I've been looking through a lot of art blogs for combinations of colours or styles that I really like, but it all comes down to a really bright, colourful and cartoony game. With such small screens it becomes incredibly important to be able to easily distinguish what's on the screen, and the best way to do that will be to have things flashing with big bold colours.
Not to mention the bomberman franchise was really awesome until they decided to take a more serious twist (see Bomberman: Act Zero). Even their newer games are pretty cool after they switched back to the classic cartoony style.
That leaves us with a few other questions:
- What will the characters look like?
- What will replace "bombs"?
- What locations will the battles take place in?
- Will the game be 3D?
I was thinking that a head shape similar to Katamari's might be useful - basically something similar to that.
For bombs, I have no idea what should replace them. Willing to hear suggestions! Something large and that changes over time to show that it's "in play".
For locations, I'm thinking places that kids go for fun to keep up with the lively, happy theme. Places like carnivals and movie theatres, though I was also thinking of taking some scenery that is reminiscent of some more popular videogames (maybe a map with a large ring in the centre for halo fans).
The game will not be in 3D. There's no reason to change camera angles, it's harder on the phone and if you take a 3D isometric view, it would probably be a disadvantage the players who start on the far side of the board.