Atomic Bomberman is a 1997 installment in the Bomberman franchise for Windows 95. It is a slight oddball in the franchise, being developed by an American company (Interplay, under license from Hudson Soft), who designed the game using pre-rendered 3D sprites and backgrounds, techno-inspired music, and the extensive use of voice samples (provided by Charlie Adler and Billy West, no less!). Gameplay retains the classic grid-based formula, and while there is a short campaign mode, the game's focus is on its multiplayer. In fact, it and Saturn Bomberman are still the only games to offer ten-player online.
This game provides examples of:
- Digitized Sprites: Similar to games like Donkey Kong Country, the bombers are rendered this way.
- Dummied Out: Atomic Bomberman came with modding tools, making Dummied Out portions of the game easy to find.
- Bomberman has 3 unused idle animations: eating an apple whole and tossing the apple core away, doing a Levitating Lotus Position, and taking off their head and wiping the visor clean.
- It is possible to access a Campaign Mode by inputting a command at the main menu, but it's just a set of levels with opposing bombers and placeholder enemy graphics as opponents.
- There are many additional lines by the narrators that were unused because they contain many vulgar and obscene lines.
- Eyes Are Unbreakable: One of the death animations has the blown-up bomber reduced to a pile of ashes except for their eyes, which remain suspended in mid-air for a moment before dropping.
- Have a Nice Death: The game has many different death animations.
- Level Editor: Unlike Saturn Bomberman, ten players can be used in a variety of fields.
- The Many Deaths of You: A surprising first for the series, Bomberman has many ways to die, including but not limited to...
- No Mouth: A surprising subversion. The characters usually appear to not have a mouth, except on the main menu◊ and a bonus game◊ screen.
- No Plot? No Problem!: Unlike other games in the series, this one doesn't have a traditional story mode.
- Oh, Crap!: Characters have such animations when cornered next to a bomb.
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