Bubble Bobble

Read the full review here.

“With its eternal background music now immortalized in classic remixes and its main character remaining subconsciously recognizable, Bubble Bobble has somehow emerged as one of the classic games of the 8-bit generation. But does it deserve this hallowed attention?”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

Love it or hate it, Bubble Bobble is something of a classic for the NES. Personally, I can only give it a shrug and not find it worth too much replay, but I do rather like this humorous remix from its soundtrack. Kudos to creative minds everywhere who give old concepts a new life.

On principle, though: I am 100% against the idea that a game that is only good in multi-player mode can be a great game. This is a defense I often hear for Bubble Bobble, that it is “so much better!” as a two-player game. It is absurd, to me, that a game have its legacy rest so strongly on its two-player aspect, as good as it may be. Furthermore, especially in Bubble Bobble’s case, wherein the “bad ending” is given in one-player mode, and you actually need a second player to unlock the “good ending,” this seems especially and blatantly egregious to my eyes.

3 Responses to “ Bubble Bobble ”

  1. I find it very strange that you make no mention of the two-player co-op mode or the scoring mechanics (i.e. bubbling many enemies at once and spawning the EXTEND bubbles) and go on to question why the game is considered a classic nowadays.

    They’re fairly important elements of the game (especially co-op mode, the thing that gives Bubble Bobble its reputation as it encourages both co-operation and competition) that this review neglects.

  2. A valid critique, Ant — for better or for worse, I (in my opinion?) have become a much better reviewer, as I have gained a much broader contextual perspective, and it unfortunately shows in some of my older reviews (Batman and Adventure Island are two others I may actually write a whole new rating/review for).

    I am, by and large, a solo gamer. That being said, it certainly is remiss of me to not go over the two-player gameplay at all (much less the scoring mechanics!), even if I sometimes go back-and-forth in my questioning of how much to cover the multi-player aspect of NES games. I still think Bubble Bobble is overrated, but it would be unfair of me to say that without mentioning the very aspects to make it most beloved.

    In short: Yeah, you got me. This is one of my early reviews that I now cringe at and may see reworked someday. We’ll see.

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