While the Bomberman series is undoubtedly well-known for its terrific competitive multiplayer matches there’s no denying that its characters themselves are a bit lacking in personality and its single-player efforts to date have been inconsistent as a whole. Ponpu absolutely borrows liberally from that franchise when it comes to core concepts, with play generally revolving around blowing up walls and enemies with your bombs, but with its distinctive art style there’s no denying that it has a fat greater attempt at personality hands down. The solo campaign also happens to be pretty challenging and enjoyable in itself, making for a pretty pleasant surprise and helping it stand apart from the competition. The fun thankfully also carries over into the various multiplayer modes, with some being for teams and others being a free-for-all, but all working with the classic foundation but layering a smart element or two to help each distinguish themselves from one another. It’s a wonderful weirdo surprise, no doubt.
Justin Nation, Score: