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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Bubble Bobble 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
Bubble Bobble is one of Taito's biggest arcade successes and inspired the creation of many spin-off games. In addition to the Bubble Symphony and Bubble Memories arcade follow-ups, and a range of Evolution and Remakes, this includes:
- Bubble Bobble (1986)
- Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (1987)
- Parasol Stars (1991) TurboGrafx-16, NES, Amiga, Atari ST, and Game Boy.
- Bubble Bobble Plus! (2009) Wii and Xbox 360
- Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (2019) Remake on Nintendo Switch including original game.
- Bubble Bobble (Arcade Archives) (2016) on Switch, PlayStation 4
For families the Bubble Bobble games offer a combination of fun running, jumping and popping action. But the combination of hidden air currents that direct the bubbles and the plethora of mysterious collectables the game offers surprising strategy and longevity.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Arcade Archives Bubble Bobble
Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back!
Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron's Workshop
Release Date: 01/10/1986, updated in 2016
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
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