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Critic Reviews 79% add missing review

Your Commodore ( ) (100%)

[Budget re-release] Loads of graphics and trinkly music and jingles, all adds up to a classic game that should not be missed at this budget price. Great fun! Recommended!

Sep 1991 · Commodore 64 · read review

Zzap! (98 out of 100) (98%)

[Re-release Round-up] At this price the game is an absolute steal, and anyone who missed out on it back then would have to be rather silly not to get hold it now.

Nov 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Zzap! (97 out of 100) (97%)

A superlative conversion which retains all of the fun and features of the original.

Oct 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (958 out of 1000) (96%)

For a largely non-violent and (some would say) rather twee game, Bubble Bobble really is amazingly addictive stuff. Pleasing graphics and great music add to its appeal, but with such a playable game Firebird had to be onto a winner.

Oct 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (958 out of 1000) (96%)

A very lively game taking advantage of the Atari ST's smooth movement and speed making the game pleasant to play and the best conversion of the Taito hit. The animation of the ST complements the colourful sprites and the 100 screens, each with their own pattern of play. The music is simple for the ST, but lively - livelyness being the key word in describing this arcade hit.

Feb 1988 · Atari ST · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (958 out of 1000) (96%)

The Amiga version of this arcade classic is still just as addictive, frustrating and playable as the other versions. Bubble Bobble is one of the best arcade conversions we're probably ever likely to see.

Jun 1988 · Amiga · read review

Defunct Games (95 out of 100) (95%)

Overall, Bubble Bobble is a timeless classic that is always worthy to acquire - no matter for what system - if you didn't own a copy of it yet. In the library of games for the Game Gear it especially stands out as an incredibly fun game to which you will always return once in a while.

Feb 4th, 2007 · Game Gear · read review

Commodore User (94 out of 100) (94%)

[Budget re-release] Great fun still - they don't make 'em like this anymore! Re-release of the month!

Jan 1989 · Commodore 64 · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (94 out of 100) (94%)

ST Bubble Bobble is amazingly close to the arcade original, everything from the introductory screen to the extended jingle is there, and the two player Bub/Bob partnership captures all the fun of the cute coin-op. Cliché or not, Bubble Bobble is easily one of the best coin-op conversions on the ST so far.

Feb 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (93 out of 100) (93%)

Undoubtedly, Bubble Bobble ranks high amongst the arcade conversions available for home machines.

Oct 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (92 out of 100) (92%)

[Budget re-release] Bubble Bobble ranks as one of the best Spectrum coin-op conversions of all time, boasting pleasant graphics and extremely addictive gameplay. If you have so much as an ounce of sense in your body you'll rush out and buy this now!

Sep 1991 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Commodore Force (92 out of 100) (92%)

Bub and Bob's first computer outing is one of the C64's most classic arcade romps.

Jul 1993 · Commodore 64 · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (915 out of 1000) (92%)

[Retest] Still plays well, but looks a bit old now.

Oct 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (915 out of 1000) (92%)

Still plays well, but looks a bit old now.

Oct 1988 · Amstrad CPC · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (915 out of 1000) (92%)

[Retest] Still plays well, but looks a bit old now.

Oct 1988 · ZX Spectrum · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (915 out of 1000) (92%)

[Retest] Still plays well, but looks a bit old now.

Oct 1988 · Amiga · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (915 out of 1000) (92%)

Still plays well, but looks a bit old now.

Oct 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Atari ST User (91 out of 100) (91%)

Best with two players, this is a simple and effective game that no self-respecting games player should be without.

May 1992 · Atari ST

Hardcore Gaming 101 (9 out of 10) (90%)

Before anyone ever disses a game for being "Too Cute" again, they better play Bubble Bobble. Besides, all "Too Cute" means is that the characters have an Anime look or the game is starring animals anyway. Definately pick this one up!

2000 · NES · read review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (9 out of 10) (90%)

I will admit to being absolutely biased about this game. I have been playing Bubble Bobble for upwards of two decades and I have very fond memories of doing so with my cousin on cool summer evenings at family barbecues. I get nostalgic for the bright, colourful graphics and happy, energetic chiptunes. Still, even now that I’m in my late 20s, I find myself returning to Bubble Bobble regularly. Nostalgia aside, it must have some legitimately good qualities if it keeps bringing me back after all those years, right? Right.

Aug 17th, 2012 · NES · read review

Jaded Gamer, The (90 out of 100) (90%)

Graphically the game is no great shakes, but it doesn't really have to be. You can easily distinguish yourself from one of the many types of monsters, and the level colors change enough to make you feel like you're not just spinning your wheels. A simple game from a simpler time that manages to keep itself feeling fun. Throw in the fact that this game is even more fun with a second player, and you have yourself one of the classics of a bygone era. If the game is available to you, make sure you grab it -- and a friend -- and enjoy.

Dec 16th, 2003 · NES · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (90%)

Bubble Bobble is a game you play once, and *need* to play again, and again, and again. It doesn't matter if you've finished it before - heck! The adventures of Bub and Bob, the dinosaurs, are among the best challenges ever offered to the gaming world. What intrigues me is that the game, so simple in design, can captivate my attention for so long.

2007 · NES · read review

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library ( ) (90%)

The game has many secret warps, hidden bonus levels, and even different endings, the best of which can only be obtained by completing the game in the incredibly fun, cooperative, two-player mode. The only tune in the game is thankfully fun and catchy and will definitely get stuck in players’ heads for days. This is a fantastic game for wasting a rainy afternoon with a friend.

2016 · NES

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (9 out of 10) (90%)

It's unlikely you'll ever discover or master all the features in Bubble Bobble. If you're not finding ways to dodge Baron von Blubba or finding the best place on the screen to burst a group of bubbles, you'll be working out how to collect all the fruits and treasure on the screen before the time runs out. The game's as addictive as bubble gum and as long lasting.

Oct 1987 · Atari ST · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (9 out of 10) (90%)

The game is as addictive as bubble gum and as long lasting.

Oct 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Commodore Force (90 out of 100) (90%)

The excellent Rodland clearly takes inspiration from this classic, and why not? The difficulty level's just about spot-on, and the two-player option's great - co-operate to wipe out the baddies, then double-cross your partner to get the power-ups! Still as spritely as a spring chicken, despite its advanced years.

May 1993 · Commodore 64 · read review

Crash! (90 out of 100) (90%)

Bubble Bobble is so much fun! The graphics are cute, and though it's quite easy to play it's remarkably addictive. Having seen the other versions, I was convinced that the Spectrum game was going to be a letdown - but far from it. Bubble Bobble is excellent, pretty, enjoyable, addictive, simple, exemplary and a strongly-recommended buy.

