Review by D'Hoost
"One of the few NES games that was truly fun"
Bubble bobble . . . ah, the memories of the hours I used to spend on this game. It's a very simple, very easy, and very addictive game. It's one of the few NES games that will receive positive remarks from me. Partially because I owned it when it first came out, and partially because I can still play it and like it.
This game is really simple- you, and possibly a friend, are 2 dinosaur like creatures who can shoot bubbles from their mouths. You use this magical bubble shooting ability to capture monsters. As the level begins, you float down in a bubble, and the enemies fade into focus. You then have to shoot bubbles at the enemy. If you hit them, they become suspended in a bubble until you poke them. Once you poke the bubble, the enemy vaporizes and a little piece of food, similar to pac - man, appears in it's stead. Once you have popped every enemy, the level ends, and you're picked up in another bubble to be brought to the next section.
Each level looks a lot like pac - man. It's a maze of walls and multiple floors (y'know, the kind you can go through from below but not from above?). Also, like pac - man, if you fall through the bottom of the screen (there's a big hole), you float down from above, as if it's a never ending cycle.
There are a total of 99 levels from what I've seen (I never got above 85), and each level gets progressively more difficult. Sometimes, the enemies increase their numbers. Sometimes, they get smarter. One of the harder things is that the maps become more complex. Some of them require you to shoot yourself with a bubble to float out of a gap, only to find yourself back down there moments later. A nice challenge that only takes a little perseverance to withstand.
I know, 99 levels sounds like a lot, but they DO have passwords, thank goodness! Of course, if you have time to do all 99 levels in one sitting, more power to you, but the gamers were nice enough to think of the rest of us.
Graphics were pretty good for it's time. I say this in every review- it's the NES, what are you expecting?
Now, the thing that I loved the most was the music. I think this was the only game I ever played on the NES that had a catchy tune. I still find myself randomly humming it for no reason whatsoever. It truly sticks in your mind.
Great replay, because like most of these types of games, because it doesn't happen exactly the same way twice, you always have fun.
Overall, I definitely recommend this game for a lover of older games. You won't regret it!
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 02/24/04
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