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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 NES Level completed, muahahahaha!
Bubble Bobble Arcade Water-bubble problem
Bubble Bobble Commodore 64 Title screen 2
Bubble Bobble Amstrad CPC Get the clock to freeze time for a few seconds

Promo Images

Bubble Bobble Screenshot
Bubble Bobble Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "泡泡龍" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Final Bubble Bobble" -- Japanese SEGA Master System title
  • "Dragon Maze" -- Brazilian SEGA Master System title
  • "Arcade Archives: Bubble Bobble" -- PS4 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 (13)
One of my favorite games and a truly excellent aracde conversion. DOS Tomer Gabel (4644)
Is a game with cute dragons really that cool? Oh yes it is NES AaronGamer (45)
Help two little dinosaurs get their ladies back DOS Katakis | カタキス (39520)
Burstin' lotsa bubbles and lookin' damn good doin' it! DOS Satoshi Kunsai (2093)
My favourite game of all time! DOS Matthew Bailey (1280)

Critic Reviews

Defunct Games Game Gear Feb 04, 2007 95 out of 100 95
GamesCollection SEGA Master System Feb 13, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Jul, 1993 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Power Amiga Nov, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Nintendo Acción Game Boy 1993 80 out of 100 80 NES Apr, 2011 B 75
Commodore User Amiga Apr, 1988 7 out of 10 70
The DOS Spirit DOS May 17, 2008 4 out of 6 67


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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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