Bubble Bobble, known in Japan as バブルボブル [Baburu Boburu], "Bubble Bobble", is a single-screen action game developed and published by Taito, originally in the arcade in 1986, and then ported to over a dozen platforms.
I first saw Bubble Bobble in an NES strategy guide, and, from a screenshot I assumed the end boss was on level 50. Only later, after playing the game with the daughter of one of my mother's clients, did I realize that the end boss was on level 100, and it was his hit points that I was reading which replace the level in the display.
I have beaten the NES port and received the bad ending (one-player mode).
- Overall: 3/10
- Best Version: ?
- The dinosaur kids, Bub and Bob, are both cute characters for the game, and many of the monsters are also adorable enemies.
- The main music theme is quite hummable.
- Several of the levels have a creative layout that not only look cool, but take advantage of the game engine.
- The NES and Game Boy manuals are quite comprehensive.
- The sound gets pretty annoying pretty quickly.
- For a game that is so easy, the end boss is especially difficult.
- The UK computer manuals are awful.
- The game is highly repetitive. After only a few minutes, you've seen pretty much everything the game has to offer. It would be better paced at about 30 levels.
The North American Romstar marquee is a mess. Bub and Bob are quite malformed and, although the typeface is interesting, the extremely busy background and red-on-black makes it hard to read.
- Bubble Bobble - NES - USA - Manual.pdf
North American NES manual.
- youtube.com/watch?v=BuXOSBb4hQw - Arcade longplay.
- mobygames.com/game/bubble-bobble - MobyGames.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_Bobble - Wikipedia.
- thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/index.php?title=Bubble_Bobble - NES Hacker Database.