Bomberman has had a bit of a tumultuous history – but putting aside the ill-advised “gritty” reboot, the formula has not changed itself up all that much. The white bomber has enjoyed sporadic forays into the action adventure genre too. But Super Bomberman R feels like a return to the basics. A return to what made Bomberman so popular in the first place. It’s reasonably successful if not slightly undercooked in some places, But is Super Bomberman R worth your time and money on the Switch?
The first Bomberman game in seven years, Super Bomberman R is an action game that takes a level-based approach. It eschews the action-adventure, platforming filled designs of games like Bomberman 64 and instead returns to the arena battles that classic Bomberman is all about. There is a light story here that pushes you through “planets”, but it’s clearly designed for younger gamers and not aimed at someone like myself. The voice work is corny, the cut scenes are melodramatic (yet oddly charming) and presentation is vibrant.