Top 100 SNES Review: #54 – Super Bomberman 2 (1994)

A Story Mode With Almost No Story.

No reasons are required when blowing up things on perfect grids.

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I”m not sure what to think of Bomberman as a person or symbol. Is he an underemployed fireworks pyrotechnic? A dissatisfied demolitioner? Why does everything look like Hello Kitty? Not to mention his environment: a perfect grid system that would put any major city to shame. Trying to tease out any more details would be an act of futility as the story proffers no more than a constant theme of destruction.

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A Red Dwarf explosion.

[STORY]

Five cybrogs looking for world domination come to Earth and capture the only person who can stop them: Bomberman. In a poorly calculated maneuver, they decide to imprison him on site of their only mode of transportation and main base. Bomberman escapes and fights his way through five sectors of battle stations, leading to the final show down with Plasma.

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This level sucks. 

[ANALYSIS]

First, I’m concerned about a reality where Bomberman is humanity’s only hope.

Second, this game is actually more fun in your defeats than your successes. The best moments are when you over-zealously lay an array of bombs with long arching reach to only notice too late that you have not only ensnared the enemies but yourself. With the delay before detonation, you get to wallow in your mistakes before failure.

Everyone enjoyed the two-player (or if you purchase a fancy connector device, FOUR!) more than the story mode. I might be the only person on Earth that disagrees. A friend and I went head-to-head along with two computers and it didn’t take long for us to get bored — at least the single-person mode had puzzles and bosses.

The most important question: who is Big Mama in the credits?

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[CONCLUSION]

I try pretty hard to come up with a unique, inside angle when writing about a game — this is my time to walk that line between cerebral and rididdddculousness. I sat on this Bomberman post for weeks waiting for inspiration. Nothing came.

I normally have an “Other People’s Takes” section where I take snippets from other blogs and link back to them. It’s usually a cool way to collaborate and find people of similar interests while getting a few more views for everyone involved.  I searched the entire WordPress platform via their own search engine and Google. Nothing came. 

So this blog has the unique mix of having the least amount of quality and the least amount of chance of being viewed. As I hit publish, I push this little vessel of Super Bomberman 2 into an abyss, maybe one day to be discovered by someone else.

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Author: Casual But Smart

I review the top 100 books, movies, albums, and games of all time.

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