Super Bomberman is the first video game in the Bomberman series released for the Super NES, released in 1993. It is also the first four-player game to be released on the Super NES and the first game in the series to be released in Europe keeping the Bomberman title instead of being called Dynablaster.
Super Bomberman takes place on a single non-scrolling screen. The screen shows the top down view of a grid of 143 (13 x 11) squares. The grid restricts the movement of characters so they can only move horizontally or vertically around the screen. Pressing a button will make Bomberman drop a bomb at his feet. This bomb will pulse for a few seconds (allowing the player time to run away) and then explode, shooting flames horizontally and vertically. The game revolves around the idea of using these bomb blasts to destroy walls and enemies.
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Battle mode :
If a bomb explodes and the flame hits another bomb it will cause this second bomb to detonate early. This can cause large chain reactions.
If the flame from any bomb hits any character it will injure or kill them (unless they are currently invincible).
Most levels start with the grid being partially filled with destructible soft walls. If a bomb blast hits one of these soft walls, then it disintegrates, allowing characters to pass through the now empty space.
Once a bomb is laid, it is usually impossible to walk past until it has detonated. This leads to the tactic of trapping enemies with bombs and forcing them into bomb blasts but can also result in the player's defeat.
Special items can be picked up by walking over icons on the screen. These items are normally revealed when destroying walls or killing enemies. There are many different items which gives the player different abilities; these change a players tactics and the way the game is played.
Normal Game :
Normal Game consists of six themed worlds each with its own set of enemies. Each world has eight stages with the last stage being a boss fight.
The player makes progress through the Super Bomberman game by clearing all the enemies from the stage and then exiting via a door that is hidden under one of the destructible walls.
World 5 differs from the rest in that the player fights robot Bombermen in an arena. The arena has no destructible walls or exit doors. The end of each stage is not defined like the other worlds. Instead, once the arena has been cleared of one set of robot Bombermen, then the next set walk into the arena, thus making this world one continuous battle.
The normal Super Bomberman game can be played by one or two players. In two-player mode the aim is to work cooperatively to defeat the enemies, although it is still possible to blow up one's teammate with one's own bombs.
Super Bomberman utilized a password system to save progress. Each stage provided a four-digit password that would allow the player to return to that stage by entering it on the Options screen.
Battle Mode :
Battle Mode is played by one to four players, either human or computer controlled. Because the standard SNES control deck only has two controller ports, in order to play with more than two human players, a multitap device is required.
The battle takes place on one of twelve themed stages. The aim is to blow up the other players while staying alive. All bomb blasts are instantly fatal in Battle Mode. If one of the players are the last player remaining wins the round and receive a gold trophy. The overall winner is the first person to win a set number of gold trophies (i.e. the first person to win a certain number of rounds). The number of trophies needed is configurable when starting the game and ranges from 1 to 5.
Each round has a time limit of two minutes. If nobody has won after two minutes then the round is declared a draw and no trophies are given. It is also possible for a draw to occur if all remaining players are blown up at the same time.
After a minute and a half the game displays a message to "Hurry Up!" and then starts dropping indestructible walls around the edge of the play field (starting bottom left and travelling clockwise), effectively reducing the area players can move around in. If the player gets hit by falling walls, they'll get killed instantly.
Battle Mode can be extremely fast paced and hectic, reflected in the fast paced music score that accompanies it. The Speed Round, which is Stage 12, is considered to be the most competitive as it requires amount of skill to control the fast-paced players and bomb detonation.
Special items appears during the gameplay for ammo supply as players destroy walls, enemies, or opponent Bombermen. During a Normal Game, the effects of all items except firepower, number of bombs, and speed will be lost when the player loses a life. During a Battle Game, the effects of all the items last for one battle only. Only items such as Ice Cream, Pancakes, Apples (Etc.) Give points and other items such as a clock that adds additional time to the game time.