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Bub made his debut in the first Bubble Bobble game, and has appeared in nearly He shares a close relationship with his brother, Bob, and the two have gone on A similar mechanic is implemented in Bubble Symphony, with each of the four . In Bub's ending, he throws a party with the other characters after defeating. Bubble Bobble is one of the most recognised arcade titles from the late 80's, actually come from an older Taito game (more on that at the end of this Another arcade release, close on the heels of Bubble Symphony. this .. because I always had a love/hate relationship with Rainbow Islands which I. Although a sequel to Bubble Bobble, the game inaugurates few changes to the in order to get the 4 keys that lead to the final world or face an early false ending. "Bubble Symphony The [Coin-Op] Arcade Video Game by Taito Corp. The relationships among the countries of the UK have changed over time, Wales.
Interestingly, a lot of the enemies that are introduced in this game, actually come from an older Taito game more on that at the end of this sectionand one of the enemies is even an "Invader" from Taito's classic Space Invaders! A lot of improvements were made to the basic gameplay, brand new enemies and bosses introduced, and much more detailed backgrounds for 8-bit standards!
Apparently, the main characters here are Cubby and Rubby descendants of Bub and Bob and they can float through the stage somewhat by holding down the fire button. This time, Robby presumably another relative? The screen scrolls in this one, to accommodate the lower resolution! Colourful graphics which were abundant in early-mid 90s arcade titles really capture the sense of fun. The naming convention gets a bit confusing here, as this is also occasionally referred to as "Bubble Bobble II" in some regions.
It stars the 4 children of the original Bub and Bob, and they can now fire multiple bubbles by charging a shot. Multiple paths can be taken through the game, and several boss fights are littered throughout.
Lots of other Taito characters make cameos as various assist characters, but the core gameplay remains consistent with the earlier games in the series, just adding an extra layer of depth. Interestingly the backgrounds appear to be more realistic, some based on paintings and animal photographs, which gives it a bit of a unique feel.
Doesn't change the formula too much, but pure arcade action though! To me, this represented a dark time in video game history, when it seemed every franchise was "polygonised", and I thought 2D sprite work was dead.
Interestingly enough, Bub and Bob seem to retain their "human form" in this version, just wearing dragon romper suits! Wikipedia tells me that the North American release of this was glitched, where a boss did not spawn correctly, meaning players couldn't progress a staple that both of my own games would succumb tolol! Sounds like it wasn't well received, but if anyone has played it, drop any thoughts or trivia below!
Looks like this one allows for 3 players simultaneously, with Bub and Bob's cousin Bubu joining in the fun. It is said a new gameplay element is introduced here where specific color bubbles are needed to capture different color enemies. This version introduced 4 player simultaneous mode, and brand new stages, as well as the classic arcade version included as a bonus.
Looks like it got good reviews, and I suspect the nostalgia of the original helped this one gain great exposure. I haven't played this, so I'm not familiar with the fundamentals, but it looks like it plays remarkably different than any other Bubble Bobble game. Anyone had any experience with this? I would like to play it, but I don't know what it is. It looks good, and I think it is only available in Korea.
Looks to retain the classic Bubble Bobble style, and has several different "seasons" with some extra Taito characters sprinkled in but details are scarce. Anyone familiar with it? Now, things get interesting.
Above are what I would refer to as the "mainline" Bubble Bobble games, the ones that star Bub and Bob in dinosaur form, and basically follow the gameplay styles laid out and defined in the original Bubble Bobble arcade game. Of course, back in the 80s, players were familiar with the strange trend of companies creating sequels that drastically changed the original elements and spawned brand new play styles think, Castlevania 2: The Bubble Bobble series also adopted that approach.
The actual "real" sequel to Bubble Bobble in the arcades was "Rainbow Islands - The Story Of Bubble Bobble 2", which was released a year after the original "Bubble Bobble" inand this itself spawned a variety of sequels, which we will look at below. Gone is the 2-player co-op mode, and the goal of each stage is to make it to the top of a series of islands, before the island sinks into the ocean.
You control Bubby changed back into human form after defeating the boss at the end of Bubble Bobble and must travel through a series of islands to transform all the other inhabitants back into human form as well.
Each level only scrolls vertically I actually thought my copy of the game was broken when I first played it, as looking at the screenshots I assumed it to be more like a traditional platformer!
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There are a total of 7 islands, based on different themes, each with a boss, but if you complete certain conditions, you can unlock an additional 3 islands to get one of the "true endings". There are many references to other Taito games, such as Arakanoid a whole island is themed on thisDarius likewise and loads of subtle references to Bubble Bobble.
Upon collecting a secret crystal ball item, it reveals that all the enemies in this game are actually just the original Bubble Bobble enemies in disguise. This game was ported to the Amiga, and that is where a lot of its popularity comes from, certainly in the UK, where the magazine Amiga Power claimed it was the best game ever due to its immense amount of secrets, for which there are numerous! A very different game than Bubble Bobble, but a classic nonetheless.
Appears to retain the same level layouts, but enemies and bosses are shifted between stages around creating a much more taxing version. It also adds in additional story elements and cut scenes between worlds, allowing players to talk to characters briefly, and choose rewards from a choice of treasure chests upon defeating a boss. Interestingly, there is also a direct port of the original arcade version of Rainbow Islands also for the NES, which I think is only available in a specific region.
I guess this may cause some confusion with players looking to try the "unique" 8-bit version, as both games may be labelled the same? I think the gameplay is exactly the same as the arcade version except it may be missing the final secret 3 islands? Upon reaching the bottom of the cave and defeating Super Drunk, Bub and Bob manage to rescue their girlfriends, as well as their parentswho were under the control of an unknown figure who had been giving orders to Super Drunk. Edit Bub appears in human form as Bubby, who acts as the main character of Rainbow Islands.
Bubby is shown being transformed into Bub by the Boss of Dark Shadow 's magic and thrust into a cage along with the transformed villagers of the Rainbow Islands if the player gets a Game Over while fighting the game's final boss.
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Bub and Bob set out to defeat the evildoers and rescue Judy, traveling to their lair and defeating the various monsters that await them along the way. After defeating the Skull Brothers, a Fairy returns Bub to his human form, and he and Judy reconcile. This is ignored in the North American manual, and most supplementary material for the game presents the two as simply being the same Bub and Bob as the original Bubble Bobble.
Judy was also Cubby's girlfriend in the original story, but she is mentioned to just be a friend of the duo in the American version. Edit After being away from his village in order to train, Bub returns one day to find his home in crisis. The inhabitants of the village have been abducted by the newly revived demon king, Great Skelwho has unleashed his army of monsters upon the land.
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Upon seeing this, Bub sets out to rescue the villagers and defeat the demon king. Although still called Robby in the North American intro to the game, most American supplemental material disregarded this and gave the protagonist's name as "Bub". The game begins with the four reading a book, when Hyper Drunk emerges from within, transforming the four into Bubble Dragons and banishing them to the Storybook World. The four must find the four keys hidden throughout the Storybook World, and defeat Hyper Drunk to return home.
If Bub collects three bubbles, each with the letters 'R', 'O', and 'D' on them, he can transform into Bubby, attacking instead by blowing bubbles through a bubble pipe.
After defeating Hyper Drunk, the four become the kings and queens of the Storybook World, and return back home.