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Bubble Ghost

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
3.9
Commodore 64
...
3.5
DOS
...
3.7
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Description

Bubble Ghost needs to blow a bubble out of his creator's castle. Your task is to guide him so as to direct the bubble through the gaps in each room. The bubble's direction is affected by which part of the ghost hits it.

Candles, fans, and other obstacles serve to make little Bubble Ghost's task harder. Bubble Ghost is invincible, but the bubble is prone to bursting if it hits anything at pace. You have five bubbles before the game is over.

Screenshots

Bubble Ghost DOS Hall 24 (EGA).
Bubble Ghost Apple IIgs Narrow corridor
Bubble Ghost Amiga Highscore screen
Bubble Ghost DOS Hall 17 (EGA).

Alternate Titles

  • "バブルゴースト" -- Japanese Game Boy title spelling

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The Press Says

Zzap! Amiga Nov, 1988 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Dec, 1987 10.5 out of 12 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1988 814 out of 1000 81
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Dec, 1988 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Nov, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Oct, 1988 7 out of 10 70
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1987 5.5 out of 10 55
Power Play Game Boy May, 1991 51 out of 100 51
Joystick (German) DOS Jan, 1989 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Atari ST version

The Atari ST computers came with built in Midi interfaces, a truly unique feature for any computer. The game play the music as a midi output if you hooked up a synth to the ST.

Lead platform

The game was originally programmed for the Atari ST.

Updated re-release

The original Bubble Ghost was published in 1987 for ST and Amiga, then remade three years later (1990) for both systems. The remakes contains updated sounds and graphics, but no new gameplay elements.

Infogrames is the distributor of the first Bubble Ghost by ERE Informatique, so, with this remake developed and distributed only by Infogrames, ERE informatique, the original developer of the concept, received no money.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
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Contributed to by Olivier Masse (421), Martin Smith (63136), Blood (1791), Ben K (23100), Garcia (4778) and Cochonou (1017)