Here we are back again with another week and another classic review: This time I played one of my all time favorite couch co-op games, Bubble Bobble on my NES classic. In the game’s plot, “Baron Von Blubba” has kidnapped the brothers Bubby and Bobby’s girlfriends and turned the brothers into Bubble Dragons, Bub and Bob. Bub and Bob have to finish 100 levels in the Cave of Monsters in order to rescue them. Sounds easy enough, SPOILERS…..it’s not.
Ok so the main premise of the game is to jump around the multiple platforms and blow bubbles to trap your enemies, once they are trapped you jump on them to pop them and transform them into various food items. Once the stage is cleared of all enemies, you move on to the next level. There are a few different power-ups sprinkled throughout the level such as the water, fire, and lightning bubbles to help take out enemies in different and unique ways. The graphics are simplistic and colorful for the most part and the character designs are pretty good for their time as well. My personal favorite was the enemy who was aptly named Drunk, and he would throw bottles at you, ahhh the good old days.
The level designs vary from the sweet and simplistic all the way to complicated and rage inducing. It’s a pretty slow process going through all 100 levels without dying constantly once you get past the first 50 or so levels. The latter stages will require you to really think about what you are doing and how to get around the stage, sometimes having to use your own bubbles to jump on and lift you to places you couldn’t normally reach.
One of the other favorite pieces of this game for me is it’s soundtrack…go ahead watch some of the video below…and try and get the song out of your head. For years I would randomly have it pop in my head and take days or weeks to leave. (Currently hearing it in my head as I type this) but for some reason it doesn’t make me as mad as having “It’s a Small World” stuck in my head.
Now at this point I can make it through a good portion of the game on my own, but where this game shines is playing with someone else. The chaos, the hilarity, the teamwork is where it is at. I have so many fond memories of playing with other people that still gets us talking about it to this day. I even recall playing a bit in arcades as well, for those of you too young, go ahead and google what an ARCADE is….but either way this game should not be missed.