• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. 90
    The new additions on the DS blend in seamlessly with the original game and the end result is fantastic.
  2. Bomberman at his best. The classic 2D design keeps the game simple and perfectly suited to D-pad controls, and the touch screen allows for quick access to power-up items and lets you navigate the setup menus much more quickly than button presses.
  3. 80
    For fans of the previous Bomberman games, the DS version is easily one of the best in the franchise.
  4. I'm going to be frank: Bomberman DS is the best multiplayer Bomberman game ever. With so many different game modes, options, items, and arenas, there's enough variety that the game never gets old.
  5. Just take it as read that you shouldn't buy this game if you're not going to play it with friends, and assume that the verdict is based on those who will be making their pals go pop on a regular basis.
  6. 80
    Another benefit of the DS is the two screens that allow up to eight people to play, and only one player needs the actual game for all to join in. Multiplayer is where Bomberman has always delivered, and the DS version is probably the most engaging yet.
  7. 80
    All of these components have been combined to produce a game that exudes fun.
  8. Play Magazine
    As a multiplayer game, Bomberman for DS is excellent. [Aug 2005, p.57]
  9. It's exactly what you'd expect but DS makes it classic multiplayer stuff. [GamesMaster]
  10. 80
    As a multiplayer game, Bomberman is more than worth its price tag. However, as a single-player game, this one comes dangerously close to being a bomb.
  11. 80
    The presentation is simple and minimalist, so while it won’t blow you away, it allows you to focus entirely on the intense multiplayer action.
  12. If there was a criticism of Bomberman to be made, it's that aside from little tweaks -- a few new powerups here, or a multi-screen layout there -- nothing much has changed in the Bomber world since he made his NES debut many, many years ago.
  13. There's never a time when you wont want to pick this up and give it a buzz. Genuine good fun.
  14. The formula still works just fine, and with support for eight players using only one copy of the game, this is a fine choice for anyone interested in a strong multiplayer game.
  15. 75
    A more generous perspective would say it's more of the classic Bomberman multiplayer we've all come to know and love. It's the comfort food of videogames, and if that's enough for you, this is more than sufficient as an 8-player hold-me-over.
  16. Aside from the boss battles, not one of those stages offers any kind of depth or variety; 10-year-old Bomberman games were more interesting. Multiplayer, however, delivers.
  17. 75
    The wireless multiplayer does make up for the weak-sauce solitaire option; the fantastic bomb-battle gameplay is completely retained in this design, only requiring a single cartridge for a group of eight local systems. Tons of options, settings, and arenas are available for the multiplayer fanatic.
  18. While its single-player is a little shady, this is certainly an explosion worth investigating.
  19. This game doesn't really take advantage of the DS's cool touch-screen technology... Still, Bomberman is a blast.
  20. Bomberman may be more of the same, but when it has always been fun this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  21. But the fantastic presentation of the multiplayer concept, aided by the single cartridge format, is reason enough for purchase. Bombs away!
  22. Although it fails to visually inspire any sense of awe, Hudson’s creation astounds the player by taking Nintendo’s advice and creating something fresh with a formula that’s existed since the eighties. Well done!
  23. Nintendo Power
    The multiplayer mode is the star of the show. [Aug 2005, p.84]
  24. Edge Magazine
    This wasn’t a game created to win any design awards. It was created to give any DS owner the power to turn a roomful of friends into squealing, scheming, cursing, laughing Bombermen, and as such, it’s hard to imagine why anybody would want to be without it. [Aug 2005, p.96]
  25. No long-term thrills unless you have lots of friends with the same consoles.
  26. AceGamez
    It just goes to show that a great party game can indeed survive on multiplayer gameplay alone.
  27. On a console as truly different as the DS is from anything before it, a Bomberman game should feel much more new than this one does. We’ve been here, we’ve done that, and once the 8-player luster wears off -- if you can get that many DS systems in one place to begin with -- the empty steps to nowhere taken by Hudson become very, very clear.
  28. Great multiplayer, boring single player. Needs wi-fi support to really fulfill its potential.
  29. games(TM)
    Bomberman’s raison d’etre, Battle mode, is once again its saving grace. [Aug 2005, p.110]
  30. Game Informer
    Wireless multiplayer can be a fun diversion, but it's hardly good enough to justify this $30 purchase. [Aug 2005, p.107]

Awards & Rankings

#50 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
#36 Most Shared DS Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. [Anonymous]
    Aug 7, 2005
    Good multiplayer.
  2. GaryM.
    Jun 30, 2005
    Excellent game. levels were bright and full of action.