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For the 1983 home computer game, see Bomber Man.


  • TurboGrafx-16
  • PC Engine

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System(s): PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16
PC Engine
Hudson Soft
NEC Technologies
Peripherals supported:

COM Cable
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-5
Release Date RRP Code
PC Engine
¥5,3005,300 HC90036
Non-NEC versions
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST
Atari ST
IBM PC compatibles


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Bomberman (ボンバーマン) is a puzzle action game developed by Hudson Soft for the PC Engine and TurboGrafx-16. It is part of the long-running Bomberman series of games.


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Black Bomberman kidnapping Lisa in the opening sequence.

Centuries into the future, famous roboticist Dr. Mitsumori creates Bomberman as his first robot, who is capable of thought and possesses incredible power, but has been programmed "only for the pursuit of goodness and justice". Unfortunately his second robot, Black Bomberman, goes rogue due to a programming error and kidnaps Dr. Mitsumori's only daughter, Lisa, and takes her to the Mechanical Castle as part of his desire to conquer the world. It is now up to Bomberman to infiltrate the Mechanical Castle, rescue Lisa, and defeat Black Bomberman.


Bomberman follows the same gameplay formula as its predecessors in that the goal is to use bombs that explode in a cross pattern to defeat all the enemies and find the exit warp hidden underneath soft blocks within a time limit to clear each stage. Bomberman can move with the D-Pad and place bombs using . He begins a new game with only one bomb and a one-tile blast radius, but one power-up item can be found hidden underneath a soft block in each stage. When all enemies are defeated, the soft block containing the item will flash to reveal its location, but not the one containing the exit.

If the player bombs an item or the exit, 8 enemies will spawn from it (the item will be destroyed, but the exit is indestructible). If the player runs out of time during a stage, all remaining enemies will disappear and 12 Pontans will be spawned. The game has a total of 8 rounds with 8 stages each, for a total of 64 stages. The final stage of each round features a boss battle in which the player must study the boss' attack patterns and use multiple bombs to defeat it. The player has three continues to beat the game, and game progress can be saved via password or directly to the backup memory of a storage peripheral or a CD-ROM² system (up to three save files) after a Game Over.

The game also includes a Battle mode for up to 5 players, and being the first home console Bomberman game to feature a multiplayer mode (the first multiplayer game in the series being Bomber Kid for the Game Boy) it established the mode as a famous staple of the series. The goal is to defeat the other players with bombs (all players start each round with one bomb and a two-tile blast radius) and be the last player standing, winning a set number of victories to win the match. If time runs out, all surviving players are killed and the round is declared a draw. This game has no support for computer-controlled players, but if there are less than 5 players participating, then the stage will also feature enemies. Only Bomb Ups and Fire Ups can be found in soft blocks, though Skulls can also be found if Skull Mode is selected during setup. There is also a dedicated Battle mode for two players using the COM Cable and two PC Engine GT/TurboExpress systems.


All items collected will award 1,000 points. Dying will cause Bomberman to lose all items obtained except for Bomb Ups and Fire Ups.

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Bomb Up
Increases the number of bombs Bomberman can place by one, up to a maximum of 10.
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Fire Up
Increases the blast radius of bombs by one tile, up to a maximum of 15.
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Speed Shoes
Increases Bomberman's walking speed slightly.
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Detonation Switch
Allows Bomberman to manually detonate his bombs using .
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Bomb Pass
Allows Bomberman to walk through bombs.
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Wall Pass
Allows Bomberman to walk through soft blocks.
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Fire Suit
Makes Bomberman invincible to bomb blasts for 60 seconds.
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Awards an extra life.
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Skull Item
Appears only in Battle when playing in Skull Mode. Infects a player with a random ailment, which can be passed on to other players by contact and will wear off after 30 seconds. The possible ailments are:
  • Tripled movement speed.
  • Halved movement speed.
  • Blast radius is reduced to one tile.
  • Bombs cannot be placed.
  • Bombs are uncontrollably placed every step.


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Round 1 - The Wall


Round 2 - Rocky mountains


Round 3 - River


Round 4 - Forest


Round 5 - Rocky Cave


Round 6 - Inside of the Castle, Part I


Round 7 - Inside of the Castle, Part II


Round 8 - Inside of the Castle (Final Stage)


Main article: Bomberman/Passwords.


This installment of Bomberman saw ports to various home computers, with a Sharp X68000 version published in Japanese markets in 1991 by SystemSoft, and Amiga, Atari ST and IBM PC versions published in European markets in 1992 by Ubisoft. European home computer versions were renamed to Dyna Blaster due to European mainstream media associating the original name with terrorist bombings[2].

Additional versions for the Atari Lynx and Commodore 64 were in development, but never released[3][4].

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Bomberman Bomberman
Japanese ボンバーマン Bomberman


Main article: Bomberman/Comparisons.

Production credits

  • Game Designer: Tsukasa Kuwahara
  • Main programmer: Atsuo Nagata
  • Sub Programmer: Wrecker Muroya
  • Graphics Designers: Hideyuki Ogura, Mika Sasaki
  • Music Composer: Atsushi Chikuma
  • Sound Programmer: Keita Hoshi
  • Produced by: Hudson Soft
In-game credits (JP)

Magazine articles

Main article: Bomberman/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

NEC Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
93 №112, p34-35[5]
89 №5, p80[6]
PC Engine
Based on
2 reviews

PC Engine version

PC Engine, JP
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TurboGrafx-16 version

TurboGrafx-16, US
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
PC Engine
CRC32 9abb4d1f
MD5 4bece0e426eec02f894399219f1951cf
SHA-1 738bbced47d87cd438d7972eba58c08f5c031a74
256kB Card (JP)
CRC32 5f6f3c2a
MD5 22945308eb41396f39c00444be9f251f
SHA-1 dc63680e579764bbacb7f07514f4f49ab888d3b1
256kB Card (US)



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Main page | Comparisons | Maps | Passwords | Hidden content | Magazine articles | Reception

Prereleases: Bomberman Users Battle (1990)

Bomberman games for NEC systems
Bomber Man (1983) | 3-D Bomberman (1984) | Bomberman (1990) | Bomberman Users Battle (1990) | Bomberman '93 (Special Version) (1992) | Bomberman '94 (1993) | Bomberman: Panic Bomber (1994)