Oct 1987 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Your Sinclair (90 out of 100) (90%)

[Budget re-release] The small but detailed monochrome graphics make the action easy on the eyes, and in the best tradition of cute games there are a whole load of surprises to discover. Yup, if you haven't guessed by now, this is Megagame material. On your own you'll find it playable enough - team up with another Spec-chum and it's a riot!

Sep 1991 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (9 out of 10) (90%)

Time may not have been kind to its utilitarian looks, but if you can play one level of Bubble Bobble and not feel a glimmer of joy then you are dead inside. Plus, of course, this means we may yet see Rainbow Islands on the VC, and that's something we should all close our eyes and wish really hard for.

Nov 24th, 2007 · Wii · read review

ST Action (88 out of 100) (88%)

So old it's got grey hair sprouting from its insides! Ancient platform game that is still good to give the kids when you fancy a pint.

Mar 1993 · Atari ST · read review

Crash! (88 out of 100) (88%)

[Budget re-release] In short, Bubble Bobble is one of the playable platform games around!

Sep 1991 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Games Machine, The (UK) (88 out of 100) (88%)

Firebird could hardly fail - Bubble Bobble is probably one of the easiest coin-ops to convert to the Spectrum with its definite platform shapes and restricted use of colour, and is ideally suited to the machine's capabilities.

Feb 1988 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Amiga Power (87 out of 100) (87%)

[Budget re-release] Quite simply, if you don't already own this buy it now. A perfect ÂŁ7.99 game - its only weakness is that it's so much better in two player mode than one.

Nov 1991 · Amiga · read review

64'er (13 out of 15) (87%)

Sehr gefallen hat uns bei diesem Spiel die Grafik. Die Saurier und Gegner sind schön gezeichnet und toll animiert. Auch bei einer großen Anzahl von Objekten auf dem Bildschirm wird das Spiel nicht langsamer. Die Musik und Soundeffekte sind hervorragend gelungen und passen voll zur AtmosphĂ€re des Spiels. Daß zwei Spieler gleichzeitig antreten können, um im Team oder gegeneinander zu spielen, soll besonders hervorgehoben werden.

Dec 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Mean Machines (85 out of 100) (85%)

Bubble Bobble was a real hoot in the arcades, and the computer versions were pretty good, too, but there's something about the NES version - it's too hard! The difficulty level is way too high - but there is a handy password option to leap straight to later screens. The overall playability is weakened by this, but not so much as to put you right off. The graphics are very nice, a bit plain in places, but again, they don't exactly follow the coin-op to the letter, and the sound is a jolly tune which gets a bit annoying after a while. Overall, a fun game which takes a bit of practice getting into, but once you've got it sussed, you'll be stuck to your screens for many an hour.

Nov 1990 · NES · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (17 out of 20) (85%)

Bubble Bobble premier du nom pose admirablement les bases d'une franchise qui aurait pu devenir culte si certaines de ses suites ne s'étaient pas égarées. Son gameplay jouissif et sans cesse renouvelé, son univers rose bonbon au level design efficace parvient grùce à cette version Nes à attirer, en plus des garçons, le public féminin qui préfÚre jouer tranquillement à la maison plutÎt que dans les salles enfumées. Bubble Bobble est et restera dans les mémoires comme l'un des meilleurs jeux d'arcade jouables à deux simultanément.

Sep 16th, 2011 · NES · read review

Tilt (17 out of 20) (85%)

Ce grand classique d'arcade de Taito bénéficie d'une réalisation irréprochable sur cette console. De nombreux tableaux et une excellent jouabilité vous garantissent de longues heures de jeu et aucun amateur de plates-formes ne voudrait rater un programme aussi passionnant.

Dec 1990 · NES · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (17 out of 20) (85%)

Bubble Bobble premier du nom pose admirablement les bases d'une franchise qui aurait pu devenir culte si certaines de ses suites ne s'étaient pas égarées. Son gameplay jouissif et sans cesse renouvelé, son univers rose bonbon au level design efficace parvient grùce à cette version Nes à attirer, en plus des garçons, le public féminin qui préfÚre jouer tranquillement à la maison plutÎt que dans les salles enfumées. Bubble Bobble est et restera dans les mémoires comme l'un des meilleurs jeux d'arcade jouables à deux simultanément.

Sep 16th, 2011 · Wii · read review

CU Amiga (84 out of 100) (84%)

As a one player game it proves to be extremely playable, but opens up more as a two-player game. There's a lot to do and some very nasty screens, and it comes with my wholehearted recommendation.

Dec 1991 · Amiga · read review

Video Game Critic, The (B+) (83%)

The game has a Dig Dug vibe that I find appealing. Power-ups spice up the action, including one that wipes out all enemies on the screen. A pleasant musical theme plays throughout the game. Bubble Bobble seems simplistic at first, but there's actually quite a bit of technique involved. Some gamers consider Bubble Bobble to be an NES classic, and they may be right.

Jan 19th, 2003 · NES · read review

Retro Archives (16.5 out of 20) (82%)

Pour un joueur cherchant la version arcade de Bubble Bobble Ă  domicile, avec une plĂ©thore d’options en sus, difficile de bouder cette version FM Towns assurĂ©e par Taito eux-mĂȘmes. Seul le contenu de l’itĂ©ration Master System peut rivaliser, pour tout le reste, c’est pratiquement le Graal.

Jul 15th, 2021 · FM Towns · read review

Retro Archives (16.5 out of 20) (82%)

Comme toujours, le Sharp X68000 nous offre ce qu’on attendait de lui, avec une des meilleures versions de Bubble Bobble tous supports confondus. Vous pouvez foncer.

Jul 15th, 2021 · Sharp X68000 · read review

neXGam (8.1 out of 10) (81%)

Ein wahrer 8-Bit Klassiker, der auch heute noch durch seine liebevolle Optik und ein unverwĂŒstliches Spielprinzip besticht. Und da er zudem mittlerweile ĂŒber die Virtual Console fĂŒr geschlagene 500 Wii Points zu haben ist, dĂŒrfen auch Retrofreunde ohne den originalen 8-Bit Schuhkarton ihren Spaß mit Bub und Bob haben!

2008 · NES · read review

Amstrad Action (81 out of 100) (81%)

A good conversion that retains the addictiveness of the arcade.

