Bubble Bobble History
Bubble Bobble is considered by many gamers as one of the most playable games ever. Upon its release the game become an overnight classic. Many of the techniques and strategies that can be used within the game were unheard of during the time of its release.
The History of Bubble Bobble
The game was developed by Taito and published by Taito and Romstar. (for the U.S) Designed by Fukio Mitsuji Bubble Bobble was first released for the arcades in 1986. The game is a single or two player co-op game of the platform genre.
During the game, the player takes control of some rather "cute" looking dinosaurs (or bubble dragons) called Bub or Bob as they make their way through the cave of monsters to rescue their girlfriends. Both Bub and Bob have the ability to make bubbles which come in very handy, especially when trying to reach an area of the screen that would be inaccessible by any other means.
The main objective is to defeat all on screen enemies before moving on to the next level. The game has a hundred levels in total. There are numerous enemies for the dragons to do battle with. What enemies will depend entirely on the difficulty level of the game.
The dragons main weapon is their bubble blowing ability. When a bubble is initially blown, it shoots forward momentarily, any enemies in the way will immediately be trapped. Bub and Bob can then pop the bubble, destroying the enemy trapped within. The destroyed enemy will be converted into an item that can be collected.
The original game had various endings. The different endings were obtained by completing the game under certain circumstances. When the game was completed in normal mode, a message would appear saying that the true ending as not been achieved. However completing the game with both dragons, the player/players would receive a message saying happy ending, where both girlfriends are rescued. Appearing on screen also would be a code. By entering the code, the game would change to Super Bubble Bobble. To achieve the true ending, the game has to be completed in Super Bubble Bobble mode.
Conversions and Sequels
The game has undergone many conversion on various home systems, including; Sega Master System, Saturn and Game Gear; Sony PlayStation and PlayStation2; Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Advance; Commodore 64; Amstrad CPC; ZX Spectrum.
Because of the success of the first game, many sequels have been released, including; The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 – Rainbow Islands; Final Bubble Bobble; The Story of Bubble Bobble 3 – Parasol Stars; Bubble Bobble 2; Bubble Bobble Revolution; Bubble Bobble Evolution.
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