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Bubble Bobble (SEGA Master System)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Bubble Bobble SEGA Master System Bub floods part of a round
Bubble Bobble SEGA Master System A ghost made up of just blocks. Spooky
Bubble Bobble SEGA Master System Look, you can get some french fries from McDonalds
Bubble Bobble SEGA Master System Menu

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! okos ember (17) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

GamesCollection Feb 13, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Retrogaming History May 29, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines Jan, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Gamers (Germany) Jan, 1992 B 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Retroage Aug 20, 2011 7.3 out of 10 73
Video Games Mar, 1991 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

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.

Endings

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.

References

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.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • 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)
Information also contributed by Martin Smith, Mathew Bailey and PCGamer77

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