In October 1987, a teenage tough cub rushed to WHSmith to get cash and bought the latest game from ZX Spectrum, a modified Taito arcade smash bubble bobble. Over the next few hundred hours, my neighbor and I were constantly playing the game, revealing many secrets and slowly approaching level 100, the end of the game. Bubble Bobble is fast paced when you race to complete the level before Baron von Bobble, or “Zagrok” we call him, appears on the screen and mercilessly hunts down Bab and Bob. It was incredibly addictive in gameplay. ..
It’s enough to say that I love Bubble Bobble. I was very excited to get Bubble Bobble 4 Friends because the PS3 and PS4 have arcade ports and a cute bab on the shelf above the console. The Baron is back. The good news is that it contains all the classic elements of Bubble Bobble. The bad news is that things have changed too.
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The gameplay is very similar. You play as either Bab, Bob, or two new characters, fly around the platform and blow bubbles at your enemies to catch them. When wrapped in bubbles, enemies and other bubbles that have been blown off float around the screen according to the pattern of the wind. You can then burst the bubble and kill the enemy, but the idea is to do multiple pops at once to create a chain and get a higher score.
A new feature of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the ability to crouch. This allows you to slip through small gaps and jump bubbles automatically. In other words, jumping into a bubble doesn’t pop. On top of that, it bounces cheerfully and needs to be pushed down to pop the bubble. This changes important elements from the original elements, making the game much easier. The power-ups are about the same, but instead of appearing on the levels during play, you’ll complete a set of 10 levels and then equip them one at a time. Also, the supply of each powerup used is very limited and you can only get additional use by defeating enemies. I mean, I rarely use it.
The game is more like a traditional platformer than an arcade title, as the level has to follow a set path to reach all enemies. However, the level design is also very confusing. Now you can jump only on specific platforms. In the game, spikes will be introduced later and, of course, bubbles will pop. tricked! The bubbles actually float straight and fun in the spikes, only killing the cute green dinosaur and his friends. The enemy pattern is also pretty basic. Many of the bad guys are completely stationary, waiting for you to whip them up.
There’s even more to annoying Bubble Bobble fans: classical music is played only in the first few levels, not the entire game, and the full title of the game is Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: Baron, despite the Baron’s return. Fomburva can be seen nowhere. At the time of writing this review, I ran the game for 50 minutes and kept the bab stationary, but the Baron hasn’t appeared yet and hasn’t been kicked off the screen.
After completing the 10th level set, the boss battle will begin nodding to the sequel to the arcade, Bubble Symphony. In most of these cases, it’s just a matter of avoiding the boss, waiting until it’s worn out, and then attacking with enough foam until it pops. The whole game is very easy and you can swipe 50 levels in just over an hour. The only exception is the boss battle at the end of level 4. This is, for some reason, much more difficult than any other level in the game, attacking 12 fast-moving enemies on the screen with the boss itself.
After completing 50 levels, you can unlock the hard mode with a remixed version of the level, which are more challenging, but still not too difficult. If you fail the level 3 times, you also have the option to play the level in invincible mode and complete it so that the enemy doesn’t hurt you. It also unlocks a mini arcade cabinet where you can play the original 1986 arcade game. This takes much longer than four friends.
As the name implies, you can play the game with up to 4 Cham on the Sofa Corp. As with most games, adding friends makes the game even more fun. The game suddenly becomes more desperate and feels like the original. If you’re particularly mean, a timely bubble can ruin other players’ plans.
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