#6: Bubble Bobble

Released In: 1988
Developer: Taito
Publisher: Taito

      The Bubble Dragons Bub and Bob journey to the Cave of Monsters to rescue their girlfriends from the clutches of the evil Grumple Gromit. The Cave is filled with a variety of strange and dangerous enemies, and the dinosaur duo have no weapons and no real fighting skills to speak of. In order to survive, they must defeat enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping those bubbles, thus turning their foes into delicious food. As they make their way through the game's 100+ levels, they may also find a variety of power-ups and special bubbles that they can use to their advantage. If they are successful, they will unlock Super Bubble Bobble, a harder version of the original game which they must then beat to get the game's real ending.

Syd Lexia: Rather than playing through the game, my friends and I would often just use a password and fight Grumple Gromit over and over again. My least favorite part of this game is easily Level 57. Fucking Super Sockets...

Valdronius: In short, Bubble Bobble was simple, multi-player fun. Whereas Rampage got mind-numbingly boring after three levels, every level of Bubble Bobble was different from the last, and there were lots of different enemies to fight. The game starred two cute, little dinosaur creatures who trapped their enemies in bubbles and then popped said bubbles, turning the baddies into food. There were 100 levels to fight through, with a giant boss named Super Drunk at the end. There were a few frustrating points where you would have to use your bubbles to climb up to get to an enemy, but they weren’t overly damaging to the games fun factor. The graphics and play control are both solid, making for a great two-player co-op.

Rycona: This one is a definite classic in my book. I wasn't able to beat Grumple Gromit until I was 7. I wasn't able to defeat him in Super Bubble Bobble mode until I was 10. This is a great game for one or two players. Especially two.

Dr. Jeebus: When I was little, I don't think I found anything as scary as Baron von Blubba, the invincible white whale with the glowing red eye. Well, except maybe fighting my way through 100 levels, encountering an end boss, beating him, and then finding out I needed to beat the game with two players in order to get the true ending. Or how about finally beating the game with Syd and then finding out we had to play through ANOTHER 100 levels in order to get super mega awesome ending?

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