Mar 1988 · Amstrad CPC · read review

Info ( ) (80%)

The theme? Primal. Eat your enemy (or anything else in sight) and gain its strength. Rack up points and you are rewarded with a higher level of baddies & goodies to eat. If you've played PacMan Burger Time, or any of a thousand other games and had a good time, you're all primed to enjoy this one too. Bon Appetit!

Nov 1988 · Commodore 64 · read review

Commodore User (8 out of 10) (80%)

It is very simple and immense fun to play. All that was needed was a software company not to cock it up in converting it. Firebird have succeeded in doing that with ease and turned in a game just as playable as its coin op mentor.

Sep 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Power Play (8 out of 10) (80%)

Die Amiga-Adaption des flotten Geschicklichkeits-Spiel ist weitgehend mit der sehr guten Atari ST-Version identisch. Der Sound wurde allerdings noch ein wenig aufgepeppt. Diese Umsetzung ist eines der Topspiele fĂŒr den Amiga. Vor allem zu zweit macht Bubble Bobble einen Heidenspaß: 100 Levels, viele versteckte Extras und die niedliche Grafik sind die StĂ€rken dieses pfiffigen Plattform-Spiels.

May 1988 · Amiga · read review

Video Chums (8 out of 10) (80%)

Bubble Bobble remains one of the best arcade games from the '80s and it holds up beautifully today. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a Bub to go with your Bob and start blowing some bubbles!

Mar 15th, 2016 · PlayStation 4 · read review

GameSpot (8 out of 10) (80%)

Reptilian beasts of myth are supposed to belch vicious flames from their mouths. Yet with Bubble Bobble, Taito somehow made it completely awesome for dragons to spit bubbles instead. A platform action arcade game that was ported to many home systems, the version released on the Nintendo Entertainment System is available on the Wii's Virtual Console service and shows off just how well its hectic, points-hoarding gameplay has aged.

Dec 18th, 2007 · Wii · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (80%)

With Bubble Bobble’s simultaneous 2-player gameplay, 100 stages of increasing difficulty and manic platform gameplay this is certainly one of the better games from the NES console.

Nov 24th, 2007 · Wii · read review

Classic-games.net (8 out of 10) (80%)

Bubble Bobble is a great game that has held up just fine. Aside from requiring two-players to see its conclusion I have few complaints. Fun mechanics together with great level design make this one a great addition to any NES library.

May 24th, 2021 · NES · read review

Just Games Retro ( ) (80%)

Yeah, Bubble Bobble doesn’t get the longest review by any stretch, but I still feel I’ve touched upon everything that makes it so great. It’s a game that I’m sure a lot of our readers have played before, and I imagine those same people will read this review and remember “oh, yeah, that game was GREAT”. If you haven’t played it, I definitely recommend tracking it down and giving it a try; it’s really a textbook example of “simple to learn, tough to master”, and the simplicity means that anybody, even people who don’t much care for video games, can pop it in and get into it, and the fun factor is such that they’ll be just as enthralled with it as hardcore gamers. Bubble Bobble has earned my stamp of approval, and if you fire it up right now, I’ll be it gets yours as well.

Aug 16th, 2017 · NES · read review

Retrogaming History (8 out of 10) (80%)

Bubble Bobble per MSX2 Ăš uno di quei titoli che si giocano all'infinito, anche dopo averlo terminato c'Ăš sempre qualcosa di nuovo da vedere (un livello, una stanza, un'arma, etc...) ed anche quando avrete visto tutto quello che c'Ăš da vedere, continuerete a giocarci per battere il vostro precedente record. Come conversione, poi, Ăš perfettamente riuscita e si lascia giocare con lo stesso entusiasmo di quando l'abbiamo visto per la prima volta. Imperdibile!

Feb 4th, 2010 · MSX · read review

Nintendo AcciĂłn (80 out of 100) (80%)

Divertidos y dicharacheros, Bub y Bob te harĂĄn pasar un montĂłn de ratos divertidos.

1993 · Game Boy

Sinclair User (8 out of 10) (80%)

Nauseatingly cute conversion that is nonetheless horribly addictive. definitely has love- hate potential.

Nov 1987 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Power Play (8 out of 10) (80%)

Die Atari ST-Version ist wohl die optimale Umsetzung des Bubble Bobble-Automaten. Guter Sound, tolle, detaillierte Grafik und alle Extras der Spielhallen-Version haben mich begeistert. Dank der schönen Grafik spielt sich die ST-Version besser als die 8-bit-Versionen, denn Monster und Extras sind viel schneller zu erkennen. Besonders toll finde ich auch, daß 2 Saurier gleichzeitig spielen können. Ob im Teamwork oder gegeneinander, das Spiel zu zweit mach am meisten Spaß.

Jan 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Atari ST User (8 out of 10) (80%)

Bubble Bobble is an addictive and varied all-action arcade game. Its non-violent scenario and unaggressive content should widen the game's appeal to a larger audience, yet it manages to retain all the challenge and excitement that the hardened arcade player craves. Definitely one to buy.

Mar 1988 · Atari ST · read review

Total!! UK Magazine (80 out of 100) (80%)

Still, Bubble Bobble is tremendous fun with two players and even though you can finish it quickly, I'm sure you won't mind getting it out to have a brief bubble-blowing beastie-bash any old time.

Jan 1992 · NES

Retro Archives (16 out of 20) (80%)

Bubble Bobble prĂ©sente, Ă  bien des niveaux, les caractĂ©ristiques du bon petit jeu de plateforme des annĂ©es 80, au principe assimilable en une poignĂ©e de secondes, et dont on pense qu’on aura fait le tour au terme de dix minutes de jeu. Grave erreur! Sous ses dehors mignons et sa jouabilitĂ© simplissime, le logiciel imaginĂ© par Taito dissimule en fait une vraie technicitĂ©, et franchir les cent niveaux du jeu vous demandera de maĂźtriser Ă  la perfection des subtilitĂ©s bien dissimulĂ©es qui peuvent changer votre façon de jouer du tout au tout. Si les joueurs occasionnels seront sans doute heureux de s’y essayer le temps de quelques parties, de prĂ©fĂ©rence Ă  deux, ceux qui mordront au concept pourront littĂ©ralement passer des semaines Ă  dĂ©couvrir les mille et une façons d’aborder un titre mettant bien plus la rĂ©flexion Ă  contribution qu’il n’y parait au premier abord. Essayez et vous comprendrez.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Arcade · read review

Happy Computer (80 out of 100) (80%)

Zugegeben, es gibt Programme die, technisch eindrucksvoller sind, aber es gibt wenige Titel, die sich so toll spielen. FĂŒr mich ist Bubble Bobble der potientielle Nachfolger von Bomb Jack und Boulder Dash. Schade ist nur, daß es fĂŒr einen Spieler allein ganz schön schwer werden kann. Was mir besonders gut gefallen hat, ist die Animation der Saurier. Von mir bekommen Bub und Bob den Titel "Netteste Sprites des Jahres".

