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Sun 19/03/17 at 23:13
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There are some mysteries that remain yet unsolved. Is there a Loch Ness monster? Is the Bermuda Triangle really responsible for ships disappearing? And why has there not been an official Bomberman PC game for over twenty years?

Because, while there are plenty of PC Bomberman knock-offs, Atomic Bomberman was the last proper PC version of Hudsonsoft's popular bomb-em-up. And I have no blooming idea why.

That's not to say Atomic Bomberman is awful. It's actually pretty good, though it eschews the cutesy graphics in favour of voiced 3D rendered characters. It retains the top down view, and focuses entirely on player-vs-player action. In fact, after digging it out, I can say it's stood the test of time.

And it's a damn sight better than Bomberman Act Zero, the abysmal 360 version of Bomberman, which tried to make things all grim and gritty. Atomic Bomberman retains the usual powerups and can support up to eight players on the same PC, leading to some absolute mayhem. Connect your PC to an HDTV, and you've got an evening's entertainment.

Hudsonsoft have, however, steadfastly failed to release a new version of the game. They've not even discussed the prospect. Surely it can't be the lack of players? There's plenty of PC based Bomberman fans, as acknowledged by the popularity of Bomberman knockoffs.

It takes mere minutes to download an emulator and a copy of SNES Bomberman or similar, and the graphics are hardly taxing. I can't think of another game that's been so neglected. The PC platform is getting some decent ports once again, so why no Bomberman?

It's an Atomic Bummer, man.
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Sun 19/03/17 at 23:13
Regular
"Braaains"
Posts: 439
There are some mysteries that remain yet unsolved. Is there a Loch Ness monster? Is the Bermuda Triangle really responsible for ships disappearing? And why has there not been an official Bomberman PC game for over twenty years?

Because, while there are plenty of PC Bomberman knock-offs, Atomic Bomberman was the last proper PC version of Hudsonsoft's popular bomb-em-up. And I have no blooming idea why.

That's not to say Atomic Bomberman is awful. It's actually pretty good, though it eschews the cutesy graphics in favour of voiced 3D rendered characters. It retains the top down view, and focuses entirely on player-vs-player action. In fact, after digging it out, I can say it's stood the test of time.

And it's a damn sight better than Bomberman Act Zero, the abysmal 360 version of Bomberman, which tried to make things all grim and gritty. Atomic Bomberman retains the usual powerups and can support up to eight players on the same PC, leading to some absolute mayhem. Connect your PC to an HDTV, and you've got an evening's entertainment.

Hudsonsoft have, however, steadfastly failed to release a new version of the game. They've not even discussed the prospect. Surely it can't be the lack of players? There's plenty of PC based Bomberman fans, as acknowledged by the popularity of Bomberman knockoffs.

It takes mere minutes to download an emulator and a copy of SNES Bomberman or similar, and the graphics are hardly taxing. I can't think of another game that's been so neglected. The PC platform is getting some decent ports once again, so why no Bomberman?

It's an Atomic Bummer, man.

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