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|Release date(s)||PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Bomberman '93 (ボンバーマン'93 Bonbāman Nintī Surī?) is a video game in the Bomberman series. It was released on the PC Engine on December 11, 1992 in Japan, with western TurboGrafx-16 releases following in 1993. The game has been re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console, with full multiplayer capability intact, in North America, Europe and Australia. Bomberman '93 later spawned a sequel titled Bomberman '94.
The Black Bomberman has attacked a city, stealing the seven power circuits that provide it with electricity and scattering them across several planets. The city is completely disabled and is in great fear. It is up to White Bomberman to recover them.
The gameplay consists of the same basic structure as the previous games in the series. The player controls Bomberman by moving him around block filled mazes and laying down bombs. The bombs erupt into a cross-shaped explosion several seconds after being set. The explosion can destroy any blocks or enemies in its path, as well as Bomberman himself. If the explosion touches another bomb, the second bomb will instantly explode as well. This basic formula is used in both the single player and multi-player modes.
The single player game consists of seven themed worlds, each containing eight stages. Each stage consists of a block filled maze, with enemies scattered throughout it. Using bombs, the player must destroy the blocks in their path and defeat the enemies. Once all of the enemies are defeated, the portal to the next stage opens. Powerups are hidden beneath certain blocks, which can give the player increased bombs and firepower, as well as useful abilities like being able to kick bombs. The eighth stage of each world is a boss battle. The game differs from previous games in the series in that the stages are more interactive, with devices such as conveyor belts and teleporters appearing in certain areas. This mode utilizes a password system or there is limited save memory if the player in question wants to save.
The multi-player mode allows up to five players to compete against one another in a timed deathmatch. Each player attempts to collect power-ups in order to destroy the competing players while staying alive.
The last Bomberman alive wins the round. Unlike the single player game, some blocks contain skulls instead of power-ups. These are detrimental if picked up. There are multiple stages to choose from in this mode, with each having its own theme and gimmick.
The Virtual Console version of the game supports only 4 players using Wii Remotes. The 5-player mode can be activated by holding the R button on an attached GameCube controller while starting the game from the Wii menu.
- Bomberman '93 (Virtual Console) review at NintendoLife
- "Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide". 1994.