In Bubble Bobble , each player controls one of the two dragons (Bub or Bob). Players can move along platforms, fall to lower ones, and jump to higher ones and over gaps. Each level is limited to a single screen, with no scrolling; however, if a screen has gaps in its bottom edge, players can fall through these and reappear at the top. Each level has a certain number of enemies that must be defeated in order to advance. The players must blow bubbles to trap the enemies, then burst these bubbles by colliding with them. Each enemy defeated in this manner turns into a food item that can be picked up for extra points. Defeating multiple enemies at once awards higher scores and causes more valuable food items to appear. All bubbles will float for a certain length of time before bursting on their own; players can jump on these and ride them to otherwise inaccessible areas.Magic items appear from time to time and grant special abilities and advantages when picked up. Special bubbles occasionally appear that can be burst to attack enemies with fire, water, or lightning. Furthermore, if a player collects letter bubbles to form the word EXTEND, he/she earns a bonus life and both players immediately advance to the next level.
A player loses one life upon touching any free enemies or their projectiles (rocks, fireballs, lasers, bottles). Enemies turn “angry”—turning pink in color and moving faster—if they escape from a bubble after being left too long or the players spend a certain amount of time on the current level. They return to normal if either player loses a life. After a further time limit expires, an additional invincible enemy appears for each player, actively chasing them using only vertical and horizontal movements. These disappear once the level is cleared, or when a player loses a life. When there is only one enemy left, it immediately becomes angry and remains in this state until defeated.
In the 100th and final level, players face a boss.This game was one of the first to feature multiple endings. Completing Level 100 in single-player mode reveals a message stating that the game has not truly ended and a hint to the player: “Come here with your friend.” If two players complete the game, they see a “Happy End,” in which the brothers are transformed to their human selves and reunited with their girlfriends. This ending also includes a code that, when deciphered, allows the game to be played in the faster and more difficult “Super” mode. If this mode is completed with two players, a second “Happy End” is displayed in which Super Drunk is revealed to be the brothers’ parents under the control of some outside influence. The brothers return to normal and are reunited with their parents and girlfriends
On the NES the game was easy to play, you used the D-Pad to move and the buttons were used for jumping and blowing bubbles. The NES version was good graphically but didn’t quite come up to the standards of the arcade version, that wasn’t a major gripe though. The sound effects and jolly tune that played in the game were also OK. The key thing with Bubble Bobble is the game play and with 100 levels many of which are cunningly designed, various baddies with varying levels of difficulty and a 2 player game it really is a great game on the NES. If you had a choice of 10 games to play on the console – I’d make this one of them.
I give Bubble Bobble on the NES a score of 90%
Enter DDFFI as a password, and select the one player continue round option. Press A or B to select a new starting level from 1 to 112.
Super Bubble Bobble graphics:
Enter HCICD as a password.
Surround the enemy in the final level with bubbles, then press Start, Select, Start to bring a second player into the game. Then, pop the bubbles to see the “Happy Ending”.
This will also enable the sound test option.
PAUKEZLA Both players start with 1 life
TAUKEZLA Both players start with 6 lives
PAUKEZLE Both players start with 9 lives
ZAUGEZPE Start game on level 10
PPUGEZPE Start game on level 25
ZLUGEZPA Start game on level 50
LGUGEZPE Start game on level 75
ZAOGOLGA Skip only 2 levels
ZAOGOLGE Skip 10 levels
AAUILSPP Lots of bubble power
ZANEAGPA + NNEEAKVN Monsters move faster
LANEAGPA + NNEEAKSN Monsters move super fast
LANEIGZA + SNEEIKVN Angry monsters move faster
AANSIGTA + AESIPGTA Always wear turbo shoes