Bomberman Chains

information

Title

ボンバーマン・チェインズ / Bomberman Chains

Console

iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)

Genre

Puzzle (match-three)

Players

1

Developer

RucKyGAMES

Publisher

Konami Digital Entertainment

Releases

February 10 2011
September 9 2014 (free-to-play)

Bomberman Chains takes the familiar match-three formula of games like Bejeweled and Candy Crush, but adds some bombs into the mix! Alongside matching up lines of enemies and creating chains of comboes, you can also use bombs to clear out the playing field and rack up even higher scores. The game offers 50 levels of gameplay plus two high score time trial challenges.

This game was a collaboration between small developer RuckyGames and Hudson Soft.

Initially a paid game (costing $2 on the US iTunes Store), the game was relaunched on the iTunes store as free-to-play on September 9th 2014. Although performed with little fanfare in Japan, Konami of America made a big affair out of it, culminating in a hashtag and some confused and angry fans. See #bombermanrolled below.

A connect-the-shapes puzzle game. The 8x8 grid is filled with enemies, and your job is to eliminate the required amount of enemies each type to progress. You do this by swapping two adjacent tiles to make 3 or more connect in a line; this erases them, and more enemies will enter from the top of the screen.

Performing chains by connecting multiple lines before the screen 'settles' is an essential tactic; not only is it vital for completing some stages, but it adds score multipliers and can increase your firepower gauge.
In some stages, only enemies cleared a certain way count towards the level's completion: either eliminating them with a bomb blast, or only after chaining above a certain number.

Bomberman stands at the top of the screen, and walks to what column you last tapped. If you clear 4 or more enemies in one move (this can include two different types of enemies), Bomberman will drop a bomb at the top of the empty column. Bombs can be tapped at any time to detonate, and will erase any enemies caught in their blast.
Your firepower gauge can be increased by chaining multiple lines of enemies before the screen settles (each bomb detonated also counts as a chain); increasing your firepower gauge to max will increase your bomb blasts by 1 tile, up to a maximum of 7-tile range. The firepower gauge constantly drains and will decrease to a shorter range if chains are not used to keep it up.

If several seconds pass without any input, the game will flash a possible chain (or bomb) to use. If there are no bombs and no possible chains, the grid will be reset.
Each stage is timed, though the timer can be refilled by performing chains. Running out of time will result in a Game Over, and your score and firepower gauge will be reset.
There are 50 stages in total.

30 Seconds / 60 Seconds

These modes are high score challenges where you must acquire as high a score as possible within the time limit. 30 Seconds only has 6 enemy types, while 60 Seconds features all 8.

Stage 1

Erase 6 of

Stage 2

Erase 9 of


Stage 3

Erase 11 of

Stage 4

Erase 13 of


Stage 5

Erase 10 of

with Bomb only

Stage 6

Erase 15 of

over 2 chains


Stage 7

Erase 30 of

 

Stage 8

Erase 13 of

over 2 chains


Stage 9

Erase 15 of

over 3 chains

Stage 10

Erase 15 of

over 3 chains


Stage 11

Erase 13 of

 

Stage 12

Erase 10 of

over 2 chains


Stage 13

Erase 13 of

with Bomb only

Stage 14

Erase 13 of

over 2 chains


Stage 15

Erase 12 of

with Bomb only

Stage 16

Erase 12 of

over 3 chains


Stage 17

Erase 40 of

 

Stage 18

Erase 13 of

with Bomb only


Stage 19

Erase 13 of

over 3 chains

Stage 20

Erase 15 of

over Bomb only


Stage 21

Erase 18 of

 

Stage 22

Erase 15 of

over 3 chains


Stage 23

Erase 20 of

 

Stage 24

Erase 15 of

over Bomb only


Stage 25

Erase 18 of

over 3 chains

Stage 26

Erase 18 of

using Bomb only


Stage 27

Erase 40 of

 

Stage 28

Erase 10 of

over 4 Chains


Stage 29

Erase 15 of

with Bomb Only

Stage 30

Erase 9 of

 


Stage 31

Erase 11 of

 

Stage 32

Erase 9 of

over 3 chains


Stage 33

Erase 10 of

with Bomb only

Stage 34

Erase 9 of

over 4 chains


Stage 35

Erase 11 of

with Bomb only

Stage 36

Erase 11 of

over 4 chains


Stage 37

Erase 50 of

 

