The new Bomberman from Konami tries to take a traditional approach to gameplay

The new Bomberman from Konami tries to take a traditional approach to gameplay ...

Konami unveiled a fresh take on Bomberman, the popular blast-em-up series that arguably topped out in 1997 with the release of Saturn Bomberman and Super Bomberman 64, that stands in stark contrast to previous attempts to resurrect the franchise. As it is named, Amazing Bomberman retains the classic top-down gameplay of the best Bomberman games, but adds a musical twist.

Amazing Bomberman features sights and sounds that remind you of classic games like Pac-Man Championship Edition, Space Invaders Extreme, and Tetris Effect, all of which are reimagined with stylish visual and aural flair. The gameplay in Amazing Bomberman is a bit more intense, with videos and musical effects that will alter the games stages in time with the beat.

Amazing Bomberman will be a seven-stage game with original music from Japan and abroad, as well as new graphics for power-ups that match the Amazing Bomberman presentation. It's a strange combination of Dance Dance Revolution style and 30-year-old Bomberman gameplay, but it should work in practice.

When Amazing Bomberman is released later this week, the game will be available exclusively on Apple Arcade. It's also available on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac. A subscription to Apple Arcade costs $4.99 per month, and is included with Apple Ones Individual ($14.95), Family ($19.95), and Premier ($29.95) monthly plans.