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
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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.
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Mathew Bailey and
- Retro Gamer
- Issue 37 – #7 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" poll
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