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Bomberman Live - Xbox Live Arcade review

Bomberman finds the perfect home... in which to wander through mazes and throw bombs


  • 8 player online action
  • Classic Bomberman game play
  • Loads of play options


  • Lame single-player game
  • Online lag issues
  • Game options lock in

Old-school gamers have been extolling the virtues of Bomberman for ages. This frenetic multiplayer game saw its popularity peak on systems like the SNES and Saturn and has always maintained a rabid fan following, even through some awful ports and downright bizarre overhauls (the moody, cyper-punky Bomberman: Act Zero for 360 being one of the most heinous examples of this).

Bomberman Live sheds all that for a return to what makes the series so great. Here you’ll face off against up to eight online opponents over a smattering of different levels - all with their own, particular challenges - and try to blow the crap out of each other. Various powerups will help or hinder you along the way. And outside of a handful of extra game modes (none of which are as good as the straightforward, classic style), that’s pretty much it.

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DescriptionA return to what makes the cutesy bombs-in-maze series so great.
Franchise nameBomberman
UK franchise nameBomberman
Platform"Xbox 360"
US censor rating"Everyone"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)