The Bomb-based multiplayer games have been a staple throughout the years, it makes almost too much sense to sit around with your friends and explode them away – automatic funny times. Bomberman has been the king of these streets, but there is room for Bombfest to have a go at taking down the king.
Bombfest is as accessible as a local multiplayer game can get. The menu is easy to navigate around, and setting up a new match could not actually be easier. In the set-up match options, it’s a case of tweaking the number of rounds, setting a timer, and enabling or disabling bots. Outside of that, you can select what stages to play on, and what bomb types are in the game, and rate they’ll drop in the game.
When you first start out, there isn’t much on offer, the reason for this is because you’ll be unlocking new stages and bomb types as you play along. Once they’re unlocked, the options to toggle between them will be made available in the setup menu. The controls are about as easy to grasp as they really can be, the movement is made through the left stick, grabbing and chucking bombs is done with the B button and jumping with the A button.
In regards to the game’s complexity, it’s not very complex. Bombfest is as simple in its concept as it is by its design. The aim of the game is to pick up bombs and throw them at your opposition in the hopes that you’ll blast them clean off the map. Should that happen, you’ll gain a point whilst they wait for the next round to begin. Dead players are infinitely spawned in as a bomb themselves; able to roll around the map and blow up targets.
The map design consists of household surroundings, be it a kitchen sink, a dinner table, a toy room, or anything that could be somewhere in the middle of that. In the maps, there are small interactions, like a train running around, but nothing to really get too excited over. Bombfest does feel like it would have a limited life span, it’s a really good laugh but after a few games, it all gets a bit flat and repetitive, and it is worth saying that there really is no use playing this game in single-player. The bots are competent and serve their purpose nicely, but it just doesn’t seem very exciting playing alone.
At the time of writing, it is quite a buggy game, there is a bug that does tend to cause the game to freeze up and needs a reboot to get past it – it’s not an issue that happens all the time, but it happens too often to not mention it.
The game itself looks good, and there are enough small features to remain interesting for at least a short amount of time before they start to feel stale, and then unfortunately there doesn’t feel like a huge reason to pick the game back up again. AI works well enough but it’s no match for cough co-op.
- Great couch co-op gameplay
- Looks good
- Easy to pick up and play
- Maps get stale quickly
- AI is far too predictable
- Frequent crashes
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