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NDS Bomberman

Bomberman was always a basic arcade style game. The DS adds new life into it by allowing a single card to host up to 8 players in multiplaying fun.

First, the single player mode. Think of this as sort of a combination of pac-man and dig-dug. You move through a 2-D world, blowing up blocks, slaying enemies, looking for power-ups and a way out. The map randomly generates each time, so your strategic skills need to be sharp. It's great fun in the classic puzzler sense.

Where the game really shines, though, is in multi-player. Your friends don't have to all go out and buy copies of their own - they can simply play on your one card. There are a variety of fun games to play, and some of them use the microphone. Even if you're killed off early in a game, there are still ways for you to interact until the game is over.

The graphics are on the basic side, but that's fine. This is after all a classic game, and you are paying more attention to the combinations of actions you have to perform than to the stellar depictions of rocks :)

The sounds are pretty basic, but again this is an arcade game. You're not playing it for symphonic stereo glory. The sounds are good enough to keep you involved as you blow up rocks and avoid enemies.

Well recommended for any Bomberman fan, and any fan of puzzles. This isn't a long term epic. It's a short, fun game that is different each time you play it - and is oodles of fun with friends!

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