If you have ever played any of the Bomberman
games, you know that it's not the graphics that make it shine, but instead the gameplay. And within that gameplay, the series has always been about intense and addictive multi-player gaming. Bomberman Online
is no different. You control your Bomberman
against up to 3 of your friends. The basic goal is to blow each other sky high by placing bombs in strategic locations.
You will soon realize that Bomberman Online's gameplay can get extremely frantic in a hurry. Throughout the boards, you will be able to pick up power-ups that enable you to lay multiple bombs, kick and throw bombs, or obtain speed-ups, just to name a few. But watch out, your buddies (and computer players) have the same opportunity to nab these extras and in no time the level will be a flaming inferno. For the ultimate experience, Bomberman Online also lets you take on players from all across the country via SegaNet. Unfortunately, SegaNet is the ONLY way you'll be able to go online. There's no more using your own ISP, as Sega is trying a new approach to online gaming.
Along with the 4-player option, Bomberman Online also includes a single-player version of the popular game, the Story Mode. Here you will have to battle your way through various levels of mayhem in order to take on the bosses of each type of game. There are five different ways to play in all (this goes for multi-player too). In Survival, you must simply be the last man standing. In Hyper Bomber, you will have to collect 3 'target panels' and make your way to the center to win. Submarine incorporates aquatic bombs. Here the board is divided in half, and you will have to launch your bombs through the water to the other side in order to blow up your opponents. In Panel Paint, your mission is to cover the floor with the most panels of your color when the time runs out. And finally, in Ring Match, your bombs' explosion areas will be highlighted on the floor, and you must be in the clear when they explode. You'll get 2 points for every person you blow up, while you will lose 1 point for every time you die.