Apr 1986 · Commodore 64 · read review

Retro Archives (15.5 out of 20) (78%)

Face Ă  un jeu techniquement pas trĂšs exigeant comme Bubble Bobble, on ne peut s’empĂȘcher de penser que l’Amiga aurait pu proposer une version pratiquement identique au pixel prĂšs Ă  celle de l’arcade – mais on n’était qu’en 1987, et la machine de Commodore Ă©tait encore en rodage. Force est de constater, malgrĂ© tout, que la version proposĂ©e ici est dĂ©jĂ  bluffante pour l’époque et que les diffĂ©rences dans les sensations de jeu restent de l’ordre du dĂ©tail.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Amiga · read review

Retro Archives (15.5 out of 20) (78%)

D’accord, on a perdu quelques couleurs et deux ou trois dĂ©tails, mais il est vraiment difficile, mĂȘme avec la pire mauvaise foi du monde, de trouver de gros dĂ©fauts Ă  ce Bubble Bobble sur NES. La jouabilitĂ©, irrĂ©prochable, reproduit parfaitement les sensations de l’arcade, et l’inclusion d’un systĂšme de mot de passe est un vrai gain. Un trĂšs bon moyen de dĂ©couvrir le jeu.

Oct 31st, 2018 · NES · read review

Retro Archives (15.5 out of 20) (78%)

On attendait de Bubble Bobble sur Atari ST une prestation Ă  la hauteur de celle observĂ©e sur Amiga, et c’est trĂšs prĂ©cisĂ©ment ce qu’on obtient. MĂȘme la musique reste d’une qualitĂ© qui n’a pas Ă  rougir de la comparaison avec celle de la machine de Commodore. Comme le reste est jouable, fluide et fidĂšle Ă  la borne d’arcade, aucune raison de se plaindre.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Atari ST · read review

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (31 out of 40) (78%)

It is very reminiscent of the old games when the emphasis was on good game play and fun. Sometimes it's better to just stick to simplicity rather than just pretty graphics. The Link Option is also a big plus for an already good game. It's well done.

Oct 1994 · Game Gear

Retro Archives (15.5 out of 20) (78%)

On en serait presque venu Ă  oublier que c’était possible en 1989, mais Bubble Bobble s’avĂšre en fait est une trĂšs bonne adaptation d’un jeu d’arcade sur PC. Alors certes, l’étape de configuration est un peu lourde, et on peut se montrer frustrĂ© de voir le titre programmĂ© par Novalogic ne pas encore tirer profit des cartes VGA, n’empĂȘche que ça reste une des meilleures conversions d’arcade qu’on ait pu voir sur la machine d’IBM pendant toutes les annĂ©es 80. Tout de mĂȘme.

Oct 31st, 2018 · DOS · read review

Retro Archives (15 out of 20) (75%)

Bien programmĂ©, un MSX 2 Ă©tait une bonne machine, et ce portage de Bubble Bobble Ă  peu prĂšs inattaquable vient nous le rappeler. On a beau perdre quelques couleurs sur les sprites, le plaisir de jeu n’y perd clairement pas grand chose comparĂ© Ă  la version arcade. Une trĂšs bonne surprise.

Jul 15th, 2021 · MSX · read review

Mag'64 (7.5 out of 10) (75%)

Aus heutiger Sicht wirkt „Bubble Bobble“ vielleicht etwas altbacken und antiquiert. Wer sich dieses Spiel herunterlĂ€dt, weiß jedoch, worauf er sich einlĂ€sst: Und zwar auf einen kurzweiligen Geschicklichkeitstitel, der vor allem zu zweit Freude bereitet und zwischendurch immer wieder fĂŒr eine Runde gut ist. Zudem verfĂŒgt dieser Klassiker ĂŒber einen gewissen „OriginalitĂ€tsbonus“ (es ist eben „Bubble Bobble“), dessen Charme gerade Nostalgiker erliegen werden. Die stören sich auch nicht an den detailarmen HintergrĂŒnden und dem Passwort-System.

Jan 30th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Raze (75 out of 100) (75%)

The screen scrolls smoothly as you move, but that doesn't account for the loss in playability. It's more of a guessing game as you try to figure out what is beyond your view.

Mar 1991 · Game Boy · read review

IGN (7.5 out of 10) (75%)

Fans of the long-running puzzle series Bust-a-Move will no doubt recognize the characters of Bub and Bob – this is the game that first introduced the pair, years ago. And though some of the follow-ups to this original Bubble Bobble were less than stellar, and though some of the most recent of those follow-ups have been extremely less than stellar, there's no denying the lasting value and simple playability of this first ever adventure for the two little dinos. If you've got a boyfriend or girlfriend, invest the 500 Wii Points for a download of Bubble Bobble and ask him or her to play it along you – the two of you will have a blast. And if you don't have any significant other, well, download it even faster. You'll want to have it on hand and ready when the opportunity arises for you to pass that second Wiimote to your potential Player 2.

Jan 8th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Questicle.net (B) (75%)

Alright, yes, it’s obvious the game was made for co-op. Otherwise, Taito wouldn’t have made the good ending available solely for two brave warriors trudging through two-hundred levels of bubble paste and smeared vegetable carcasses. But if this is the case, I’m going to go out on a limb and say they shouldn’t have even added a one-player mode. Then again, in 1988, one couldn’t get better replay value for their money. Two-hundred levels?! Even if one-hundred are just harder repeats, that’s good stuff. Argh, I don’t know. I’m conflicted and tired. The game’s boring, but it’s probably really awesome if I play the way drunken Taito developers want me to. BAM!

Apr 2011 · NES · read review

Raze (74 out of 100) (74%)

The sad thing about this version is that while it follows the layout of the original almost exactly, it just isn't fast enough to be playable in sufficient amounts for hardcore (?) fans. However, once you get used it, it's not that bad, and novices won't even notice the difference.

Mar 1991 · NES · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (8.8 out of 12) (73%)

Weiterhin sind die Levels jetzt mehrere Bildschirme groß, scrollen natĂŒrlich und haben mit den Original-Levels nix mehr zu tun; einzig original ist der gut umgesetzte Sound, Da lohnt sich das Zugreifen auch fĂŒr alte Bubble-Bobble-Fans!

