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Bubble Bobble: One or two players attempt to save their friends in this re-release of the 1987 classic puzzle/action game. Players blow bubbles to trap enemies. When they pop the bubbles, fruit comes out and the players compete for the points. If they don't pop the bubbles in time, the enemies escape and become faster.

Rainbow Islands: One or two players. Rainbow Islands is the sequel to Bubble Bobble. Instead of bubbles, you create rainbows. The highly versatile rainbow can be used as bridges, as platforms, or as a weapon. You can shoot a rainbow at an enemy, you can trap it inside, or you can drop a rainbow on an enemy from above.


Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands DOS Bubble Bobble: Monsters turn red and speed up if you take too long.
Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands Windows Rainbow islands has an in-game help option accessed via the menu bar, it opens in a new window<br>UK Xplosiv release
Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands DOS Bubble Bobble: Flower power! Collect all blossoms to earn major bonus.
Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands DOS Bubble Bobble: Catching baddies in teamwork.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Bubble Bobble/Rainbow Islands" -- Xplosiv title

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User Reviews

Two of Taito’s classic hits in one box DOS Katakis | カタキス (40853)
A perfect remake. DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)

Critic Reviews

NowGamer PlayStation Sep 01, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games SEGA Saturn Aug, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Video Games PlayStation Aug, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Oct, 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Xtreme DOS Oct, 1996 76 out of 100 76
Defunct Games SEGA Saturn Jul 15, 2006 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1996 60 out of 100 60
High Score DOS Dec, 1996 3 out of 5 60
GameSpot DOS Oct 10, 1996 4.4 out of 10 44
PC Games (Germany) DOS Oct, 1996 30 out of 100 30


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Secret levels

On the PC, neither Bubble Bobble nor Rainbow Islands contain the secret levels found in the arcade versions.

Treasure rooms

In levels 20, 30 and 40, you will get an item that transports you to one of three treasure rooms -- if neither of the two players lost a life up to then. Reaching the first chamber is easy with some experience, no. 2 is a lot harder, and the final one is virtually impossible to get to. If you're one hell of a player and reach level 50 without life loss, a secret door transports you straight to level 70.

Each treasure room features a message written in code. The first room text is "IF YOU WANT TO BECOME THE OLD FIGURE, USE THE POWER OF YOUR FRIENDSHIP, AND FIGHT WITH ME!", which means that you should fight the end boss with two players.
Room 2 reads "I ENCLOSED THESE MAGICAL MEDICINE HERE, BECAUSE THOSE ARE MY WORST FEARS" and hints to the way the end boss can be beat.
The last message is "IF YOU WANT TO GET BACK YOUR LOVE OF TRUTH, YOU MUST HELP EACH OTHER UNTIL THE LAST", which most likely again refers to using two players.

Related Web Sites

  • The Bub and Bob Page (Site containing information about Bubble Bobble and related games, such as the Bust-a-Move/Puzzle Bobble series.)
Contributed to by Roedie (5250), Terok Nor (27576) and bubandbob (20)