#529 – Robo Warrior


                                                                Now displayed at the World’s Trade Fair of 1929!



                                                           Look at all that shrubbery, just waiting to be exploded!





GENRE: Action/Puzzle

RELEASE DATE: December 1988


Welcome to Robo Warrior, a little known Bomberman spin-off that tries to inject more action into the destroy-everything formula. ZED is your robo warrior, a laser-spitting, bomb-dropping, chaw-chewing humanoid. If you’ve played Bomberman, you know what to expect: explode any barriers in your way, including various cute (but evil) creatures, and collect weapon upgrades. Any Bomberman veteran will tell you that the main series slowly eases you into each game, but Robo Warrior makes no concessions. Fend off hordes of flying enemies from the right side of the screen, while bombing through layers of trees and rocks. Your health meter is constantly depleting. Get hit by an enemy and it decreases a little more. Get hit by one of your own bombs and half your life is gone. Two bombs and you’re dead (sometimes you get trapped by your bombs too – thanks Hudson Soft!). There are energy tanks you can use to replenish your health, along with unlimited continues (I think they’re unlimited – they didn’t run out during my playthrough). Unfortunately, you only have one life to get through each incredibly difficult stage. The environments in each stage will continue to repeat until you find the chalice. Also, you won’t be able to exit the stage until you find the key. In the meantime, you’re bombing every nook and cranny in search of those two valuable pieces of progression, while nasty enemies continue to bombard you and your life steadily lowers. Compared to the relaxed pace of Bomberman, Robo Warrior is tense and frustrating.


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