Jun 1991 · Game Boy · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (8.8 out of 12) (73%)

Viele, viele Sonderboni, Extrawaffen und der verflixt clevere, plattformmĂ€ĂŸige Aufbau der Levels sorgen fĂŒr ungemein langen Spielsaß. Das Spiel ist zudem technisch blitzsauber umgesetzt worden und bietet ein paar neue Levels. Bubble Bobble muß man gespielt haben!

Apr 1991 · NES · read review

Amiga Joker (72 out of 100) (72%)

Spielerisch steht Bubble Bobble somit heute noch gut da, wofĂŒr neben dem vorzĂŒglichen Gameplay auch die toll gemachte Steuerung verantwortlich ist. Die abwechslungsreiche Begleitmusik hat ebenfalls wenig von ihrem Glanz eingebĂŒĂŸt, lediglich die Grafik wirkt anno 1993 reichlich blockig. Schön also, daß dieses Spiel nach wie vor erhĂ€ltlich ist, und das sogar zum Budgetpreis von 29 SaurierzĂ€hnen.

Apr 1993 · Amiga · read review

1UP! (71 out of 100) (71%)

Digne reprĂ©sentant du genre "action-puzzle", grosso modo rĂ©flexes et rĂ©flexion, Bubble Bobble est aussi le crĂ©ateur d'un style dans cette catĂ©gorie: son style, que dĂ©finissent des graphismes simples et mignons, des personnages simples et mignons, des musiques simplettes et mignonettes, et des Ă©nigmes simples et vachement dures. Tous ces Ă©lĂ©ments dans une succession de tableaux et voilĂ , vous-y ĂȘtes, c'est le style Bubble Bobble. Ca ne casse pas des briques, mais n'allez pas dire ça aux fans prisonniers de leur bulle, ils vous traiteraient d'imbĂ©cile et d'illettrĂ© du jeu vidĂ©o. Il est vrai que le jeu peut devenir trĂšs prenant par moments, mais d'autres l'ont fait mieux que lui. Sa difficultĂ© en yo-yo saura toutefois sĂ©duire ceux qui aiment se fracturer les nerfs sur des situations vicieuses mais pastel. Celles que compte le jeu demandent du temps pour s'en remettre.

Dec 6th, 2003 · NES · read review

Commodore User (7 out of 10) (70%)

Bubble Bobble is a competent conversion of a highly enjoyable arcade game and, apart from the aforementioned irritants, a very accurate one. An extremely playable game which will appeal to a variety of ages.

Apr 1988 · Amiga · read review

Official Nintendo Magazine (70 out of 100) (70%)

Bubble Bobble was revolutionised for DS but it's the original that still remains the best. The fact is, Bubble Bobble was a bit of an arcade classic back in the day and spawned the likes of Rainbow Islands and the Bust-A-Move games. In the game, you destroy enemies by spitting bubbles at them, trapping them in said bubbles and jumping on them to burst them. And people say games today are violent. Worth a go, but beware, the twee music will eat away at your soul.

Jan 10th, 2008 · Wii · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (70%)

Gameplay is simplistic in design, but nicely balanced, and the graphics are colorfully clean. The music is repetitive, but not a deterrent for gamers looking for a smooth, enjoyable challenge. The game generated numerous sequels and spin-offs, including Rainbow Islands -- The Story Of Bubble Bobble 2 (1987).

1998 · Arcade · read review

Retro Gamer ( ) (70%)

Unlike the versions of the original game, which had static, non-scrolling, full-screen levels, the size of mobile phone screens means scrolling is inevitable. And while you don’t always know where you’re leaping to, this doesn’t particularly distract from the action. Neither does the method of control, which is simple and easy to pick up. For the price, it’s a bargain.

Jul 2005 · J2ME

Pocket Gamer UK (7 out of 10) (70%)

Not all old games are good games, but a select few are so good they seem able to transcend time. Bubble Bobble largely achieves this lofty goal. Give it a go. You won't be disappointed.

Nov 1st, 2006 · J2ME · read review

RetroGame Man (7 out of 10) (70%)

Graphics are charming but nothing fancy with colourful levels and enemies and static black backgrounds. The sound and music is fun and captures the mood of the game but does not go beyond this. Overall, this game is a simple but fun cooperative puzzle-platform game. After 20 or 30 levels, it can become a but repetitive, but is still fun for short bursts.

Sep 9th, 2016 · NES · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (70%)

Bubble Bobble takes only a minute to learn, but many hours to win. It is fun to play for a little while at a time which is perfect for a portable game.

1998 · Game Gear · read review

Amstar (14 out of 20) (70%)

DotĂ© de graphismes de bonne qualitĂ© et prĂ©sentant toujours un intĂ©rĂȘt de jeu puisque vous pouvez progresser grĂące aux mots de passe, il faut noter qu'il est possible de jouer Ă  2 avec Bubble Bobble.

Dec 1990 · NES · read review

Power Play (69 out of 100) (69%)

Grafisch prĂ€sentiert sich das Plattformspiel recht bieder. Außerdem flackern die schnuckligen Sprites stellenweise arg. Trotzdem: wer auf unkomplizierte Ideen mit hohem spielerischem NĂ€hrwert steht, wird mit diesem "Rainbow Islands"-VorlĂ€ufer gut bedient.

Aug 1991 · NES

Video Games (69 out of 100) (69%)

Die NES-Version ist spielerisch recht gut umgesetzt worden. Die Entwickler haben das Scrolling, das bei der GameBoy-Version gewisse Nachteile offenbarte, glĂŒcklicherweise wieder fallengelassen. Gegner und Levels gleichen sehr dem Automaten. Einzig die Extras erscheinen etwas spĂ€rlich. Schon bei mehr als 3-4 Blasen fĂ€ngt die Grafik an zu flackern, und die Bewegungen der Gegner sind teilweise ruckelig. Insgesamt ĂŒberwiegt aber die gute Spielbarkeit.

