The new Konami Bomberman tries to play with a familiar formula

The new Konami Bomberman tries to play with a familiar formula ...

Konami unveiled a fresh take on Bomberman, the competitive blast-em-up series that arguably exploded in 1997 with the dual release of Saturn Bomberman and Super Bomberman 64, that differs from previous attempts to resurrect the franchise. As its name implies, Amazing Bomberman retains the classic top-down gameplay of the best Bomberman games, but adds a musical twist.

Amazing Bomberman features sights and sounds similar to games like Pac-Man Championship Edition, Space Invaders Extreme, and Tetris Effect, all classic games that have been updated with stylish visual and aural flair. The gameplay of Amazing Bomberman is more intense, with videos and musical effects that will change the game stages in time with the beat.

Konami announced that Amazing Bomberman would have seven stages at the beginning, each with their own original songs from Japan and abroad. But the series' old power-up graphics, while unusual, remain the same.

When Amazing Bomberman launches later this week, the game will be available exclusively on Apple Arcade. The game will be playable 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.