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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the Arcade release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.7
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Retro Archives (Oct 31, 2018)
Bubble Bobble présente, à bien des niveaux, les caractéristiques du bon petit jeu de plateforme des années 80, au principe assimilable en une poignée 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 jouabilité simplissime, le logiciel imaginé par Taito dissimule en fait une vraie technicité, et franchir les cent niveaux du jeu vous demandera de maîtriser à la perfection des subtilités bien dissimulées 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 préférence à deux, ceux qui mordront au concept pourront littéralement passer des semaines à découvrir les mille et une façons d’aborder un titre mettant bien plus la réflexion à contribution qu’il n’y parait au premier abord. Essayez et vous comprendrez.
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).
The Game Hoard (Nov 06, 2020)
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.
Crash! (Apr, 1987)
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 . . .

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