Stage 38

Erase 11 of

 


Stage 39

Erase 13 of

over 3 chains

Stage 40

Erase 10 of

 


Stage 41

Erase 12 of

 

Stage 42

Erase 10 of

with Bomb only


Stage 43

Erase 10 of

over 2 chains

Stage 44

Erase 9 of

over 3 chains


Stage 45

Erase 11 of

with Bomb only

Stage 46

Erase 10 of

over 3 chains


Stage 47

Erase 50 of

 

Stage 48

Erase 10 of

over 3 chains


Stage 49

Erase 9 of

over 4 chains

Stage 50

Erase 13 of

with Bomb only

Bomberman will only drop one bomb per line cleared, but any additional bombs you earn are reserved until he finds a gap to put them in. It's not exactly intuitive, but this can also be used to reserve your bombs for later - if you keep Bomberman on the move by tapping the screen so he can't stop and drop a bomb, you can save them until you really need them.

Make use of the stages with few enemy types to unleash chains and rack up a huge stockpile of bombs.

You can't manually shift tiles into the empty gaps left by erased lines; however, with some fine timing, you can move a tile into a column just before it begins to fall down into place. And if you make a chain while doing this, they'll erase the moment they hit the ground!

Konami page

A quick product page for the game.

Gamasutra (press release)

A reproduction of the original press release for the game.

RucKyGAMES_Info (blog)

The developer's blog entry announcing the game's release.

#bombermanrolled

Now this'll be fun. A recap of Konami USA's promotion of the game on social media.

9/12/14 12:00 PM PST. Boom goes the dynamite.

September 12 2014, 10:32 PST: Konami's official Twitter account tweets an ominous image, alluding to something occurring within the next hour and a half. This was covered by several gaming news outlets (such as GameSpot, N4G and Tecmundo), all under the pretense of it being a reveal for the then-upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

09/12/14 - 1200 HOURS. IT'S GOING TO BE EXPLOSIVE

[NEW VIDEO] Told you it would be explosive. http://goo.gl/wTq5Kl

September 12 2014, 12:00 PST: A link is posted to https://www.konami.com/bmc/, a page with what appeared to be an embedded YouTube video. Clicking it would instead trigger multiple explosions on the page, before displaying the image on the right, claiming you got "#bombermanrolled", a clunky parody of the Rickrolling meme. It encouraged viewers to spread the page through Twitter, Facebook and Google+. [src: Tecmundo]

you just got #bombermanrolled. Bomberman roll your friends! brought to you by BOMBERMAN CHAINS

Get #BombermanRolled! Play the relaunched Bomberman Chains for free now on iOS @ http://goo.gl/jO9SQ0

September 12 2014, 12:18 PST: Not even twenty minutes later, Konami posts an official announcement for the game's relaunch, boasting a hashtag out of the ruse they had pulled.

BOMBTASTIC! Ignite your bomb and have a BLAST!

Pls forgive us, we really couldn't help ourselves....download Bomberman Chains 4 free on iOS! http://goo.gl/jO9SQ0

September 12 2014, 12:49 PST: Konami playfully own up, and post an image of Bomberman bearing a trollface.

@Ex_DigitalHeart actually, people have been pretty good sports about it. Thought being #BombermanRolled was clever.

September 12 2014, 12:50 PST: In response to a question asking how much vitriol they received over their little prank, Konami says it went well. It totally didn't bother anyone at all.

that's fair!

September 12 2014, 14:40 PST: In response to "Hey @Konami, please kill yourself".

TRO LO LO #bombermanrolled

You'll have a blast! http://goo.gl/2WdI67

September 15 2014, 11:17 PST: Three days later, Konami shill the game once more.

If all is forgiven for last week's announcement, download Bomberman Chains now! http://goo.gl/2WdI67

September 20 2014, 17:15 PST: A week later, Konami try one last time to promote the game, hoping to spark some goodwill within their fanbase.

And that's the last they tweeted about it. The "bmc" page was gone by October before it could even go viral. The game was hit with 1-star ratings and disappointed reviews from people upset by the fake-out and confused by the game. Metal Gear Solid fans were satiated with a new trailer at Tokyo Game Show on September 18th. And everyone quickly pondered why such a hubbub was raised over a game when its relaunch happened three days ago.

Click the image to enlarge. Screenshots are currently only from the iPad version.

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