is a short series of portable games in the Bomberman
franchise. The games take a few cues from Pokémon
: each game has two playable versions
, a Blue version (starring Bomberman) and a Red version (starring recurring rival Max), and both versions must be played in order to unlock every level and Charabom
. The Charaboms can also be battled in multiplayer.
The games change up the classic Bomberman
formula somewhat. The game is laid out in a grid format with destructible blocks and enemies; however at the beginning of every level, Dr. Ein
gives the player an objective that must be completed in order to progress. The objectives may include defeating every enemy, defeating a certain type of enemy, or rescuing a Charabom, among others. When the objective is completed an EXIT signal will appear, allowing the player to progress. The game is non-linear, and the player can travel between different levels via blue portals, which lead to new areas, or red portals, which lead to previously-completed levels.
Games in this series include:
These games provide examples of: