Review by xerc
Reviewed: 08/04/04 | Updated: 08/24/04
Fun for five minutes
I bet youve looked through Gamefaqs numerous times thinking theres just something missing, but you cant quite put your finger on what. Luckily for you, that general wondering is now a thing of the past as I present to you the first review of Atomic Punk. What do you mean Whats the hells Atomic Punk? Well, as if there are any of you unaware of this fantastically famous title, remember that game Atomic Bomberman, from the Bomberman series? Hudson Soft certainly do. With Atomic Punk theyve managed to completely rip it off with everything from the gameplay, down to the power-up symbols and even the name. Well done Hudson. Only problem is, this is a lot worse....
A large part of the ingenuity of Bomberman comes from the pace of the game. You whizz around planting bombs and making split second decisions only to find yourself trapped between your best mates bomb and your own. So its a shame that perhaps because of the limitations of the gameboy, Atomic Punk is actually a really slow game, taking away a lot of the fun. Basic power-ups such as longer range bomb distance and roller-skates have been faithfully copied, but a lot of the more fun and wacky ones are nowhere to be seen. This game only has a maximum of two players too, instead of the crazy four player fun to be had in Bomberman games. I havent had the pleasure of a two player game as I havent found any of the other three people who own a copy, but if the pace is the same as the single player mode, I wont lose too much sleep.
Youd be forgiven for thinking theres a decent single player mode at first glance. It looks sort of like an RPG with lots of worlds to go to and a shop to buy new power-ups with money youve earned. Its a good attempt to add something different, but what it boils down to is a load of rounds in which you have to destroy all the monsters and head to the door. Theyve tried to implement a tactical edge by letting you choose which of your power-ups youll take into battle before each round, but anticipating which ones youll need is impossible since you dont know what youll be up against.
The games technical achievement is poor especially when you consider that its all just a copy of a better game. The graphics are below par with their dull, boring environments and the sound is cute, but nothing special. If you love Bomberman and dont have a version to play on the train, you might get some enjoyment from this game, but if youre after a truly decent portable game which keeps your attention on the screen instead of the strange green mark on your A button, youll be disappointed. Stick with Bomberman, not this punk.
In a nutshell:
Graphics: 4 - Okay except for the boring environments.
Sound: 6 - An overdose of cute tunes which is weird since hes supposed to be a punk.
Gameplay: 4 - All its fun is stolen from Bomberman.
Lifespan: 3 - Its too repetitive and shallow to keep you interested.
Overall: 4/10 - If youre looking for a half decent portable version of Bomberman, get Bomberman. This is just a weak copy.
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