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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 Arcade Intro
Bubble Bobble Amiga Stage 8 - it's getting crowded
Bubble Bobble ZX Spectrum The bubbles that you shoot can trap the enemies
Bubble Bobble FM Towns Loading screen

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 (4380)
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* (37823)
Burstin' lotsa bubbles and lookin' damn good doin' it! DOS Satoshi Kunsai (1811)
My favourite game of all time! DOS Matthew Bailey (1143)

The Press Says

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 958 out of 1000 96
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 93 out of 100 93
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1988 915 out of 1000 92
64'er Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 13 out of 15 87
GameSpot Wii Dec 18, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Total!! UK Magazine NES Jan, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Jan 10, 2008 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Game Boy Jun, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 68 out of 100 68


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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)
  • 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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