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PathBlasters is like a competitive vertical-scrolling Bomberman

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Inspired by classic arcade games, PathBlasters looks like an absolute gem that deserves some attention mixing in some fun gameplay elements with a bit of a competitive edge to it.

My first thought when seeing it was it really resembles the idea of the classic Bomberman, but puts it into a fast-paced vertical-scrolling explosive block-pushing puzzler and it looks like so much fun to play with friends. Check out their trailer:

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More: "Move crates, explode TNT, create your path as fast as possible to escape the Guardian. Run through 5 environments with their unique gameplay mechanics. Slide on ice in the mountains, avoid burning floors in the volcano, use chain reactions of blobs in the swamps, and more to discover. Combine speed and intelligence to find the fastest path. Escaping the guardian won't be an easy task!"

It has a mixture of solo play and versus modes, with both local and online play available. That makes me happy to see, because too many smaller fun looking games like that often rely on local multiplayer so great to see you'll be able to play friends anywhere.

PathBlasters has Native Linux support and controller support, so could be a fun one for Steam Deck fans too!

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Pengling Apr 12
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Did someone say Bomberman? I'm there!

Love the music in the trailer, too - it reminds me very much of tunes from Jazz Jackrabbit and similar.
Liam Dawe Apr 12
Quoting: PenglingDid someone say Bomberman? I'm there!
I was waiting for your comment lol
Pengling Apr 12
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Quoting: Liam DaweI was waiting for your comment lol
First comment and first Like, too!

Just playing a bit of it right now. What a great concept!
Quoting: PenglingDid someone say Bomberman? I'm there!

Love the music in the trailer, too - it reminds me very much of tunes from Jazz Jackrabbit and similar.
N-n-n-n-n-no....... No one said Bomberman...... Your just hearing things....... Now go back to sleep......
Lofty Apr 12
Quoting: PenglingDid someone say Bomberman? I'm there!

The various Bomberman games are some of my favorite retro games. If your ever feeling you need some simple gaming comfort food it usually does the trick.
Pengling Apr 12
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Quoting: StoneColdSpiderN-n-n-n-n-no....... No one said Bomberman...... Your just hearing things....... Now go back to sleep......
Hahahahaha!

Quoting: LoftyThe various Bomberman games are some of my favorite retro games. If your ever feeling you need some simple gaming comfort food it usually does the trick.
It's my favourite series, though I think everyone on GOL knows that at this point, haha. Last year's Super Bomberman R 2 was my most-anticipated game in many years, and I loved every minute of it.
I saw this and I thought, "I wonder who I will see in the comment section on this one? No particular name springs to mind, guess I'll just have to go and see." Imagine my surprise to see Pengling and StoneColdSpider! Go figure.
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: StoneColdSpiderN-n-n-n-n-no....... No one said Bomberman...... Your just hearing things....... Now go back to sleep......
Hahahahaha!

Quoting: LoftyThe various Bomberman games are some of my favorite retro games. If your ever feeling you need some simple gaming comfort food it usually does the trick.
It's my favourite series, though I think everyone on GOL knows that at this point, haha. Last year's Super Bomberman R 2 was my most-anticipated game in many years, and I loved every minute of it.

Who's your favourite in the R games? Has to be blue bomber for me, I find him so relatable

Not picked up R2 yet as it didn't look different enough from R1 to make it worthwhile.. I still don't think I like the R series as much as bomberman live which is my personal fav
Pengling Apr 14
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Quoting: Doktor-MandrakeWho's your favourite in the R games? Has to be blue bomber for me, I find him so relatable
I don't even have to think about that one! It's the original Bomberman himself, White - he's always determined to do what's right, and his occasional uptight outbursts when nobody else seems willing to step up are a hilarious counterpoint to that (and remind me very much of me doing tech-support for relatives, at times ).

I can't help but love them all, though - they really are a wholesome and adorable bunch.

Quoting: Doktor-MandrakeNot picked up R2 yet as it didn't look different enough from R1 to make it worthwhile..
R 2 is actually quite different to R 1, as far as the single-player content goes! The gameplay is somewhat based on the long-forgotten Bomber King spin-offs (1, 2 ), so it's more about exploration and gathering items in large spaces where the individual screens are mostly much bigger than the stages in R 1. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I really enjoyed it - blasting through the exploratory areas has this good "virtual bubble-wrap" flow to it, I found.

Quoting: Doktor-MandrakeI still don't think I like the R series as much as bomberman live which is my personal fav
I love the Super Bomberman R titles since they're a direct continuation of the five Super Bomberman titles for the SNES (though we only got three of those in the UK back in the day; The US only got the first two). My first Bomberman game was Wario Blast Featuring Bomberman!, though - that one went everywhere with me, just as my Game Boy did!


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