Online Bomberman is an online game developed by Mgame, Hudson Soft, and Fullerton and was released on the PC in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. As of January 2008, servers are still online only in Korea.
The Taiwan server supported Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau regions.
There are four gameplay modes in Online Bomberman: 'Survival Mode', 'Panel Paint Mode', 'Hyperbomb Mode', and 'Boss Battle Mode'.In Survival Rule, you either battle in a team or by yourself. You must kill all opposing players in order to win.
In Panel Paint Mode, the floor is colored. When your bomb explodes, the floor will be covered with your team color. When you die you will be revived but the area you had 'occupied' will be erased.
In Hyperbomb Mode, there are special hyperbomb items that you have to collect in order to win. There are 5 items in total. However, you only need to collect 3 then reach the center of the room in order to win. The difficult part in this game setting is that sometimes you must choose between letting your character die or losing all of your collected items.
In Boss Survival Mode, the player will face a boss of his or her choice. The boss will place special bombs and hide. To combat the boss, the player can purchase items and use it for special effects.
There are 2 other buttons found in the game's data with the text 'Submarine Mode' and 'Ring Match'; the two have never taken place in the releases.
In late 2004, Online Bomberman in Taiwan and Hong Kong opened an item shop where players could buy items for the boss battle mode including character cards and nickname cards.
Character cards are characters that require a money payment, and can only be used for a short period of time.
There are two kinds of nickname cards. One type will affect the background of the nickname display area, the other one will simply change the color of the text. Both of the items affect the player's name display.
In order to buy items, user must obtain Bomberyen. Bomberyen can be obtained through normal gameplay, by defeating bosses in Boss Survival Mode, by entering Tournaments, or by purchasing it with cash.
Item Shop also existed in the new version of the Japanese Online Bomberman, containing clothing and accessories to be used by a custom character in the game.
In early 2003, Online Bomberman in Japan was shut down. The official website stated that the game was stopped for debugging and was in development for a commercial release.
In October 2005, The Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau site announced that they were closing the websites and all the servers involved with the game. This announcement caused a wave of shock amongst many players in that region. In response, several users in the forums declared that they will attempt to clone the game and setup private servers with no moderators or administrators doing anything to stop it.
On November 1, 2005, the game went out of business in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
The Japanese version went back online on December 1, 2005, but then closed again on July 31, 2007.
Bomberman Online Japan (ボンバーマンオンライン Japan) is the successor of Online Bomberman. The software uses Shockwave Entertainment, Inc's 55Shock! online service. It was released on the PC in Japanese markets only.
Player obtains experience points during battle. Each player has a bomb waza bar. When the bar is full, it refills bomb waza gauge. When the gauge is full, player can use a bomb technique. Items collected in a course can be saved for later use.
In 2008-12-26, BOJ's paid service was temporarily interrupted. In 2009-01-31, Shockwave Entertainment had terminated its online service, which also affected Bomberman Online Japan. As a result, the paid subscribers were refunded.
In 2009-05-27, Hudson Soft's official site post an announcement that the service would end in 2009-06-03. 2009-06-03, the remaining Bomberman Online Japan online service had ended.
As part of the service launch, between 2008-09-10 and 2008-10-14, player gains pippocon hammer, lightning blade, dekadeka milk bomb weapons by creating save data.