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Romset and name:
pbobble Puzzle Bobble (Japan, B-System)
Manufacturer:
Taito Corporation
Year:
Genre:
Puzzle
Category:
Puzzle / Toss
Serie:
Puzzle Bobble
Driver source:
Language:
Japanese
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Up to 4 players (solo, 2 concurrents)
Input:
Joystick 8 ways
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
-
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Avarage user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
90 to 100 (Best Games)
MASH All-Time:
Video
Display:
320x224@60 Hz, CRT 15kHz
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
-
CPU:
Motorola MC68000, Zilog Z80
Audio
Sound:
Audio chips:
Speaker, YM2610B OPNB
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.34b1 released on aug-16 1998
Last release:
Mame 0.215 released on oct-30 2019
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Previous romset:
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Status
OVERALL:
GOOD
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Good
Color:
Good
Sound:
Good
Cocktail:
-
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Supported
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  • This Arcade Video game was published 25 years ago:

    Puzzle Bobble © 1994 Taito Corp.

    Puzzle Bobble is an arcade puzzle game offering either one or two-player competitive play, in which the aim is to clear each play area of the coloured bubbles clustered in the upper half of the screen.

    This is achieved by firing bubbles up the screen - with the angle of trajectory dictated by the player - at the clusters of bubbles. The aim is to forms chains of like-coloured bubbles, making them disappear. At regular intervals the 'ceiling' of the play area - together with any bubbles stuck to it - will drop one row down the screen, decreasing the size of the play area making life more difficult for players. The game is over when the bubbles reach the very bottom of the play area.

    In the single-player game there are thirty-two rounds to complete. In the two-player 'versus' mode, the winner is the player who clears their arena first. Both players have an identical arrangement of coloured bubbles in each arena and when a player removes a large group of bubbles (four or more), some of them are transferred to the opponent's arena.

    Bubbles will fire automatically if the player remains idle. After clearing the arena, the next round begins with a new pattern of bubbles to clear.

    TECHNICAL
    Taito B System hardware

    Main CPU: Motorola 68000 (@ 12 Mhz), Zilog Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)
    Sound Chips: Yamaha YM2610B (@ 8 Mhz)

    Players: 4
    Control: 8-way joystick
    Buttons: 3

    TRIVIA
    Puzzle Bobble was released in June 1994. it was the first in the hugely successful puzzle series from Taito.

    The game was originally called "Bubble Buster". The Bubble Buster title screen is buried in the game itself.

    This game is known in US as "Bust-A-Move".

    This game was re-released 6 months later (December 1994) on the SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware as "Puzzle Bobble [MVS]".

    As well as typically cute Japanese animation (Bub and Bob from "Bubble Bobble" operate the cannon) and music, the game's mechanics and level design were beautifully balanced, and the game was terrifically successful at the arcades, spawning several sequels (see Series section for more information). It is unusual in being popular with women and girls.

    If you look closely at the bubbles, you'll notice that the enemies from "Bubble Bobble" are trapped inside; a different enemy for each different colored bubble. The following chart shows which enemies are trapped in which color bubble:
    Legend: Color of Bubble → "Bubble Bobble" Enemy Inside
    Blue → Zen-Chan
    Yellow → Pulpul
    Red → Invader
    Green → Drunk
    Purple → Monsta
    Orange → Banebou
    Black → Hidegonsu
    White → Mighta

    The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.

    During the credits you can see one of the constellations form the image of a fish, that fish is a boss from the "Darius" series; also made by Taito.

    According to Twin Galaxies, the official electronic scoreboard, Kim Korpilahti holds the official records for this game with 16013660 points (difficulty 6) on November 6, 2004.

    Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Puzzle Bobble Variety - ZTTL-0009) on July 6, 2008.

    SCORING
    Pop bubbles of the same color: each bubble is worth 10 points.
    Drop bubbles: the first bubble is 20, and each additional bubble scores double.
    Thus: bubbles dropped score
    1 20
    2 40
    3 80
    4 160
    5 320
    6 640
    7 1280
    8 2560
    9 5120
    10 10240
    11 20480
    12 40960
    13 81920
    14 163840
    15 327680
    16 655360
    17 or more 1310720

    Bonus points: are awarded based on how fast you completed the stage.

    Time you completed points awarded
    0-5 sec. 50,000
    6 sec. 49,160
    7 sec. 48,320
    8 sec. 47,480
    9 sec. 46,640
    10 sec. 45,800
    .
    .
    64 sec. 440
    65+ seconds or greater NO BONUS

    TIPS AND TRICKS
    There is a special bonus of a million points on rounds 9 and 13. This is achieved by linking up a number of ORANGE bubbles on round 9 and BLUE bubbles on round 13.

    SERIES
    • Puzzle Bobble (1994)
    • Puzzle Bobble [MVS] (1994)
    • Puzzle Bobble 2 (1995)
    • Puzzle Bobble 2 [MVS] (1999)
    • Puzzle Bobble 2X (1995)
    • Puzzle Bobble 3 (1996)
    • Puzzle Bobble 4 (1997)
    • Super Puzzle Bobble (1999)
    • Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble (2002)
    • Super Puzzle Bobble 2 (2002, Sony PlayStation 2)
    • Super Puzzle Bobble All-Stars (2003, Nintendo GameCube)
    • Puzzle Bobble Vs. (2003, Nokia N-Gage)
    • Ultra Bust-a-Move (2004, Microsoft XBOX)
    • Puzzle Bobble Pocket (2005, Sony PSP)
    • Puzzle Bobble DS (2005, Nintendo DS)
    • Space Puzzle Bobble (2008, Nintendo DS)
    • Puzzle Bobble Wii (2009, WiiWare - Nintendo Wii)

    STAFF
    Game designer: Seiichi Nakakuki
    Programmer & Game designer: Tkhc.02
    Programmer & System designer: Tmr
    Programmer & Play designer: Nob
    Character & Game designer: Kazuhiro Kinoshita
    Character designers: Komai Ryota, Miwa Kamiya
    Music composed by: Kazuko Umino, Yasuko Yamada
    Sound effects: Hideki Takahagi
    Sound soft: Naoto Yagishita
    Sound producer: Hiroshige Tonomura
    Designers: Hiroyasu Nagai (Super Star Nagai), T. Yoshiba, M. Osaka, Nobuaki Kuroki, Y. Onogi
    Supervisers: Masaki Yagi, T. Saito, G Rox, H. Kato, K. Tajima

    PORTS
    • CONSOLES:
    [JP] Nintendo Super Famicom (jan.13, 1995) "Puzzle Bobble [Model SHVC-AYKJ]": Re-released as Nintendo Power edition (dec.1, 1997)
    Nintendo Super Famicom [US] (mar.1995) "Bust-A-Move [Model SNS-AYKE]"
    Nintendo Super Famicom [EU] (june.29, 1995) "Puzzle Bobble: Bust-A-Move [Model SNSP-AYKP]"
    [US] SNK Neo-Geo CD (1995) "Bust-A-Move [Model NGCD-083E]"
    [JP] SNK Neo-Geo CD (apr.27, 1995) "Puzzle Bobble [Model NGCD-083]"
    Panasonic 3DO [US] (1995) "Bust-A-Move [Model FZ-SM0252]"
    Panasonic 3DO [JP] (nov.22, 1995) "Puzzle Bobble [Model FZ-SJ0252]"
    Sega Game Gear [US] (1995) "Bust-A-Move"
    [JP] Sega Game Gear (aug.2, 1996) "Puzzle Bobble [Model T-11047]"
    SNK Neo-Geo Pocket [EU] (1999) Puzzle Bobble Mini [Model NEOP0020]"
    SNK Neo-Geo Pocket [JP] (mar.26, 1999) "Puzzle Bobble Mini [Model NEOP00200]"
    SNK Neo-Geo Pocket [US] (apr.30, 1999) "Bust a Move Pocket [Model NEOP00201]"
    [JP] Bandai WonderSwan (jul.1, 1999) "Puzzle Bobble [Model SWJ-SUN003]"
    [JP] Sony PSP (dec.22, 2004) "Puzzle Bobble Pocket [Model ULJM-05011 (TCPS-10102)]"
    Sony PSP [KO] (may.2, 2005) "Puzzle Bobble Pocket [Model UCKS-45016]"

    • COMPUTERS:
    PC [MS Windows 95, CD-ROM] [US] (1999)

    • OTHERS:
    Mobile Phones [US] (aug.4, 2003)
    Apple iPhone/iPad [US] (sept.4, 2009)

    CONTRIBUTE
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