scoring system).

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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