DescriptionBubble 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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
|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 (4388)|
|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* (37801)|
|Burstin' lotsa bubbles and lookin' damn good doin' it!||DOS||Satoshi Kunsai (1816)|
|My favourite game of all time!||DOS||Matthew Bailey (1143)|
The Press Says
|Power Play||Atari ST||Jan, 1988||8 out of 10||80|
|GameSpot||Wii||Dec 18, 2007||8 out of 10||80|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Game Gear||Sep, 1994||7.75 out of 10||78|
|Mag'64||Wii||Jan 30, 2009||7.5 out of 10||75|
|Gamers (Germany)||SEGA Master System||Jan, 1992||B||75|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||SEGA Master System||Mar, 1992||9 out of 12||75|
|1UP!||NES||Nov 14, 2003||71 out of 100||71|
|Commodore User||Amiga||Apr, 1988||7 out of 10||70|
|All Game Guide||Game Gear||1998||70|
|Power Play||NES||Aug, 1991||69 out of 100||69|
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1001 Video GamesThe 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 portSometime 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.
EndingsIf 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.
ReferencesThough 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.
- 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! 64
- Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Arcade Conversion (readers choice)
- Newsfield Reader's Awards 1987 - Best Platform Game (readers choice)