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(Hyper Anime Studios)
"Throwing a new light into the puzzle genre"
Suzie would like nothing
better than to destroy the evil and maniacal dragon balls. But a dragon
defends the part of the kingdom where the dragon balls rest. Her only hope
now is to get some firepower of her own and blast the dragon balls herself!
Control your throws
carefully as you try to outwit the dragon with your bomb power. Your skill
will be tested as the walls increase in size and the song that defends
you loses its power. Can you destroy the dragon balls and restore peace
to the kingdom?
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|There's good news and bad news when it
comes to the graphics in Puzzle Bomber. The good news comes with the animation
sequences. The introduction that leads to the title screen is very well-timed
with the music, and the winning poses the heroine makes in between stages
are a joy to watch.
The bad news comes during the game itself.
The art level is maintained, but there are a few strange decisions made
during the game's layout. First of all, the dragon ball (or the item you're
supposed to hit with a bomb) is difficult to discern from all the other
colored balls. Only three dots designate it, and they're pretty hard to
see. Mixing up the colors a little would have helped to make the dragon
ball stand out and make the game a little easier on the eyes.
The other factor that takes away from the
Graphics score of this game is the blinking problem, which only takes place
during the game. Refresh rates are rapid, causing the screen to blink almost
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|Strangely enough, this Puzzle Bomber game
doesn't come with a single explosion sound! But to compensate, Hyper Anime
Studios gives their game some sound elements by borrowing some of the more
popular tunes from Square's SNES classic Chrono Trigger and utilizing them
into the game. While not original, it's certainly a nice touch because
it gives the game a little magic.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|The object of Puzzle Bomber, which is
endless, is to blow up dragon balls. To do this, you have color-coded bombs
and a bag which can also be used to capture the dragon ball; which bomb
or bag you get to use during a toss is decided randomly.
The key puzzle element in Puzzle Bomber
is choosing the angle and power you use before you toss a bomb or bag,
which is controlled with the arrow keys. It's not as easy as it looks;
choose an angle that's to steep and your bomb will just fly straight up
and back down. On the other hand, choose a power that's too high and the
bomb will rocket over the screen and you won't hit anything.
There is, of course, factors that won't
make your job as easy as it looks. If you make a bad toss, a hasty little
dragon will drop defused bombs of his own over the horizon (which could
possibly cover the dragon ball before you get to it). The only way to take
care of these defused bombs is to throw a bomb of the same color on top
of it. This is where Puzzle Bomber gets a little tricky! If the dragon
ball is out of reach, you have to blow up any bomb that gets in your way
with bombs of your own.
While the concepts in Puzzle Bomber are
interesting, the game is endless. After you blow up one dragon ball, the
game seems to start all over again. Without a score system, however, this
choice in gameplay makes the game a little repetitive.
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|After looking around the text files and
the game for clues, I'm not really sure it's possible to put all of the
game's elements to come up with a story. But what Hyper Anime was able
to do with Puzzle Bomber is create some pretty unique puzzle elements.
The bomb-tossing female character mixed with the colors, the dragons, and
the medevil theme was a nice touch. The short demo sequences were also
well animated and overall this game had almost enough story elements to
form a two-point rating. What changed my mind was the game's reference
to using the popular anime term "dragon balls" to describe the object of
the bomber's affection.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|Blinking is probably the first hurdle
that Puzzle Bomber has to cross to improve on it's Replay Value. The fact
that the entire screen flickers can stress the eyes, even after a few minutes
of play. I found that staring at the upper right of the screen, where the
bomber rests, is where my eyes suffer the least amount of damage.
But after the blinking, a little more variation
in gameplay would probably be the other pick-up that Puzzle Bomber needs.
After mastering how to throw bombs properly, the lone objective of bombing
dragon balls becomes too easy, and the game becomes monotonous.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|The bombs you throw don't necessarily
go at a perfect arc, so it does take a while to figure out the angle and
power that will get you most comfortable with the game. With about fifteen
to twenty minutes practice though, you'll start to find an angle where
you're most comfortable with. By then, bombing dragon balls will be no
match for your skills.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|The game's high point. This is the only
QB game I know where the game can blink like the dickens but still manage
to attain a three-star rating on the Fun Factor mark. That's because with
Puzzle Bomber, Hyper Anime came up with a new type of puzzle that is quite
addictive. It's a simple enough formula for fun: blowing things up. And
except for the blinking, the graphics and sound mix well enough that they
aren't a nuisance to this game's entertainment value.
Even if Hyper Anime Studios decided to
polish up on this game by reducing the blinking and improving slightly
on the art, this game is still guaranteed a good Fun Factor score. It would
be nice to see a version of this game that's slightly improved so that
the fun doesn't have to hurt the eyes. But to make the game even more fun,
then some other elements are needed to increase the replay value of this
game. Score bonuses and combinations, or something else that would give
the game more continuity, would be a great start.
||Genre: Puzzle Game
||To solve: N/A Final Rating: 13/35
To download this game, click here.
can not play Puzzle Bomber if you do not have a Sound Blaster or Sound
Blaster compatible card.
run this game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
play Puzzle Bomber, unzip the file and run "PUZZLE.BAT". Modifications
may have to be made to this batch file if you are not using "QBASIC.EXE"
to access your version of QuickBasic.
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