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Impulse Gamer (Oct, 2009)
In conclusion, Bubble Bobble Neo brings the franchise into the modern world of gaming with classic arcade gaming, albeit frustrating at times, colourful graphics, great music and a fun time to be had by all. With the ability to play with up to 4-friends, this is definitely a great journey down memory lane. However it would have been nice to have online play but alas this was not be but it's still a fun and addictive game as it was 23 years ago.
IGN (Sep 17, 2009)
Bubble Bobble is a classic arcade game and it remains fun today. The updated visuals aren't so hot, but they don't get in the way of one of the most fun co-op experiences around. Increasing the number of players to four, adding 100 new levels, and introducing a versus mode really makes for a nice retro package. Now we just need Puzzle Bobble on XBLA...
A nice feature in Neo! is the addition of extra levels as DLC, but each DLC package has to be paid for individually. The current running price of these packages is 240 Microsoft points for each ($3.00 / £2.04), but that's in addition to the 800 Microsoft points ($10.00 / £6.80) the game costs, as well. Most gamers will probably be satisfied with the default game content, though, so only the aforementioned hardcore Bobbleheads will likely want to pick up the extra maps. Some games simply last the test of time, and twenty years later, Bubble Bobble is still a great, fun way to spend time - alone, or with friends.
Gaming Age (Sep 28, 2009)
While it's hard to say that Bubble Bobble in any form has any sort of competitive advantage in this day and age, there's a certain something that makes it wildly addictive. Is it the cute visuals? The high difficulty around a simple concept? Whatever it is, Bubble Bobble Neo! delivers it in spades in one of the better arcade updates on the market today.
NZGamer (Oct 02, 2009)
It is, however, still the same game at its core that it ever was. If you're looking for updated gameplay, you'll find nothing here to satisfy you. It's still very hard (the modus operandi of arcade games in the 80s) and little gameplay niggles (like the oddly backwards-feeling button layout or enemies getting trapped places you can't get at) keep twitching at you as you play. Fortunately, like all XBLA games, there's a demo - if you're at all interested, check it out. If the difficulty doesn't turn you off and you're happy with the controls, this is well worth 800 points.
GameSpot (Sep 23, 2009)
Bubble Bobble Neo is a faithful re-creation of the arcade classic, bringing the joys of bubble popping to a modern audience. The controls are not always perfect, but the action is still enjoyable, and you usually have only yourself to blame when you die. The biggest disappointment is the lack of online multiplayer, which is a very unfortunate omission. But as long as you can find a few friends to play with, Bubble Bobble has aged well and provides just as much fun in 2009 as it did way back in 1986.
Console Monster (Sep 28, 2009)
In the twenty three years since the original release, Bubble Bobble has aged well. It’s still a fun game to play, requiring persistence and a bit of lateral thinking in places if the player has any hope of making it to the final boss. This remix hasn’t quite got things right though, and whilst it's largely faithful to the arcade classic, there just something niggling in the back of your mind that you can't quite put your finger on. There's fun to be had in the update, and if nothing else, you'll be whistling that tune for a couple of weeks.