Mar 1991 · NES · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (8.2 out of 12) (68%)

Bubble Bobble ist ein sehr unterhaltsames Spielchen, denn es bietet trotz (oder gerade wegen?) seiner simplen (aber originellen) Idee viel Abwechslung. Gerade die vielen kleinen Feinheiten des Games machen das Spielen wirklich zur Lust - und das vor allem Dingen beim Spielhallenoriginal. Leider Gottes hat das Game nĂ€mlich bei der Umsetzung einiges abspecken mĂŒssen. Am besten hat mir von den 8-Bit-Versionen die C64-Fassung gefallen, denn hier stimmt die Grafik und der Sound: beides kommt der Vorlage sehr nahe. Leider ist die Animation etwas zu langsam geraten, denn die Aktionen sind teilweise so lahm, daß der Spaß etwas verloren geht.

Oct 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Video Games (68 out of 100) (68%)

Eine Handvoll Extras und die taktischen Anforderungen der einzelnen Levels sorgen bei dieser Bubble-Bobble-Version fĂŒr ein abwechlungsreiches SpielvergnĂŒgen. Sehr gut gelungen ist das Scrolling. Trotzdem liegt hier das Hauptproblem des Moduls: Man sieht immer nur einen Teil des Gesamtbildschirms. Öfters gerĂ€t man in die unangenehme Situation, sich in die Tiefen stĂŒrzen zu mĂŒssen, ohne zu wissen, ob unten ein Gegner lauert. Nur die Gunst des Drachenschutzengels oder Auswendiglernen entscheiden dann ĂŒber den Verlust eines Bildschirmlebens. Wegen dieses Mankos ist das Modul “nur“ solide Mittelklasse.

Jun 1991 · Game Boy · read review

Power Play (67 out of 100) (67%)

Die Spielbarkeit der neuen Version ist tadellos und leidet nicht allzu sehr unter der Schwarzweißgrafik. Wenn Euch ein spritziges Plattformspiel noch in Eurer Game-Boy-Sammlung gefehlt hat, ist das unverwĂŒstliche Bubble Bobble durchaus geeignet, diese LĂŒcke zu fĂŒllen.

Mar 1991 · Game Boy

Retro Spirit, The (4 out of 6) (67%)

Bubble Bobble er likevel mer enn summen av delene det er bygd opp av. Det representerte en enorm bÞlge over hele verden da det fÞrst dukket opp og deler arkade-tronen med de store, Bomberman og Arkanoid, som en av de mest betydningsfulle og bemerkningsverdige spillene noensinne. Det er kanskje pÄ tide Ä bÞrste stÞv av den gamle joysticken for Ä redde to bittesmÄ drager som desperat trenger din hjelp? Bobl i vei!

May 17th, 2008 · DOS · read review

Retro Archives (12.5 out of 20) (62%)

S’il fallait rĂ©sumer Bubble Bobble sur Commodore 64 en une ligne, ce serait la suivante: « Tout ce qu’aurait dĂ» ĂȘtre la version CPC ». Non seulement rien n’a Ă©tĂ© sacrifiĂ© – ni la musique, ni le mode deux joueurs – mais en plus la rĂ©alisation est trĂšs correcte, le contenu intact et la jouabilitĂ© rĂ©ussie. Autant dire qu’on tient lĂ  un jeu qui a dĂ» ravir plus de monde du cĂŽtĂ© de Commodore que de celui d’Amstrad.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Commodore 64 · read review

Play Time (61 out of 100) (61%)

Die sind allerdings nicht gerade mit schöner Grafik gesegnet, sondern eher schlicht in mageren Pixeln gehalten und reizen die Möglichkeiten des NES bei weitem nicht aus. Auch flackern die Sprites - ebenso wie beim Sega Master System - erheblich, wenn eine grĂ¶ĂŸere Anzahl von Blasen und Gegnern auf dem Screen ist. Die Musik ist sicherlich ebenfalls keine große Meisterleistung. Die vorhandene Paßwortfunktion erlaubt es, die schon geschafften Level zu ĂŒberspringen. Die Motivation ist, vor allem im Zweispielermodus sehr hoch, da das gegenseitige Abluchsen von BonusgegenstĂ€nden, die im Spiel reichlich vorhanden sind, enormen Spaß macht. Ein, trotz der veralteten Grafik, gutes Game, das immer wieder spielenswert ist.

Feb 1992 · NES

Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) (3 out of 5) (60%)

Bubble Bobble Àr alltid kul. Det var det redan för flera Är sedan nÀr vi först spelade det pÄ Amigan. Men den hÀr versionen lÀmnar lite övrigt att önska. Det faktum att du inte kan se hela banan pÄ skÀrmen samtidigt gör att du inte alltid vet vad som komma skall och var fienderna befinner sig.

Feb 1992 · Game Boy

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (7.2 out of 12) (60%)

Beim Spectrum stimmt die Geschwindigkeit, der Rest scheint mir allerdings stark zusammengeschustert zu sein. Die Grafik ist lieblos, die Animation zuweilen recht "sprunghaft" und der Sound nur beim 128k Specci ertrÀglich.

Oct 1987 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Retro Archives (12 out of 20) (60%)

ProgrammĂ© correctement, le ZX Spectrum est capable de proposer des adaptations ludiques trĂšs honnĂȘtes, et Bubble Bobble en est un bon exemple. En dĂ©pit des limitations techniques inhĂ©rentes Ă  la machine de Sinclair, on pourra difficilement trouver un reproche sĂ©rieux Ă  formuler Ă  l’encontre de cette version, qui prĂ©serve tout ce qui fait la force du jeu.

Oct 31st, 2018 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Player One (60 out of 100) (60%)

En clair, Ă  moins d'ĂȘtre un inconditionnel du jeu de cafĂ© ou d'avoir un petit cousin vraiment jeune, vous n'ĂȘtes pas obligĂ© d'acheter Bubble Bobble. Il y a bien trop d'autres bons jeux sur Nintendo.

Nov 1990 · NES

Game Hoard, The (4 out of 7) (57%)

The cute and colorful adventure of Bub and Bob is, for the most part, a breezy and somewhat plain platforming adventure with a bunch of interesting items to tinker with and level layouts that do their job well enough. The later stages do ask a lot of the players though as they start asking for tight puzzle solving and perfect movement, but for the most part, the enemy-bubbling action is brisk thanks to the small levels, that size meaning they can present a quirky platform arrangement or power-up to play with as brief but interesting focuses. Bubble Bobble is charmingly saccharine and balances a simple premise with a wide variety of items to keep your interest, but it’s certainly more of a pastime than something to invest a heavy amount of time into, especially because it wants you to do far too much to see the game’s underwhelming true ending.

