Bomb Me – fling bombs at other players Angry Birds style in this multiplayer online strategy game!
Feb 11, 2013 9:44 AM –
The curiously named Bomb Me is an online multiplayer combat game that plays like a combination between Angry Birds and Worms. It is a game for people who like strategy, for combatants who like destroying random online players and people nostalgic for classic Worms-style gameplay. I guess the question is, is Bomb Me ‘da bomb’ or will it just umm… ‘bomb’?
Price: Free plus In-app Purchases
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Retro graphics!
- Loads of weapons, upgrades, etc!
- Plenty of opponents in online multiplayer!
- Old-school gameplay!
- Customisable characters!
- Complex menus that could benefit from more tutorials.
- Music isn’t great and you might want to turn it off.
- Game sometimes freezes.
- Freemium model that requires mandatory registration or Facebook login.
Bomb Me is a free multiplayer game that sees you battling online foes in Worm-style turn-based gameplay. The main screen looks like a birds-eye view of some kind of fantasy town with various places to explore. From left to right you have:
Bomb Me – Map
- Statue – (suggests ‘Coming Soon!’ when tapped.
- Lab – allows you to combine and enhance weapons and other items.
- Hall – here is where you go to fight in various battles. You can choose different modes, select particular rooms or ‘Quick Join’ the next available battle.
- Marry – With a slightly unexpected twist you can ‘Marry’ fellow gamers after choosing a means to propose to them.
- Shop – buy upgrades of all kinds; weapons, character customisations and other items.
- Domed building – Another ‘Coming soon!’ feature that is currently inaccessible.
- Adventure – I think this is where you can combine with other players. However, I found that either my level was too low or there were no available rooms. I tried this several times to no avail.
- Guild – Lets you join community guilds.
Along the left and right of the screen there are also various tabs for Rank, Info, Exchanges, Honor, Daily Gift, VIP and Gift codes. To say the game is complex would be an understatement. There are short tutorials early on in the game and occasionally you might find a blue ‘Introduction’ tab but these could offer far more help than they currently do.
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Gameplay itself- the kind I was able to enter and actually play- is much like Worms. Select a weapon or action, target your enemy and blast away. Destroying the environment around you and taking out your enemy is pretty rewarding, although it’s difficult sometimes to know exactly what is going on. Playing games with more than one opponent can be a little odd as players have the habit of not doing anything, also I found myself being kicked out of a room randomly by the host or having to wait a long time for enough people to play.
Bomb Me certainly has potential as a platform to play all kinds of online but it feels quite convoluted for the actual gameplay you can easily get from it. You tend to spend more time waiting for other players to arrive, scouring menus and rooms looking for battles that actually battling. With a little more in-game guidance, it could be made less frustrating.
Bomb Me – Sample gameplay (1)
Bomb Me – Sample gameplay (2)
Bomb Me – Sample gameplay (3)
Bomb Me – Sample gameplay (4)
Bomb Me – Sample gameplay (5)
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Bomb Me – Sample gameplay (7)
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Bomb Me – Win
Bomb Me – Battle result
Bomb Me – Map
Bomb Me – Choose sex
Bomb Me – Marriage
Bomb Me – Add friends
Bomb Me – Community
Blowing enemies to smithereens is genuinely great. The environments, interaction, community spaces and other quirks are pretty good too. However, there’s far too much crammed into this game for it to be something that is easily approached. Playing takes time and experimentation before you even begin to find your way around to battling. This can make for a frustrating experience that might annoy many users.
I think if you are willing to spend a lot of time getting tucked into the game- or are willing to register and make in-app purchases to enhance your items, etc. then perhaps you could get engrossed into the gameplay. For casual gamers though, or people who just want to get on with playing a game rather than floating around a pretty menu system, this would be one to avoid.
The graphics are heavily inspired by retro-style RPG games and it has a pretty cute effect. The animations are good too and very similar to that which you see in Worms.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The sound effects are really good- lots of different mini-explosions make it quite immersive. However, I would strongly recommend you switch the music off, it’s not great.
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