Bubble Bobble 4: Friends Review for Nintendo Switch: An adorable classic returns
Bubble Bobble 4
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 31, 2020
No. of Players: Up to 4 players
Category: Action, Arcade, Multiplayer, Party
Publisher: ININ Games
Available on the Nintendo Eshop here
Description via Nintendo:
The popular dragons Bub and Bob are back! Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the latest game in the legendary Bubble Bobble series from Taito.
Play alone or with up to 3 friends in couch co-op mode and jump your bubble dragons through 100 levels to defy the wicked magician Bonner and his henchmen. The bubbles don’t just let you trap your opponents, either – your dragons can also jump on them to reach higher platforms.
Collect E-X-T-E-N-D bubbles to activate and upgrade skills, such as lightning and bomb bubbles. Develop countless new strategies to travel through the worlds and take advantage of air currents.
The original Bubble Bobble arcade game from 1986 is also included, which captured the hearts of players around the world and still has fans humming its title melody today.
A celebration for fans and fun for the whole family!
First Impressions :
Oh wow, this was a welcome game to play during such a rough time. I haven’t played Bubble Bobble in years! It was great to return to it and see if I can still play it, and in some ways I can and in some ways I really struggled. Platformers are not my strongest suit, so there was a learning curve again with playing this on the Switch compared to the arcade version I was used to. The sheer cuteness of the game still gets to me and I loved seeing the updated graphics and enhanced level mechanics. What I truly loved about this game is the inclusion of the classic Arcade Mode. The 100 levels that take you through a story mode, of course, get more and more challenging as you progress. You can play friends to help you if you struggle or play solo. This entry into the series has a lot going for it and if you need a break from Animal Crossing: New Horizons this is great for a quick fix. While I may have issues with platformers it offers me a bit of a challenge to keep trying to get past the levels and bosses. I think fans both old and new will truly love this game.
Bubble Bobble 4’s graphics are inviting and add to the overall gameplay experience. They even at earlier levels add hints on how to progress through the level if you struggle. As stated earlier it’s just so so cute! The colors are vibrant and engaging and even Arcade Mode looks polished and as if it hasn’t aged a day. Graphics are so so important in puzzle games and the development team 100% did not skimp on the details.
The gameplay is pretty straightforward: defeat the enemies by encasing them in bubbles, and also use those bubbles as makeshift platforms to get to higher areas in the level. For those completely new to the franchise worry not. Just simply pause the game and you can see the controls easily and also switch the control type to suit your needs. I did struggle at first since I haven’t played this game in a very long time but getting easy access to view the controls or just playing around I became a quick study. Don’t feel too bad if you struggle at first the game is quite forgiving and if you get a game over you can restart whatever level you are in without going back to level 1. The game is quite inviting and I didn’t feel stressed out at all when I got multiple game overs, I would just go back and try different tactics. Platformers are not for everyone but this one is a great start for someone who wants to get into platform style games. If you want to really go old school head to Arcade Mode where I found I had a much easier time.
I did enjoy my time with the game and I will be playing it from time to time to practice my skills. The price tag isn’t too bad either with so much content packed in plus Arcade Mode. Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is out now so make sure you check it out.
A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for this review
- Overall - 7/107/10
Great gameplay and graphics plus included Arcade Mode make this game a classic for any game fan looking for something retro and new at the same time.