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Bubble Bobble Bubble Bobble - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Bubble Bobble - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You play two dinosaurs, Bub and Bob. You try to complete all 100 levels and rescue your girlfriends by trapping monsters in bubbles and bursting them. Heaps of power-ups and hidden features.

Bubble Bobble was produced by Taito in 1986.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Bubble Bobble was produced include: Lady Master of Kung Fu, Typhoon Gal, Super Dead Heat, Onna Sanshirou, Metal Soldier Isaac 2, Alcon, Arkanoid, Battle Lane Vol. 5, Big Event Golf, and Bobble Bobble


Name Bubble Bobble
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7222
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class Taito Classic
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - FireJump
Sound Amplified Either (Mono or Stereo)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Bubble Bobble PCB Image

Game Introduction

Players maneuver their dinosaurs and attempt to encase all the enemies in bubbles and then pop them, rewarding the players with fruit and other bonuses for added points.

Bubble Bobble KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.97 (19 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.03

Overall Like 4.16
Fun (Social) 4.21
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 3.63

Technical Rating: 3.91

Gameplay 3.95
Graphics 3.79
Originality 4.26
Sound/Music 3.63

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

There are two cheats for this game - "POWER UP" and "ORIGINAL GAME":

POWER UP: While on the title screen, press the following: LEFT-JUMP-LEFT-1PLAYER-LEFT-FIRE-LEFT-1 PLAYER. "POWER UP" will appear at the bottom of the screen. Start a game and you will have constant speed up and rapid fire bubble blowing ability. The secret rooms will appear on levels 20, 30, 40 and 50.

ORIGINAL GAME: Enter the following on the title screen: FIRE-JUMP-FIRE-JUMP-FIRE-JUMP-RIGHT 1PLAYER... "ORIGINAL GAME" will appear at the bottom of the screen. This puts the game back to it's default settings.



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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Bubble Bobble Census

There are 14,952 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,357 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 212 known instances of this machine owned by Bubble Bobble collectors who are active members. Of these, 12 of them are original dedicated machines. 65 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 135 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Bubble Bobble machine for sale. There are 7 active VAPS members with a Bubble Bobble circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 22 active VAPS members currently looking for Bubble Bobble. There are 5 active VAPS members looking for Bubble Bobble boards sets.

This game ranks a 61 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 45 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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Additional References (logged in members often see more)

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My Arcade Micro Player Sealed Bubble Bobble Video Game.

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Bubble Bobble (B/Romstar) Arcade Marquee/Sign (26" x 8")

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Bubble Bobble Arcade Instructions Card Sticker Decal

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