game Cover
game HuCard
©1993 Hudson Soft / vol.61
Release : 1993-12-10 (¥6800)
HuCard (8 Mbits) HC93065
Action game

Bomberman'94 is the third (and last) episode of Hudson soft's flagship and popular series released for the PC Engine system. Everyone on Planet Bomber was at peace, thanks to the protective work of ancient and benevolent spirits. But one day, an evil army of robots led by the malevolent Bagurā (aka 'Burglar') appears and breaks the large sacred stone tablets, source of the spirits' mystical powers. The very fabric of the Bomberman universe is now at stake and Planet Bomber, under the enormous pressure, splits into five different worlds. A team of Bombermen is assembled to restore order to the universe and to retrieve all the sacred stone fragments. However, they all fail miserably... except for Shirobon, the white Bomberman, who must now save the Bomber World all by himself. Once again, players come equipped with the trademark bombs, and these bombs must be strategically dropped and only explode after a short amount of time, roasting anything within their blast radius (including players if they linger for too long). Bomberman'94 is drastically more complex than its predecessors and the game features six different worlds (each made out of several sub-stages) and several new gameplay twists. Here, the game doesn't require players to kill all the enemies to complete a level. Instead, each sub-stage comes with a piece of fragment enclosed within an impenetrable force-field that must be deactivated, and in order to do so, all the energy poles scattered around each maze must be blasted up (some even open doors later in the game). Once all the fragments for a given world are reunited, they serve as a key and activate an intense boss battle. As expected, Bomberman'94 comes loaded with new features, such as a fleet of colored kangaroos (called Rūi) that players can ride. They hatch from colored eggs and can use special powers, such as the ability to jump over obstacles or to kick bombs. They also double as shields and take damage in place of the player (at the cost of their own lives though). Additionally, nine different Bombermen are available to choose from in this version, from the cute Bombergirl, to the Old-Bomberman or the Punk-Bomberman. Finally, Bomberman'94 includes a multi-player battle mode where up to five players can battle each other, and a password system gives the player the opportunity to save a game in progress.
Bomberman (Pce-Hu) Bomberman'93 (Pce-Hu)
Tengai Makyō Deden no Den (Pce-SCD²) Bomberman'94 Special Version (Pce-SCD²)
Non-direct relation : Bomber King (Fc)
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Mega Bomberman - Megadrive/Genesis Bomberman '94 was also ported to the Sega Megadrive and renamed Mega Bomberman for the occasion (picture on the right). It was curiously never released in Japan and was only available in the United States and Europe. Although the game is fairly identical to the PC Engine version, it features a slightly different soundtrack, only supports a maximum of four players (whereas the PC Engine version supports five), several visual effects were removed (such as the neat underwater distortion or the falling snow flakes). Additionally, there are some small differences in the graphics, they have fewer shades and are a lot less colorful overall - for instance, the first level's background is plain brown and the pink Rūi with the flower hat that appears when the player pauses the battle-mode has been replaced by a simple "Pause" text message. Finally, two other games are also worth mentioning. The first one is an obscure game called Bomberman'08 and exclusively available for mobile phones in Japan. It was released in 2008 was is straight remake of Bomberman'94 (with slightly updated graphics). The other one is Super Bomberman 3 for the Super Famicom (only released in Japan and Europe in 1995) which can be seen as a remixed version of Bomberman'94.

Bomberman '94 Special Version / Deden no Den Two special/promotional editions of Bomberman '94 exist (picture on the left), and unlike Bomberman and Bomberman'93 special HuCards, these were only available on CD-Roms (probably cheaper to produce than cartridges). The first one was Bomberman '94 Special Version, a Super CDRom² released before the HuCard game tested here. It is not really clear as to where this promotional version actually originated from (most likely from Hudson Soft's exclusive fan club or given away at one of their popular tournaments) and only 10,000 copies are believed to exist. The game only includes the multi-player battle mode (no CPU players though), one arena to choose from and only the white bomberman as a playable character. The second special edition was Tengai Makyō Deden no Den, another Super CDRom² game released the following year where all the Bombermen characters were replaced by the blue-haired Kabuki Danjūrō, the eccentric Kabuki performer and swordsman from the Tengai Makyō (aka Far East of Eden) series. Deden no Den is fairly identical to Bomberman '94 Special Version (except for the sprite change aforementioned), and only 20,000 copies are believed to exist.

Game Staff (Copied from the end credits) :


Yuichi Ito
Hideo Iwakawa
Kazuyuki Kimura
Graphic Designer
Yakuyo Aoyama
Yuji Iwahara
Tomomi Tada

Sound Programer
Hajime Ohara
Takashi Morio

Special Thanks
Denki-Mirai Co.Ltd
Music Composer
Jun Chiki Chikuma

Art Director
Shoji Mizuno

Hiroki Shimada
Toshiki Fujiwara

Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi

Basic Game Designer
Shinichi Nakamoto

Presented By
Hudson Soft


Bomberman'94 manual Advertising
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Bomberman'94 sound room Sound Room:
At the title screen, first press Right, then press Left, Left & Down, Down, Down & Right and then II (it is technically a half-circle). This is rather tricky to achieve, but this will activate the Sound Room (picture on the right) where you can play all the music tracks and sound effects from the game.

Secret stage select and boss room:
Text hidden inside the ROM indicates that a Stage Select and a Boss Room were one day available. But these options were probably removed from the retail version... The text for the Boss Room is rather interesting because it lists the names for all the bosses - namely, Saru and Bananacher, Pyramid Gan, Grub Robs, Komori Count, Queen Oyobee and Buglear. You can actually drop the game's ROM in your favorite text editor to see the original hidden text!

Add your Pov here !

Bomberman'94 is a gem of a game and is definitively the best Bomberman available for the PC Engine system (how come it was never released in the United States ???). It simply takes the winning formula already laid down by its predecessors, and intensifies every single ingredient to deliver a grand performance. The story mode is incredible and packed with tiny details, clever gameplay ideas and, well, is just plain fun to play. The soundtrack is also the catchiest that my ears have ever heard, and the kind that will stick to your brain for the rest of your life (and I am not exaggerating this, it is playing in my head right now as I'm writing this review). Freaky powerful stuff. Finally, Bomberman is one of the best (if not THE best) multiplayer game ever made, and, of course, this version boasts an incredibly addictive and fun multiplayer battle mode that will bring countless hours of joy to you and your friends. Bomberman'94 is an unavoidable classic and a high water mark in the PC Engine system library. A true masterpiece.

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