Bomberman Max 2: Blue
& Red Advance Screenshots|
| The Final Say!|
Bomberman Max 2: Red & Blue Advance - reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: 10 September 2003
Distributed By: Vivendi Universal
Bomberman fans can rejoice with two new games available for the GameBoy
Advance called "Bomberman Max 2: Blue Advance" and
"Bomberman Max 2: Red Advance" that lets gamers play as either the legendary
hero Bomberman himself or his rival Max. With over 100 levels, five different
areas and a variety of puzzles and challenges, gamers are guaranteed one
The story revolves around Bomberman and Max (Depending on which game you have)
who have been shrunk to the size of an ant by the Hige Hige, a group of
bandits who are controlled by the evil Mujoe. In order for Bomberman and Max
to return to their original sizes, they must traverse their way through a
variety of different and colourful levels, until they finally reach the secret
lab of Dr Ein that contains the hidden mini-mini devices that will resize them
in order for them to save the world again.
The game is extremely similar to previous games of the series where you must
strategically plant bombs in order for you to progress to the next level.
Fortunately for you, whenever a bomb destroys something, there are sometimes
goodies waiting for you such as roller-skates to make you run faster, more
bombs, stars that increase your explosions and a variety of other Bomberman
This may sound easy but unfortunately for Bomberman and Max, there are
monsters, animals and bad guys waiting behind every stone in order for them to
sabotage your levels. The developers have also included a variety of
mini-games to help spruce the gameplay because many of the levels are a little
repetitive. The only downside to the game is that you die automatically if you
are touched by an enemy or if a bomb blows up too close, fortunately the game
automatically saves after each level.
The control system uses the GameBoy's gamepad to control your characters with
the A button to drop your bombs and B to detonate time bombs. The game is
perfectly suited to this hand held console and it linked perfectly between
another GameBoy Advance SP console.
The game also supports a brilliant multiplayer mode that allows you to connect
up to four GameBoy Advances together for some great four player tournament
battles. Another impressive feature is that you can also connect Bomberman Max
2 Red Advance and Blue Advance together for some great two player fun that
allows you to trade or combine your charabooms together that tremendously
increases the playability of the game.
The graphics of Bomberman Max 2: Red Advance and Blue Advance is simply
amazing and looks extremely impressive on the GameBoy Advance SP with colourful
graphics, detailed characters and some great cinematics to help the storyline.
The characters are also well animated and move with that classic 16-bit arcade
style feel to them.
The sound effects of the game have also been professionally done and pays homage
to the Bomberman games of yesterday with all the squeaks, explosions and cutesy
music that has made Bomberman a true gaming legacy.