Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble is a platformer video game by Taito, first released in 1986 and later ported to numerous home computers and game consoles. The game, starring the twin Bubble Dragons Bub and Bob, tasks players with travelling through one hundred stages, blowing and bursting bubbles, jumping on and off blown bubbles to navigate level obstacles, dodging and eliminating enemies, and collecting a variety of items including some that carry power-ups and significant bonuses.

For example, some wrapped candies allow Bub and Bob to move faster, blow bubbles faster, and blow bubbles at greater distances. Other items, such as umbrellas, allow to skip numerous levels, moving closer to the final level. The game became popular and led to a long series of sequels and spin-offs. The main goal of the game is to rescue Bub and Bob’s girlfriends from the Cave of Monsters


Developer(s) Taito
Publisher(s) Taito
Designer(s) Fukio Mitsuji
Composer(s) Tadashi Kimijima
Series Bubble Bobble
Platform(s) Arcade, various
Release August 1986
Genre(s) Arcade, comical action platformer
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Main CPUs: 2× Z80(6MHz), Z80 (3MHz), M6801 (1MHz)
Sound Sound CPU: YM2203(3MHz), YM3526 (3MHz)
Display Raster, standard resolution 256×224 (horizontal), 256 colors


Hugely addictive with many levels to play, graphically it was also pleasing. The ports to various platforms such as the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum were hit and miss – as with many arcade games it can be difficult to completely capture the original although there were some good efforts – I enjoyed the Commodore 64 port and the Master System version was particularly good




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