Nov 6th, 2020 · Arcade · read review

Retro Archives (11 out of 20) (55%)

Faire tenir chaque niveau de Bubble Bobble sur l’écran d’une console portable, c’est un peu comme faire rentrer un Ă©lĂ©phant dans une niche Ă  chien: un sacrĂ© dĂ©fi. MĂȘme si cette version Game Gear l’a finalement plutĂŽt bien relevĂ© – en ayant le bon goĂ»t, au passage, de ne pas galvauder le mode deux joueurs – il faut reconnaĂźtre qu’on reste assez loin de l’expĂ©rience originale. Une curiositĂ©, malgrĂ© tout.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Game Gear · read review

Your Amiga (54 out of 100) (54%)

The idea for Bubble Bobble is suitably wacky, but then what do you expect from Taito? The two characters Bub and Bob are a hit in the arcades and even though this version hardly uses the Amiga's capabilities to the full there are some nice features that are not on the Atari ST version.

Aug 1988 · Amiga · read review

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) (510 out of 1000) (51%)

Also, the levels have been completely redesigned to go along with this new display format, and to top it all it doesn't even feel much like the original. Fans of the original may well be pleased (the original music has survived intact), but for everyone else, it's a bit of a duffer really.

Sep 1991 · Game Boy · read review

Retro Archives (10 out of 20) (50%)

L’Apple II fait ce qu’il peut, mais ce n’est pas toujours suffisant. Sans ĂȘtre scandaleux Ă  aucun niveau, le portage de Bubble Bobble sur cette machine doit tout simplement composer avec des limitations techniques qui rend l’expĂ©rience plus fastidieuse que sur la plupart des autres systĂšmes. On Ă©tait sans doute tout Ă  fait capable de s’amuser sur cette version Ă  la fin des annĂ©es 80. Aujourd’hui, en revanche


Oct 31st, 2018 · Apple II · read review

Popular Computing Weekly (10 out of 20) (50%)

Bubble Bobble is mildly entertaining in a monotonous kind of way. It is fine for the younger games player but otherwise it lacks the kind of polish which would convince you it was really running on an Atari ST.

Dec 31st, 1987 · Atari ST · read review

Retro Archives (10 out of 20) (50%)

Pour ce qui est des qualitĂ©s de ce Bubble Bobble sur Amstrad CPC, on retiendra le fait qu’il conserve l’essentiel du contenu de la version arcade, Ă  commencer par l’indispensable mode deux joueurs, et que le titre reste relativement jouable. Au rang des dĂ©fauts, on pourra citer tout le reste, Ă  commencer par une rĂ©alisation sans Ă©clat et une musique purement et simplement abandonnĂ©e dans le processus. Reste un jeu fonctionnel, mais pas grand chose de plus.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Amstrad CPC · read review

Retro Archives (9.5 out of 20) (48%)

Patatras! Un Ă©cran trop petit, un mode deux joueurs qui disparait, et c’est tout le concept de Bubble Bobble qui s’effondre. DĂ©sormais contraint de se dĂ©placer Ă  l’aveuglette en Ă©vitant des ennemis sans savoir oĂč ils se trouvent, le joueur solitaire s’agace, s’ennuie, et finit assez rapidement par ranger le jeu dans sa boĂźte sans plus nourrir l’ambition de l’en sortir un jour. Une vraie sortie de route pour la Game Boy.

Oct 31st, 2018 · Game Boy · read review

GameCola.net (3.8 out of 10) (38%)

I don’t know. But, Bubble Bobble is a pretty dumb game. Sorry, guys.

Dec 2008 · NES · read review

Australian Commodore and Amiga Review N/A

Graphics and music in Bubble Bobble are very much in the classic arcade style of Mr Do, in fact the nasties look a bit like escapees from the superb game to which I was introduced back in 1985 and which I'm still playing a lot. (...) I'll be alternating it now with Bubble Bobble however as I can see more potential fun in this new one. Do yourself a favour and get it soon but be warned, it's seriously addictive!

Nov 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Australian Commodore and Amiga Review N/A

I feel that the Amiga version plays better and smoother than the C-64 version, the graphics and sound are better as you'd expect. I can't define it exactly but the Amiga version just "feels" better although I'm playing it the hard way now. My C-64 library includes a version with infinite lives' you see... There's a lot more which you can only learn by playing the game and I recommend that you go out and buy it straightaway. You won't regret it.

Aug 1988 · Amiga · read review

Crash! N/A

A deceptively simple game that proves very addictive and lots of fun to play. A high cuteness factor combined with a neat and bouncy tune that would fit with a children's TV show makes Bubble Bobble very compelling. Invest a few coins as soon as you can . . .

Apr 1987 · Arcade · read review

Player Reviews

One of my favorite games and a truly excellent aracde conversion.

The Good
If you liked Bubble Bobble you should probably check out it's remake, as it features even better graphics and sound.

This is one great game! I really love this one. I used to play it for hours and hours on my trust ole XT, and I remember actually getting to level 97 once (you try it). The graphics are great (considering), the music is great (considering), the controls are just perfect and the game is sheer bliss.

The Bad
It's programmed for 8088s and getting it to run on new machines can be a bitch. Also, it's really really hard (the XT version is, anyway).

The Bottom Line
A really cool arcade game you should probably play.

by Tomer Gabel (4634) on Jan 25th, 2000 · DOS

One of my fav's!

The Good
Defiantly the game play and its originality is what has me coming back for more! I can’t seem to get bored of this one. Lots of great levels (100 of them to be exact
and a few bonus ones), enemies and bizarre power ups help to make this game a little different each time you play it.

The frustration level of this game is minimum. Some levels are a breeze while others will take a few men or continues to get through. For the most part it’s a good challenge trying to tackle all 100 levels.

The game play and graphics are certainly not as smooth as the arcade original, and the sound track, though good, can drive a man insane after 100 levels.

I personally think Taito did a great job with this one, keeping it simple is what keeps it fun.

The Bad
I found the graphics would start to flicker when more then 7 or 8 items were on the screen at once. This is very annoying at first, but you stop noticing it after a while.

The song is very catchy and well done, but it becomes a little much after about 20 levels. Especially considering you have 80 more to go.

And it would be nice if a second player could jump in at any time. Like in the arcade version. Unfortunately sacrificing yourself and then continuing with 2 players is your only option.

The Bottom Line
This one's a lot of fun. Two player or One. If you come across this cart, its worth the buy.

by OverRide (13) on May 9th, 2004 · NES

My favourite game of all time!

