Retro Let's Play Early March 2017: "Bubble Bobble" (1986)

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  1. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    Retro Let's Play Early March 2017: "Bubble Bobble" (1986)

    (We're also playing Chrono Trigger this month in a twofer, click here for that thread).

    FAQ Here on what this is and why we're doing it.

    Bubble Bobble was released by (one of the oldest game companies still alive) Taito in arcades in 1986. It's a multi-level game with single still screens presented in a 2D, side view, non-scrolling "arena" fashion. You play a pair of cursed brothers who have been turned from humans into small dragons who can only spit bubbles (initially). Enemies are placed in each level, and your job is to clear them out by trapping them in your bubbles and then popping them. Be warned, if an enemy escapes a bubble before you can pop it, they get mad!

    The game is packed full of secrets, warps, special bonuses, special weapons, and lots of opportunities to get crazy high scores with certain tricks. There's a heck of a lot more to this game than one play through will reveal. Also worth noting that this has one of the most addictive soundtracks around, so prepare to have this music stuck in your head for days (years?) after playing.

    More info here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_Bobble
    http://www.mobygames.com/game/bubble-bobble

    Originally released for arcade (easily playable in MAME or RetroPie)

    Ported to: everything, very likely. I'm not even going to bother listing individual systems. In fact, let's make it a challenge to see who can track down and play the weirdest port of this thing.

    Download or play it in your browser for free:
    * MS-DOS: https://archive.org/details/msdos_Bubble_Bobble_1988
    * SEGA Game Gear: https://archive.org/details/gg_Bubble_Bobble_1994Taito
    * SEGA Master System: https://archive.org/details/segasms_Bubble_Bobble_1991_Taito

    Buy it from: well, that's a tough one. It *was* available on:
    * Wii Virtual Console, NES version (not on WiiU or 3DS)
    * "Taito Legends" compilation for PS2, XBox (not 360 compatible) and PC

    Doesn't seem to be available for sale new today, which is a crying shame. If anyone finds someone selling this new, please let us know.

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    Arcade flyer (from TAFA):

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    Fired up on the old MAME cabinet. Who doesn't love scanlines?

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    i used to play this game 2 player with my bro on a 486, we were pretty good but now i'm terrible at it, different skill set lol

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    Ewww chunky scaled pixel lover! :p
     
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    I remember playing this (and 1990's similar Snow Bros) at arcades in the early 90s. Used to love it but never got far. 2P was fun too.

    Related story. We were about 14yo, year 1992. After school most days me and a friend or two would walk 15 minutes to the local small town arcade, which was semi-attached to the nextdoor takeaway shop. If we were lucky we might have a coin or two to play a game. Otherwise we would just walk around watching the machines, pretty much :p. SFII was of course the classic, because you could pay 20c and have it last 20-30mins while you clocked the game (which was pretty simple for us regular players). One day my friend discovered the tech must have forgotten to close the coin door properly. So he got me to play lookout for the grumpy takeaway guy, while he clicked the mechanism to put free credits on the machine for us. After awhile he got caught and booted out, banned for month, to his horror and our lols. :lol: Spent many an hour in that place.
     
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    Never played BB before, but just caught 5 minutes of it using the DOSBOX link above. Cute, colourful and I can see how it could be addictive, but after getting slammed repeatedly by those purple things on Level 11 until 8 Credits were used up ... can't see myself going further with BB - will give Chrono Trigger a go.
     
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    One of my all time favourite arcade games. I got the Wii version and it was slightly different to the arcade game and that annoyed me!

    Looking to build an arcade table one day soon so I can play the original. Cheers!

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    g@z.
     

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