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An improved port of bomberman land for the ps1 and the last 2d bomberman for consoles. The main difference from the ps1 game is that it doesn't force you to go through the story mode to play the main game. Other than that it's a fairly shallow game collection aimed at younger kids.
The bomberman mode starts more like a remake of the original game and then goes into many branching paths doing its own thing, ending with a mini-boss fight. It's okay, but it requires you to play multiple times the same beginner levels to see all the content(similar problem of super bomberman 5), plus bomberman's movement feels a bit off. Also there is a panic bomber mode, is just a single endless game, but its fun enough.
Could have been a okay Crash clone if it had like 2 more months for fixing and polishing stuff. Level design is mostly ok, but the ideas just don't work as intended in most cases to the point I ended up having more fun with the few vehicle stages and the rather simple and easy bosses because they don't demand much from the game's buggy physics.
At least the cutscenes and the music are good, but if you are into emulation and don't have any nostalgia specifically for this game there are thousands of better games to waste your time.
While definitely inferior to its sequel, I believe it is worth playing the campaign at least once before moving on to the second game. The quick start guide in the manual is a super easy and fun way to get into the series and there is certainly some charm in its simplicity and silly sprite art and then seeing how the series has evolved is nice. Plus it still has the extremely addictive gameplay loop the series is know for.
Also this was my game number 666 and I finished it on 1st april. Not sure what to think about that. (also my review number 100 in this site, but that's p much intentional)