For Bomberman Land Touch! 2, Hudson didn't try to re-invent the wheel. What they've given us with this new game is pretty much what they gave us with the last one: an awesome collection of multiplayer minigames and an Internet-enabled rendition of the classic bomb-heaving battle mode that fans know and love.
Think of the cartridge as two-games-in-one. The first is a collection of 45 different minigames that exclusively employ the touch screen. If you've ever played Mario Party, you'll feel right at home tapping the screen to shoot at targets and sliding the stylus to kick soccer balls. You've seen minigames before, no doubt, but the ones here are wonderfully inventive. We're talking pulling back on a slingshot to hurl Bomberman into flying balloons and using the stylus like an air hockey mallet to smack him around the inside of a hockey rink. Also, compared to the previous Bomberman Land Touch!, the minigames here benefit from slicker 2D graphics and jazzier animations.
The second game on the cartridge is the classic battle mode that's traditionally associated with the Bomberman franchise. Instead of using the touch screen, you use the old school directional pad and buttons to roam an overhead-perspective arena that spans both screens, leaving time bombs in your wake that will destroy soft bricks and (hopefully) blow up your opponents. Each of the 20 arenas has its own rules and hazards, and you'll love grabbing power-up items that expand your blast zone and give you more bombs to plant. Hudson has made a few minor improvements to the battle mode this time around, mainly putting back the bomb tossing glove item and the multiple-wall-destroying spike bomb upgrade that were left out of the previous game.
You can play the battle mode and the minigames by yourself, if you want. There's even a cute story mode that takes you through a role-playing quest in the Bomberman world, constantly introducing new minigames as you go. But, to truly get the most out of the cartridge, you need to take advantage of its multiplayer aspects.
The battle mode is an addiction that has snared many people over the years and the minigames are downright hilarious when other people are involved. Imagine the fun you and three friends will have steering inner tubes down a river, bumping into each other while madly trying to avoid rocks and floating bombs. The minigames all support four simultaneous players offline using only the one cartridge, while the battle mode gives you the choice of starting an eight person room offline or a four person room online through Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection service.
If you don't own the first Bomberman Land Touch!, then by all means get Bomberman Land Touch! 2. There aren't many multiplayer party collections that offer this much bang for the buck. And, hey, if you do happen to own the previous game, you should at least consider shelling out for the sequel anyway. It may be more of the same, but it's still loads of fun. You'll also find more people playing this one online, owing to the increased popularity of the Nintendo DS and its online service compared to when the first game was released two years ago.
Feb 14, 2008