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This article is about the game. For the series in which this game is a part of, see Bubble Bobble (series).

Bubble Bobble
Bubble bobble
A flyer for the original US arcade release of Bubble Bobble.
Information
Developer(s) Taito
Publisher(s) Taito
Designer(s) Fukio Mitsuji
Release date 1986
Genre Platformer
Modes Single Player, Multiplayer
Platform(s) Arcade, NES, Amiga, Commodore 64, MSX2, ZX Spectrum, Sega Master System, Game Boy, Sharp X6800, MSX2, MS-DOS, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Sega Game Gear, FM Towns, PC, Apple II, Game Boy Color, Playstation, Nintendo DS, Sega Saturn, Famicom Disk System, Game Boy Advance, Sega Saturn, Mobile

Bubble Bobble (バブルボブル Babaru Boburu?) is the first game in the Bubble Bobble series, released for the arcade by Taito in 1986. The game is an action-platformer in which the up to two players control the twin dragons Bub and Bob, attempting to rescue their girlfriends from the Cave of Monsters.

GameplayEdit

Each player controls one of the two dragons, Bub and Bob. The player can hop along platforms, and blow bubbles to trap enemies inside. The player can then pop the bubbles to defeat the enemies, which leave behind food that Bub and Bob can consume for points. Bub and Bob can jump on their own bubbles to reach higher platforms that can not be reached by jumping normally. After defeating all the enemies in a level, the player can move on to the next stage. 

If the player takes too long to complete a level, a message appears on the screen that says "Hurry Up!", and the enemies turn angry, which is indicated by them turning red and moving faster. If the stage is not cleared soon afterwards, an invincible enemy called Baron von Blubba appears and pursues Bub and Bob. The Baron disappears after the player either defeats all the enemies or loses a life.

Certain levels contain Special Bubbles, which can be used to defeat enemies in certain ways. There are three main types of Special Bubbles: Lightning, Water, and Fire. Bub and Bob can activate these by popping them in the opposite direction they want the element to go. Lightning sends a lightning bolt flying horizontally across the screen, defeating all enemies in its path. Water sends a torrent of water down through the level, sweeping up enemies until it reaches the bottom. Fire creates a small flame which lands on the ground, setting fire to the area around it, which defeats any enemies that make contact with it. Bub and Bob can also touch the fire, but it paralyzes them until the fire goes out. There is also a rare bubble, simply known as the Special Bubble, that has a 1 in 4096 chance of appearing. If popped, it gives Bub and Bob fire breath for 5 rounds.

Special items can appear that can defeat enemies or allow Bub and Bob to skip levels. If Bub and Bob do not lose any lives up to certain points, secret doors appear that take them to a secret room with numerous gems to collect. If they take too long in the room, however, an enemy known as Rubblen appears and chases them in a manner similar to that of Baron von Blubba.

There are 100 levels in Bubble Bobble. At the final level, the player faces the final boss of the game, Grumple Grommit. Grumple Grommit moves around the stage, throwing bottles at the player. Bub and Bob are given a Thunder Tonic on the stage that allows them to blow lightning bubbles. After being zapped enough times, Grumple Grommit appears in a bubble that Bub and Bob can pop to defeat him. After this, the two can rescue their girlfriends Betty and Patty, along with their parents in the true ending.

StoryEdit

In a certain village where everyone lives peacefully, Bub and Bob lived alongside their girlfriends, Betty and Patty. One day, the two girls left the village to explore the nearby woods, stumbling into a mysterious area known as the Magical Forest. Due to their unfamiliar surroundings, the two became lost, accidentally wandering into a cave deep in the forest known as the Cave of Monsters. The girls proceeded to encounter Grumple Grommit, master of the cave, who kidnapped them and trapped them on the 100th floor. Bub and Bob set out to rescue the two, but ran afoul of Grumple Grommit as well, who transformed them into Bubble Dragons. Using their newfound abilities, the two set out to journey through all 100 floors of the cave in order to rescue the girls.

EndingsEdit

Bubble Bobble features three endings: the bad ending, the good ending and the true ending. They are unlocked depending on how you play the game.

Bad EndingEdit

  • If the game is beaten in single player, Betty is rescued from a bubble, but not Patty. The game tells you to "Never forget your friend!" and sends you back to the start of the game.

Good EndingEdit

  • If the game is beaten in multiplayer, Betty and Patty are rescued, but the game informs you you have not reached the true ending. It displays a code to input at the title screen that unlocks Super Mode, which you must beat to reach the true ending.

True EndingEdit

  • If the game is beaten in Super Mode, Betty and Patty are freed. A large Bubble Dragon drops down and transforms into Bub and Bob's parents. The game then plays a message:

CONGRATULATIONS!

YOU COULD HELP YOUR FATHER &

MOTHER! THEY WERE CONTROLLED

BY SOMEONE. WHO IS HE? NO ONE

KNOWS OF IT! THE TRUTH IS IN

THE DARKNESS FOREVER...

CharactersEdit

Playable characters Edit

Non-playable characters Edit

​Enemies Edit

BossesEdit

Special ItemsEdit

Special BubblesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The Sega Master System recieved an expanded port of Bubble Bobble known as Final Bubble Bobble, which featured new items, levels, and bosses.
  • The NES port features 13 more levels which the player must clear if they collect the Crystal Ball at level 99.

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