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User Rating: / 13
Written by Shigamoto   
Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Bomberman goes Mars, but what else does this game has to offer? Read on to find out.

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A space ship crash lands on Mars, you are the sole survivor and must find your way around mazes all over the planet. In addition to your hardships you also have to deal with creepy aliens just waiting to get you. Thankfully Mars is also littered with bombs that you can use to blast your way through mazes and kill those alien life forms. The more stuff you blast the more points you earn. As mentioned earlier, if you ever played Bomberman you will feel right at home.

There are a bunch of enemies in Mars Miner, from basic crawling slugs to rather intelligent aliens. As you progress in the game you will notice that the aliens get smarter. They actually run away when you set bombs close to them, and try to attack when you are not. The AI is cunning most of the time with few glitches.

Naturally Mars Miner’s graphics is red, red and red. But there are levels with other colors such as grey. The visual experience needs to be improved though, the graphics are not bad but the shadowing is. Also the textures need some work, especially the stationary ones forming the different mazes. The enemies are kinda cool; some of them are abstract and shows that Retrostyle are a creative bunch.

Mars Miner comes with a couple of power-ups; there is one which makes the game go faster; quite useful. Sometimes you don’t manage to get out of the way when you set a charge, so the power-up can be dangerous too.

One thing I don’t quite get with Mars Miner is the soundtrack; I can’t really see the connection to Mars or space other than in the menu music. On some levels I don’t get the soundtrack at all, for example it can just be base with something that sounds like a spoon banged against concrete.

Mars Miner has a number of different game modes; the story mode is basically a linear way to play through the game while the story evolves through computer terminals on the levels. A pretty nice experience. My favourite mode is however survival, in which you get hammered by enemies from all directions and you need to surive by placing bombs strategically. Mars Miner also includes a training mode for beginners.

It’s possible to play Mars Miner in hot seat mode against someone in the same room. But there are no Internet options (other than highscores posted on the retrostyle homepage), and no other multiplayer options either. Puzzle games are some how more fun in multiplay.

Mars Miner is a solid puzzle game capitalizing on the Bomberman-games but with its own twists. It lacks graphics and multiplayer options to become a truly great game. However Mars Miner will not disappoint puzzle game enthusiasts who have already played them all.

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Related: Baby Boom II, Luxor
Developer: Retrostyle Games
Website for Game:
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP /Vista
Where to get: Download demo here!
Cost of full game: $19.99
Year of Release: 2007

Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB, Windows XP.

Score 6

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1. 24-04-2007 16:12
Super!!! I like it! :p
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