Bomberman (ボンバーマン Bonbāman?) is an arcade-style maze-based video game developed by Hudson Soft. The original home computer game Bomber Man (爆弾男 Bakudan Otoko?) was released in 1983 for the MSX, NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6001, Sharp MZ-700 and FM-7 in Japan, and for the MSX and ZX Spectrum in Europe (in the UK as Eric and the Floaters, and in Spain as Don Pepe Y Los Globos). It had a Japanese sequel known as 3-D Bomberman, in which Bomberman navigates the maze in the first-person. In 1985, Bomberman was released for the Family Computer. It spawned the long-running series with many installments building on its basic gameplay. The earlier game Warp & Warp by Namco is most likely the inspiration for the Bomberman gameplay.
Renamed Bomberland for C64 remake :
Welcome to Bomberland, the land whose residents have a passion for explosive events!
Over 10 years in development, Michal Okowicki’s Bomberland brings classic console style multi-player party-gaming to the Commodore 64 like never seen before. Complimenting epic and customisable 2-5 player death-match tournaments with an incendiary 36-arena single player campaign, no other 8-bit title even comes close to the chaos and boombastic mayhem of this cartridge-exclusive game!
Featuring gorgeous high resolution graphics, challenging boss battles, tons of different enemies, password saves, game-changing power-ups, multiple play modes and an awesome SID soundtrack by Owen “Conrad” Crowley, Bomberland supports both the CGA (Protovision) and HIT (by Excess and Hitmen) four-player adaptors and even includes full keyboard support, so you can play it solo on a stock C64/128 without any peripherals!
The downloadable version of bomberland comes as a cartridge rom image (.CRT) for use via emulation or on real hardware devices such as the Ultimate 1541-II. The download includes a text manual, code sheet and both sides of the double-sided poster in .pdf format (featuring both the poster image and extensive monster info sheet).
Bomberland has been tested on both PAL and NTSC machines, and works on the C64, C128 and C64GS. Although the game runs on NTSC hardware, it does play fractionally faster and will be harder as a direct result of this. As such, Bomberland is labelled as NTSC compatible, but designed for PAL systems.
GS owners are limited to two player mode only due to the lack of a User Port or keyboard. The game also supports the Commodore 128 in 64 mode, using its extended hardware registers for acceleration.
Please note that purchases of both physical versions include this download for free.