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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published by: Taito
Developed by: Taito
Genre: Action
Players: 1-2
Rated: E (Everyone)
Release Date: October 2003
Written by: Matthew Prunty

March 8, 2005 - During the Nintendo Entertainment System era, there were several titles that made the cut as some of the Greatest of All-Time. One of these titles happens to be Bubble Bobble. Back in the early 80's, this was one of the highlight titles to grace the console produced by Nintendo. And for some today, this title holds some dear memories that will last for a lifetime.

''Now is the beginning of a fantastic journey! Let us make a journey to the cave of monsters! Good Luck!''

One of the most simplistic stories to this day, Bub and Bob are out on a quest to rescue their girlfriends (which quite honestly look like Dinosaurs; but hey, love is blind). Though there isn't really anything to the story, it is still a heart-warm felt plot that puts our beloved Final Fantasy to shame.

Though a testament to time, it has a simple formula that would keep gamers hooked, if followed to this day. Within this title, the basis is to capture 4-12 enemies in bubbles, then pop them by hopping on them or sending a blue bubble or lightning bolt their way. It seems father easy when you think about it, but once you get though the first 20 levels, things will change dramatically. The further you go, the more challenging the title gets. But to have a second player helping you out, will help you ease the pain of dying over and over again.

Not to take anything away from the game, but if you're not a multiplayer type, you will be playing this title for months and months. The basis of the game is to play with two players. This allows you to watch each other's back, and get the best possible ending in no time at all. And to ease the pain, there is only one boss in the game, but it takes a lot of patience and effort to knock this king of the mountain off its post.

Once you knock him off his top, and watch one of the most beautiful endings created, you will the opportunity to go through the Super Bubble Bobble mode. In this mode you will have more enemies and a higher challenging level.

Though non comparable to most games of its same era, they suited the game perfectly. There are no backgrounds at all, just black space with the platforms in the foreground. But you cant blame the creators, it worded perfectly for the title and the system was very limited in what it could do back then.....LOL!

What's funny about the sound in Bubble Bobble is that there are only really 6 sounds throughout the title. You have the theme music, nothing more than twydolupootwydolupootwydolupoo repeated over and over again (can you sing that for me...LOL). There is the game music, which plays on every level and doesn't change. So unless you don't really mind, you will go a little bit crazy after awhile. And the rest of the sounds are comprised of you jumping, popping bubbles, making the bubbles, and when you dye. All in all, they all work together perfectly.

What can I say, playing through the regular mode takes time, not if you have two people though? But it's well worth the challenge. If you have been gaming for a long time, you will welcome this challenge tot his very day. And once you complete the challenge, you get another challenge to test your skills, your wits, and your determination to complete the game.

Though the first time I played this game was more than 10 years ago, I still fid myself going back to it whenever I want to b reminded of where games came from and if I want a true challenge. For those who never played this game, please pick it up, it is well worth the owning (GBA or the old version on NES).


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