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Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble
GenreArcade Platform
Developer / PublisherTaito
Released1987
Media1 x tape
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:9.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Taito's successful coin-op game, Bubble Bobble, developed in 1986, was successfully converted a year later to the most common 8/16 home-computers and consoles of the late 80's! Its tremendous popularity made it several times a smash hit, and some years later was also re-released to the more advanced home systems such as the Sony PSX and Microsoft XBOX.
 
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Bubble BobbleSTORY / GAMEPLAY
Young boys Bub and Bob were cursed and transformed into small dinosaurs. Their girlfriends are held prisoners by the Giant Bee Master and now Bub (and Bob) must fight their way through 100 levels to save the girls and kill the Bee, breaking the curse and gaining back their human nature. Your main quest is to jump from one platform to another and eliminate all your enemies by trapping them inside bubbles. To help Bub (and Bob) survive the challenge, you must always keep an eye for various power ups and bonuses that appear from time to time. The most valuable bonus is the chewing gum power up that can make you shoot different and more powerful bubbles (like the rapid-fire bubble for example). Also, you have the opportunity to complete the word EXTEND by collecting all letters needed. This bonus will transport Bub (or Bob or both) to the next level at once. There are also numerous other bonuses that will transport you to more levels, make you shoot fire blasts or take you to some extra stages to collect diamonds. The best way to play this game is with a friend as there are some levels that need some co-operation! Bubble Bobble is a really fun game to play! It's also very easy to get you into and learn its gameplay mechanism while its cuteness really draws you in! Bubble Bobble is one of the best arcade platform games ever created in video gaming history, hands down!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The MSX2 version is quite good featuring graphics with bright colors and smooth sprite animation much like the original (the arcade) and the 16bit Amiga and Atari ST. Along with the Commodore 64, the MSX2 Bubble Bobble is the best 8bit conversion. Each level is a typical platform with different colors, different style, good animation and a variety of nice sprites. Soundwise, the MSX2 conversion is plain great and offers all the original in-game tunes and sound effects!
 
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Hardware information

MSX2

MSX2CPU: ZiLOG Z80A at 3,58MHz
MEMORY: 64Kb to 128Kb RAM, 64KB ROM (32Kb for bios, 16Kb for Basic v3, 16Kb for DiskROM)
GRAPHICS: Yamaha V9938 with 128Kb VRAM (sometimes 64 or 192Kb) supporting 512x212 (16 colours out of 512) and 256x212 (256 colours)
SOUND: Yamaha YM2149 (PSG) 3 channels, 8 octaves. Also supports Yamaha YM2413 (OPLL) known as FM-PAC capable of 9 channels FM or 6 channels FM + 5 drums and 15 pre-set instruments!
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The MSX2 (default) color palette
9-bit RGB 512-color palette (16 on-screen)
MSX2+: 15bit RGB 32,768-color palette (19,268 on screen)
 
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