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Developer: Taito OPTIONS: S.SHOT
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Distributor: Acclaim 1-2 Player
Game Type: Retro Platformer Memory Card
Availability: Out Now  

Rapid Review

Bubble Bobble brings together for the first time two classic games on
one disc; the original arcade classic, Bubble Bobble, and it's popular
sequel, Rainbow Island. Also included on the disc is an enhanced version
of Rainbow Island that has slightly improved graphics but essentially
identical gameplay. 

Bubble Bobble is a 100 level platform game where the players assume 
control of Bub and Bob, the friendly multi-coloured dinosaurs from 
the original game, solving puzzles and progressing through mazes by 
defeating 'baddies' using colour bubbles. 

Rainbow Islands is played on vertical scrolling levels in a race against 
the clock as your island is sinking into the water. Your weapon is a 
rainbow that can be used to either blast your enemies or provide a 
platform to help escape the rising tide. There are 25 levels to ascend 
with each providing a selection of enemies and bosses to slow your progress.

These two games are essentially very basic platform adventures, the
graphics and sounds are very basic but it's the gameplay that will keep
people interested. The disc contains identical ports of the original
games Bubble Bobble and Rainbow island.


This release seems to be riding on the crest of the 'trend' to release
really old games, Bubble Bobble was an arcade game released by Taito on
1986, and as such is looking extremely old compared to the modern fleet
of awesome looking games. However, it's obviously not the graphics that
will get people playing these games and if you were a fan of the
original arcade version this will make a pleasant trip down memory lane.
If you've never heard of or seen Bubble Bobble or Rainbow Island you're
probably better off spending you money on something else.

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