The Good
In my very early youth there were few games that actually captured my imagination. Sure gaming was good but there was no one game that really stood out. Except of course Bubble Bobble. The idea is simple a single screen level with enemies on it. You have to cover them in a Bubble and then pop them to beat them. Add 100 normal levels plus 100 @ levels and about 20 secret levels and the most memorable end of game boss of all time and you have an instant classic. Some of the levels had themes. Who could forget the dreaded level 57. Where you had to go up the side hoping the monster would not shoot you. Or the key in level 99 where you go through the secret door to the second half of the game and if you finished the level you got the fake ending. Grumple Gromit the best end of game boss in the history of the known universe. The lightning bubbles and that music. Wow I love it too much!!

The Bad
Erm!? They never made a sequal

The Bottom Line
Play a dragon who captures enemies in bubbles. BEST GAME EVER NUFF SAID!

by Matthew Bailey (1269) on Mar 29th, 2000 · DOS

Burstin' lotsa bubbles and lookin' damn good doin' it!

The Good
Bubble Bobble...I LOVE this game to absolute pieces. I first encountered this back when the arcade game had come out, and then later on when it hit the shelves, I received this for Christmas one year for my (then) shiny new 286 PC.

I fell even more in love with the game when I got it at home.

In a cute little intro, you see your main characters; two little dinosaurs named Bub and Bob (or if you play the Japanese version, Bubby and Bobby), as they are about to take a fascinating journey through a world filled with monsters. Their weapons? Bubbles. Yes, that's right...these pudgy little dinos spit bubbles at their enemies. But they're not any ordinary bubbles! These bubbles can encase their enemies, rendering them helpless. Once an enemy is trapped, they can pop the bubble, sending their hapless foes flying and bringing forth a TON of treasures, including lots and lots of food, diamonds for tons of points, and Power-Ups, including Sneakers (faster running), Candies to enhance your bubbles, and the almighty Parasol to send you flying past a few levels! Even though the game may seem simple, just play it for five minutes. After five minutes, you'll end up playing for five more minutes. Then ten. Then twenty. Then before you know it, you'll have been playing for hours, just wanting to burst more and more baddies. It's addictive as hell, and that just makes it all the more fun!

Now, as this is an arcade port, how did everything port over to the PC? Surprisingly well, actually! The graphics look great even with less colors (great compensation was used to get the graphics to look accurate in EGA), and the sounds and music are very close to the arcade. The music deserves a little special mention, as it was composed by Taito's in-house band, Zuntata. It's very cute and goes perfectly with the action of the game! Plus, the song is so catchy that it'll be with you for years on end, playing in your mind when you least expect it.

The Bad
It's Bubble Bobble, dammit! You do not question Bubble Bobble! ^_^

The Bottom Line
Bubble Bobble, even now, is still so damn playable and fun that I'd gladly tell anyone to grab it if they can find it. Plus, Taito had also created a special compilation pack of the original Bubble Bobble and its sequel, Rainbow Islands, for Windows9x/NT and the PSX, meaning that there's just no excuse to miss out on Bubble Bobble now!

by Satoshi Kunsai (2076) on Jun 16th, 2002 · DOS

Help two little dinosaurs get their ladies back

The Good
In Bubble Bobble, you play one of two dinosaurs trying to get their girlfriends back. In order to do this, you must get through 100 rounds by getting rid of enemies by trapping them in bubbles, and then popping them. In the last round, you are faced with one of the bigger versions of an enemy, and it is so big that bubbles don’t even work, so you have to use something else instead. When enemies get knocked out, they turn into fruit, which you can get for points. Some enemies defend themselves by throwing weapons such as boulders, hammers, or lasers at you. If you waste too much time trying to accomplish your tasks, the words “Hurry Up” will scroll across the screen, giving you a warning that a ghost will appear and try to eat you. You can avoid being eaten by usually going off the bottom of the screen to get to the top.

During the game, as well as giving off bubbles, other bubbles appear from the bottom of the screen, which may help kill enemies. When you pop a water bubble, the water from the bubble flows across every platform in the round, as long as there are no gaps in the platforms. Bubbles with thunderbolts can be popped and this will cause the bolts to go left or right, depending on the direction you were facing when you popped the bubble, and strike everything in its path. Popping bubbles with flames inside them causes these flames to drop down and start a fire on the nearest platform.

Six colored bubbles will appear from the top or bottom of the screen, and will spell out EXTEND. If you collect all six bubbles, you get an extra life. Besides fruit, you can get other items that will regularly appear. These items serve different purposes. For example, getting the cross floods the round and drowns enemies, and getting a flashing crown makes enemies turn blue and stop what theyÂ’re doing, allowing you to eat them. A door will appear every 20 rounds if you do not lose a life. Entering that door will lead to a secret round rather than the normal one, and this room is filled with diamonds or fruits. Each secret round has a message that tells you how to play the game.

There are two endings to this game: one good, one bad. For those of you who have already played Bubble Bobble, but havenÂ’t been able to read any one of them, one of the messages say that it always helps to take a friend along with you, meaning that the game is best played with someone else. If you choose to ignore this advice, you may receive the bad ending.

I believe that this game is addictive because most gamers will more often than not lose all their lives before they reach Round 100, or beat the game and then get to see the bad ending. They will then try to beat the game again, but only to see the good ending.

The Bad
When I played the MS-DOS version of Bubble Bobble, the game behaved like a dinosaur, making it impossible to play the game. If youÂ’re experiencing problems like this, but havenÂ’t got a 486 or this 1996 remake, then I suggest that you download MAME plus a copy of Bubble Bobble floating around many arcade ROM sites. The arcade version is twice as good.

The Bottom Line
The sort of game that will keep you addicted for several hours. Followed by two other great games that were only in arcades, Bubble Memories and Bubble Symphony, though Bubble Memories is a complete rehash of Bubble Bobble with updated graphics and sound. MAME can emulate both these games. ***Ă‚Âœ

by Katakis | ă‚«ă‚żă‚­ă‚č (43269) on Feb 16th, 2003 · DOS

Is a game with cute dragons really that cool? Oh yes it is

The Good
This game has always been a favorite of mine, for many years. I like how the game is easy, but gets tougher throughout the levels, I like how the controls are simple and not slippery, and the game is just alot of fun

The Bad
After a while Bubble Bobble does get a little boring, but if your really into this type of a puzzle game, then this game is worth your while. This game is still a classic and you cannot take that status away from this game.

The Bottom Line
You play as a dragon, and you shoot bubbles at your enemies and then you knock the bubbles against walls or run into them, and you collect food, and other objects for points. The game has many levels and is just alot of fun, and entertaining.

by AaronGamer (43) on Mar 13th, 2009 · NES

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