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DescriptionBubble 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.
The NES version has a few extra stages bringing the total number of stages to 112. The Sharp X68000 version contains a hidden minigame called Sybubblun. It contains a set of 20 original difficult levels with the game being reskinned with a Syvalion theme.
- "泡泡龍" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
- "Arcade Archives: Bubble Bobble" -- PS4 title
- "バブルボブル" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Commodore 64||Oct, 1987||958 out of 1000||96|
|Atari ST User||Atari ST||May, 1992||91 out of 100||91|
|Crash!||ZX Spectrum||Oct, 1987||90 out of 100||90|
|All Game Guide||NES||2007||90|
|Crash!||ZX Spectrum||Sep, 1991||88 out of 100||88|
|neXGam||NES||2008||8.1 out of 10||81|
|Just Games Retro||NES||Aug 16, 2017||80|
|Retro Archives||Atari ST||Oct 31, 2018||15.5 out of 20||78|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Game Boy||Jun, 1991||8.8 out of 12||73|
|Retro Gamer||J2ME||Jul, 2005||70|
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1001 Video GamesThe Arcade version of Bubble Bobble appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
BBC Micro versionA BBC version was independantly coded by Peter Gillet with graphics by Martin Kelsey. Modeled after playing the C64 conversion for hours it was demonstrated to Firebird which rejected it. It has since surfaced on the internet.
Cancelled mobile portSometime 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.
EndingsIf 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.
ReferencesThough 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.
- 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
- 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)
Related Web Sites
- AtariMania (Firebird, UK, Atari ST) (For Atari ST: game entry database; downloadable release; game packaging; advertisement; manuals; magazine reviews; additional material.)
- AtariMania (Taito, USA, Atari ST) (For Atari ST: game entry database; downloadable release; game packaging; advertisement; manuals; magazine reviews; additional material.)
- AtariMania (The Hit Squad, UK, Atari ST) (For Atari ST: game entry database; downloadable release; game packaging; advertisement; manuals; magazine reviews; additional material.)
- Bubble Bobble @ Bubble Bobble HQ (Describes the game (not limited to one platform). Offers related downloads.)
- CPC-Power (in French) (For Amstrad CPC: game database entry; game packaging; manual digitalizations; goodies; advertisement; magazine reviews; downloadable releases; additional material.)
- CPCRrulez (in French) (For Amstrad CPC: game database entry; advertisement; game packaging; downloadable releases; additional material.)
- DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS (Compatibility information page about the original game and its DOSBox versions. )
- Hall of Light (For Amiga: game database entry; digitalised manuals; game packaging; screenshots; additional material.)
- Lemon 64 (For Commodore 64: game entry database; advertisement; magazine reviews; music; documentation; cover art; additional material.)
- MSX Generation (For MSX: game database entry; game packaging; manuals; additional material.)
- The Arcade Flyer Archive (for Arcade: digital repository for advertisement flyers)
- The Bub and Bob Page (Site about Bubble Bobble and related games such as Bust-a-Move/Puzzle Bobble and New Zealand Story.)
- The International Arcade Museum (for Arcade: extensive information about the arcade game machine.)
- The Tipshop (For ZX Spectrum: a central archive for all Spectrum and SAM games hints, tips, cheats, maps, hacks and pokes.)
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Encyclopaedic entry for the combined platforms of the game.)
- World of Spectrum (For ZX Spectrum: downloadable releases; additional material including – cassette inlay, advertisement, instructions; remakes links; player reviews; magazine references; magazine adverts.)
- ZX-Art - online archive of pixel art and 8-bit music (For ZX Spectrum: music, credits, pixel art. artist's graphics artwork.)
Arcade Credits (15 people)
8 developers, 7 thanks
Fukio Mitsuji (MTJ/Mitsuji)Character:
Fukio Mitsuji (MTJ/Mitsuji)Software Programmers:
Ichiro Fujisue (ICH/Fujisue), NSO/NishiyoriSound Creator:
Tadashi Kimijima (KIM/Kimijima)Instruction:
Naoko Yoshida (YSH/Yoshida)Hardware:
Yojiro Suekado (TOP/Suekado), HED/Ueno, RYO/Yuki, SKE/Nakamura, K. Sanbe (SAN/Sanbe), Kazuo Nakagawa (PAN/Nakagawa), Yoshio Imamura (OTO/Imamura)Produced by: