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Review: Bubble Bobble 4 Friends – A Timely Update That Proves Classic Gameplay Never Ages

Review: Bubble Bobble 4 Friends - A Timely Update That Proves Classic Gameplay Never Ages
 

One of the great arcade classics makes a welcome return.

Since the release of the original arcade classic Bubble Bobble by Taito in 1986, the core of the series has pretty much stayed with its well-proven formula. The biggest deviations being Rainbow Islands and Parasol Stars, two sequels which returned Bub and Bob to their human forms. However, it’s telling that for the Puzzle Bobble spin-off series, Taito reverted the heroes back to their lizard forms, and we’ve seen several attempts to resurrect the Bubble Bobble franchise since then, too. Over thirty years on from the original release, the art of trapping enemies in bubbles still works – and yes, that music still doesn’t get old.

The story begins with Bub in a bedroom at night time, all tucked up and cuddly with the series antagonist Bonner (changed from the original Japanese moniker of ‘Drunk’) until Bonner is struck by some sort of magic and turns back into their old, nefarious ways – kicking off the events of the Bubble Bobble 4 Friends.

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