• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Sep 12, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. It isn't the uber killer-app the PSP still so desperately needs to showcase what it is truly capable of as the powerhouse portable gaming device it is supposed to be, but regardless of that fact, there can be no denying that Bomberman is among the platform's most entertaining, long-lasting and downright addictive titles yet.
  2. This isn't a game trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather one that's just trying to roll along. And if that's what you're looking for, it's a blast.
  3. The wealth of content available here, regardless of whether you're playing Single Mode or Battle Mode, makes it essential old-school playing for those who can appreciate it.
  4. Bomberman is a great rendition of the classic franchise. It’s a rare, truly portable game on the PSP. It’s fun in short bursts, but thanks to the 150 stages, you’ll be playing for hours.
  5. With all the good going for Bomberman for PSP, it's tough to not recommend it to everyone, but that $40 price tag seems a tad excessive. After all, you've basically got what could be a $10 download game on the Web combined with an emulated version of a 10+ year old arcade title with a little WiFi (local play only, no Internet) on top.
  6. As a bonus for true Bomber-fans, by playing through the new version, you'll unlock the original version of the game. So it's two cool games for the price of one.
  7. This game brings Bomberman to the PSP with plenty of enjoyable, challenging single-player levels, as well as the fun and frantic multiplayer battles the series is known for.
  8. While the great multiplayer battles falls a bit flat thanks to a poor framerate, the single-player mode will have you deeply engrossed in its more than 100 addictive levels.
  9. With over 150 levels and boss stages, there's enough variety to keep things interesting, and old-school players will feel right at home with the familiar and mostly untouched format of the past.
  10. 70
    Shows a certain amount of promise with the new stockpile system and the game sharing feature for multiplayer. Unfortunately, it is hampered somewhat by the ease of gameplay, the overwhelming number of items that simplifies the title, and a mysterious amount of lag and load times during multiplayer play.
  11. It's just as much fun now as it was ten or twenty years ago, and that's enough for us to crown it one of the most worthwhile multiplayer PSP games around. If you have friends, and at least some of them have PSPs, you need this game. It's that simple.
  12. 80
    A nice bounce-back for the brand and a return to simpler, more fun times. It's a great game with multiplayer, and the single player mode can be entertaining if you don't mind the lack of true competition.
  13. 75
    It's quick to pick up and easy to put down which is everything a portable game should be.
  14. Online play would have made this the perfect multiplayer offering but the developers have got to leave something to add in a future release.
  15. Arguably indispensable for those wanting and able to play with others, but despite some interesting touches the new single-player mode fizzles more than it explodes.
  16. It remains a simple, addictive and hugely enjoyable game concept, and that alone makes Bomberman PSP into what you might call a "fairly good game" - nothing remarkable, but a nicely presented repackaging of a much-loved original.
  17. A return to the bombs away puzzling of old rather than the recent diversions into platform and karting games - and it's all the better for it. [Christmas 2006, p.85]
  18. 83
    Bomberman fits nicely in your palm and is an easy recommendation for anyone with friends. [Issue #150, p.90]
  19. There is not anything new in the latest incarnation of Bomberman, but it does not really matter much. The multiplayer mode has plenty of variety, and we do need the grandfather also on PSP to entertain us and to keep our reflexes sharp. [Mar 2007]
  20. About as close to handheld perfection as the series can get. [Oct 2006, p.81]
  21. Already one of the best games on Sony's handheld. [Sept 2006, p.85]
  22. While this version doesn’t take on drastic changes, the item stock is sufficient enough for players that want to buy a portable Bomberman that sticks to its roots and adds explosive wireless battles.
  23. 71
    Bomberman is made for multiplayer, but with everyone and their brother getting rid of the PSP platform I just can’t bring myself to recommending this to anyone save people with three other buds with PSPs of their own.
  24. It is still a little too expensive for my tastes though, as Bomberman still doesn’t have that wide appeal that’s going to make it a good buy for everyone.
  25. A charming return to the series’ roots and a pretty great handheld experience, but anyone other than the diehard Bomberman fan can safely wait for a preowned copy or a price drop.
  26. Sure, it's fun, but it's hard to plop down your dough considering last year's "Bomberman DS" allowed eight-man fragfests. [Sept. 2006, p.108]
  27. Despite a few random pluses, such as the ability to Game Share with up to three other players on a single UMD, Hudson's over-enthusiasm (and near pathological obsession) with messing with the gameplay, creates a rather dull and watered-down 'campaign'.
  28. If you don't have a DS and you have at least two friends with a PSP, get this game when the price inevitably drops like a stone, as Bomberman titles are prone to do. Otherwise, wait for the DS sequel, complete with online support, and leave this one for your friends looking to justify their PSP purchases.
  29. 70
    The game is probably the most faithful interpretation of the series for current consoles. And while the lack of online play is glaring in its absence, the addition of game sharing should help ease the fans' pain.
  30. Multiplayer is pretty solid, though the controls are a little slower than in the single-player mode. Still the multiplayer mode is a nice addition to the solid single-player game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 27, 2014
    No online but the game does have upgraded graphics, a classic mode, and a new mode to play. These upgrades make it a remake, not a port of theNo online but the game does have upgraded graphics, a classic mode, and a new mode to play. These upgrades make it a remake, not a port of the classic loved game Bomberman Nes. Full Review »
  2. Jan 8, 2012
    i do like the bomberman game like old one,and the UMD Sharing game looks good,but it just like this game need more content like story,onlinei do like the bomberman game like old one,and the UMD Sharing game looks good,but it just like this game need more content like story,online thingy and some new characters like old one....There`s nothing wrong about this game. Full Review »