Atomic Punk: 1991
Developer: Hudson Soft
Atomic Punk Game Manual
Gameplay in the first mode, “Game A” (known as “Bomber Boy” in the Japanese version) is similar to other games in the series, with a few differences. Power-ups, known as panels, which are usually gained in each level and carried over from one to the next, can also be bought from a store by using GP, which is collected depending on how much time it takes to complete a level and how many blocks are destroyed. At the beginning of each round, the player decides which panels to use to complete the round. Another difference is that the linear gameplay of the original, with the player advancing levels after completing each one, was changed to implement a world map with nine locations.
My Town is the map location where the panel store is located. The following panels are available from the beginning of the game:
- Elixir (cost 100 GP), which revives Bomberman should he die in a stage
- Bomb Up (cost 50 GP), which allows Bomberman to have an extra bomb on the playfield at a time
- Fire Up (cost 50 GP), which causes explosions to lengthen by one square
The other map locations are those in which the game action takes place. Each area has a set number of rounds that have to be completed to finish the area. With the exception of Faria, these areas can be played in any order, but one area must be completed before moving onto another. Each area, when completed, unlocks a new panel for sale at the My Town store. The panels that can be unlocked include:
- Speed Up (cost 20 GP), which slightly increases the speed at which Bomberman moves
- Remocon (cost 30 GP), which enables bombs to be detonated by remote control
- Wall Pass (cost 50 GP), which enables Bomberman to pass through bombable walls
- Bomb Pass (cost 40 GP), which enables Bomberman to pass through the bombs he has laid
- Timer (cost 50 GP), which slows down the timer, essentially increasing the amount of time available to complete the round
- Fire Pass (cost 100 GP), which makes Bomberman immune to blasts from his bombs
The circle-shaped panels (Bomb Up, Fire Up, Speed Up) are permanent and last until you “lose a kid” (die). All the rest are square-shaped panels and they last for only one round.