Bubble Bobble

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Bubble Bobble is the story of two humans, Bub and Bob who wander into the mysterious cave of monsters and magically turn into dinosaurs. The only way to transform back is to reach the end of the cave...

Bubble Bobble is a platform game, with each level being a single screen. The enemies must be cleared from a level to go to the next one. With one player controlling Bub and the other controlling Bob, the player can jump and collect items for points (such as fruit). The real power Bub and Bob have however is the ability to blow bubbles. These bubbles can be as platforms to leap on, or to trap enemies. Enemies trapped in a bubble must be popped by jumping into them, wherein they'll turn to fruit. Additionally, power-ups sometimes float by in bubbles. They include lightning, which flies out horizontally at enemies, and water, which drags the player and enemies straight down flowing over platforms. Taking too long to complete any level will summon Baron Von Blubba, who will float around the screen trying to destroy the player.


Bubble Bobble FM Towns You've made quite some bubbles
Bubble Bobble NES Exploding bubbles leave some stuff behind
Bubble Bobble Atari ST A game in progress
Bubble Bobble FM Towns A new enemy appears and kills me!..

Alternate Titles

  • "泡泡龍" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Final Bubble Bobble" -- Japanese SEGA Master System title
  • "Dragon Maze" -- Brazilian SEGA Master System title
  • "バブルボブル" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Such a GREAT little game! SEGA Master System okos ember (17)
One of my fav's! NES OverRide (10)
One of my favorite games and a truly excellent aracde conversion. DOS Tomer Gabel (4361)
Is a game with cute dragons really that cool? Oh yes it is NES AaronGamer (42)
Help two little dinosaurs get their ladies back DOS *Katakis* (37879)
Burstin' lotsa bubbles and lookin' damn good doin' it! DOS Satoshi Kunsai (1810)
My favourite game of all time! DOS Matthew Bailey (1143)

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1988 915 out of 1000 92
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 9 out of 10 90
The Video Game Critic NES Jan 19, 2003 B+ 83
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Power Play NES Aug, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1991 67 out of 100 67
The DOS Spirit DOS May 17, 2008 4 out of 6 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Game Boy Sep, 1991 510 out of 1000 51


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Bubble Bobble appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled mobile port

Sometime in the early 2000s, Stephen Ruddy (author of the C64 conversion) attempted to port the game to mobile phones using Java. All 100 levels were copied across, including most of the movement patterns, but the game was never completed. This site has some video of what does exist.


If you finished level 99 by killing the enemies you got the bad ending. You had to get the secret key which opened up another 120 or so levels.


Though there have been many games based on the Bubble Bobble characters, a game called Chack'n Pop(1984) featured several of the characters and powerups later seen in Bubble Bobble. The main character from that game, Chackn, appears as one of the level designs in Bubble Bobble and also makes cameos in most of the sequels and derivative games.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Commodore Format
    • January 1991 (Issue 4) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Platformers
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #9 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Computer and Video Games
    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Third in category Arcade Game of the Year
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #12 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 37 – #7 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" poll
  • ZZAP!
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Arcade Conversion (readers choice)
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Platform Game (readers choice)
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne)
Information also contributed by Martin Smith, Mathew Bailey and PCGamer77

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