Bomberman Collection

Genre: Strategy
Release Year: 2003
Developer: Unknown
Publisher: Hudson
Age Rating: Everyone
Playability Status: Playable (with significant issues)
Tested On: Windows 8 x64
Availability: Copyright retained - Still sold

Who knew blowing up your friends could be such fun? Bomberman is a game all about planting bombs to try and blow up your buddies, while trying to avoid the explosives they’ve left for you. This budget compilation bundles three Bomberman games, two ported from the PC Engine and one from the Playstation.


Bomberman Collection should install just fine on a modern PC. Simply place the CD into your computers optical drive and follow all on-screen prompts. If the autorun menu fails to start when you insert the CD, browse to the CD/DVD in Computer/This PC and run the autorun.exe file manually.


There were no official patches released for Bomberman Collection. If you are playing on a Windows 8 machine, you should install this compatibility fix. This fix was designed for the game “Command and Conquer – Tiberian Sun” but it also works for Bomberman Collection too. The patch does not come with an installer. To install it, copy all the files from inside the downloaded zip file into the Bomberman Collection installation directory. This patch is not needed for Windows 7 users.

Running the games

Bomberman and Bomberman 93 will now work perfectly, but Bomberman World is a little more problematic. The game tries to play an introduction video that is encoded using the obsolete Intel Indeo codec, that is known to be problematic on new PCs. When the game tries to play the video, it simply locks up on a black screen. Despite trying various workarounds we weren’t able to get the videos working. You can try re-encoding the videos (find them in the movie sub-folder in the Bomberman Collection installation folder) using a tool like Freemake Video converter. When we did this on our PC, we only got sound and no picture where the videos should have been, but it beats having the game lock up and means you can at least play it.

Configuring controls

Remember, in any of the games you can press Escape at any time to access the options menu, from here you can configure controls. You may need a tool like Xpadder to get the game to recognise modern joypads.

Problems saving games or settings

Like many older games, Bomberman Collection places its save game files and configuration files in the same directory that it is installed to. This can cause problems on more modern versions of Windows as programs are not normally permitted to write to the program files directory. To avoid this problem, either install the game to an alternate location (e.g c:\Games\Bomberman) or manually edit the permissions on the “BomberMan Collection” folder. If you used the default installation directory, the games folder can be found at “C:\Program Files (x86)\BomberMan Collection”. A tutorial on how to edit folder permissions can be found here.

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