Bomb, bomb, critter, critter, bomb, bomb
Dr Wallow is a terrible fellow. He’s trying to conquer the galaxy. To do so he is sending his most trusty robot to rid thirty levels set across five picturesque worlds of their critters. Armed with a single bomb and a battery that only lasts five minutes, will he succeed?
Bombing Busters from Sanuk Games is a good old fashioned arena bombing game grabbing much of its inspiration from the likes of Bomberman. You control Dr Wallows’ robot and have five minutes in which to bomb/clear all the critters on a level. The more you bomb the environment the more you open up these maze-like levels, which gives the critters more room to wander around leaving yourself vulnerable to their attacks. Like many old-school games, if a critter comes into contact with you its instadeath, but thankfully your bombing antics leave a plethora of power ups in their wake. These include speed ups, extra bombs, increase blast range and the ability to throw bombs to name just a few. If you manage to make your way through five levels you are confronted by a Boss Battle where you have to bomb the bosses numerous times whilst avoiding their attacks. Bombing Busters also has an online multiplayer battle mode but on the PS Vita version you can only join games that are hosted on the PS4 and at the time of writing I couldn’t find any online games.
Clearly a lot of thought and effort has been put into Bombing Busters. Graphically it looks sharp, the voice acting fits in well, and even the whimsical pro-tips loading screen doesn’t seem out of place. I’d like to mention the soundtrack too. It’s amazing; classical music from the likes of Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Rossini have been wonderfully “butchered” (Sanuk Games’ words not mine) by Samuel Safa.
When it comes to the trophies there are 13 on offer. I can see a few people struggling to get 100% as most of the trophies are obtained by finishing levels with three stars, and this means completing a level in less than two minutes.
Bombing Busters is very much an old-skool bomberman clone. The instant deaths and extreme difficulty will make some gamers give up on this title prematurely, but hardcore enthusiasts will like the challenge. The transition from PS4 to PS Vita is a welcome move. It just seems to fit the PS Vita better even if the multiplayer mode is overly complicated to set up.
NelMaNo Rating – 6/10