1987
Arcade: Platform
£7.95
£3.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Mark Caswell
Chris Bourne

One of my all-time favourite coin-op conversions reappears on the Speccy! There can't be many people who don't know the plot for Bubble Bobble, but if you've been down a pothole or on the moon for the last few years, here's a quick explanation...

Bub and Bob are two cute little dinosaurs who've been trapped by the evil Baron Von Blubba. The task ahead of them is, in theory, a simple one: blow bubbles to trap the various attacking creatures then pop them. When all the opponents have been vanquished, collect the fruit, candy and other assorted goodies for extra points then fly off to the next of the hundred screens.

In addition, there are bonus help thingies. For example, bursting a water-filled bubble sends a stream gushing over the platforms, washing away any creatures it picks up in its flow.

It's been a few years since I've played Bubble Bobble but it's still as addictive today, if a little slow. The first 50 or so screens are fairly easy to complete if you have a mate to help but the last few are real swines, the final battle with the Baron is a particular example.

In short, Bubble Bobble is one of the most playable platform games around!

MARK

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Forever blowing bubble, that's Bub and Bob.

Okay, I'll take the two on the right, you take the two on the left.