The record for arcade translations on NES is pretty spotty. Some, like Gyruss, are faithful to the arcade version, and a lot of fun to play. Others, like Xenophobe, don't hold a candle to the arcade original. Fortunately, Taito's Bubble Bobble falls squarely in the former category. It may not bring anything new to the table, but it retains the arcade version's simple, addictive gameplay and its cheerful aesthetic.
Bubble Bobble is a one- or two-player cooperative puzzle platformer. It stars Bub & Bob, two cute, buck-toothed little dinosaurs on a quest to rescue their respective girlfriends from an army of cutesy characters in a game spanning over 100 levels. Their only means of attack is a flip-top head that squirts out enemy-trapping bubbles. Once an enemy is immobilized, Bub or Bob can dispatch it by popping the bubble, turning it into a piece of fruit (or sushi or candy or a necklace or any number of objects) that can be eaten for extra points. Once the room is cleared of baddies, Bub & Bob automatically descend to the next room in the game.
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Bubble Bobble is a whole lot of fun, and just as much game as you want it to be, whether that's a marathon run through hundreds of levels, or just a few minutes of classic arcade action.
Thanks for reading my review! Up next is another entry in the Bubble Bobble canon: Bust-A-Move.