Super Bomberman R is the first Bomberman game I've played since Bomberman 64. When I first saw the trailers and screenshots for this game, I got SUPER excited. It looked like the basic gameplay style of the old NES Bomberman but with the more modern art style and 1080p visuals. With a 52 level story mode (including boss fights) and online multiplayer, I was stoked for this game. After that, I was disappointed with this game.
Let's get one thing clear - this is not a bad game. It really isn't. Unfortunately, it's not particularly "good" either. It's just sort of okay. There are five stages in the story mode, and each stage is broken into eight levels plus two boss fights. At the end of the second stage 5 boss fight, you have another two phase boss fight with the final boss. It's the typical mazes, power-ups, and gameplay you probably expect from Bomberman, and the little scenes sprinkled throughout the story mode are cute. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a match online. I don't know if there wasn't anyone playing when I was this morning or if they're doing server maintenance or what, but it couldn't find a game when I selected quick play.
The gameplay itself is actually a good bit of fun, and it would be a fantastic game if it weren't for one big issue - the controls. There's been a patch released to fix some input lag issues, but I didn't start playing until after that update was released. I first started playing with the pro controller, but I soon moved to playing in handheld mode. The controls with the pro controller, using both the left control stick and the D pad, felt extremely slippery and imprecise. Using the separate directional buttons on the left Joycon certainly felt better, but at no point did the controls ever feel truly comfortable.
Honestly, since I wasn't able to try the online play this morning, there isn't a whole lot left to say. The game's okay. It's not great, but it's certainly not bad. If you're a fan of Bomberman or want a good multiplayer game, then I definitely recommend it. If you're just the average Switch owner with no particular affinity towards Bomberman, however, I'd say pick it up if you find it on sale for cheap, but don't go out of your way for it. It's pretty good, but it's not amazing.
My Rating - 3 Neps
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