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Puzzle Bobble by BMan2
Game:Puzzle BobbleCompany:Taito
Type:PuzzlePlayers:1-2

Recipe for the day: Take two little dinosaurs, add some bubbles and stir well. Throw in a splash of colour and cuteness - and combine well with a generous dash of addictiveness. Bake it for a couple of minutes on high - and you have Puzzle Bobble.
Puzzle Bobble is possibly one of the most original concepts the gaming world has seen since a Russian said "Tetris?? - it's just a brick game innit????" Loved worldwide, Puzzle Bobble is one of the few puzzle games to stand the rigours of the arcade set - and is still a big dollar grabber 4 years after it's release.
The concept of Puzzle Bobble is simple. You take control of those two little dinosaurs Bob and Bub (ala Bubble Bobble fame - hence the name) and help them try to clear the path of coloured bubbles that lay before them. To do this, you must join three or more bubbles of the same colour - and they will fall to the ground - taking out anything that lies beneath it. You play in an enclosed playfield - which means that bubbles can be ricocheted off side walls for that extra tricky shot - or impossible angle. However , don't take too long - after 30 seconds - the bubbles start their downward spiral - and if they get to your dinosaur alter ego - it's curtains. Puzzle Bobble can be also be played by two players - this version a competitive romp where your discarded bubbles are transported onto the other players area. Not nice!
So what's the attraction?? Well - there's plenty. The graphics on Puzzle Bobble are of course cartoony (and well and truly in the Bubble series style) and slickly done. Look even closer at your characters - and you'll see some wonderful varying facial expressions from your dino pals - as they encounter various situations. Sound is also a strong point of the game - with the soundtrack blending in perfectly with the overall feel of the game. Perhaps the only MINOR downfall with the game - is your shooting noise - which is a rather high pitched "squeal" - which does tend to get a little bit annoying after a few rounds.
But who cares about technicalities, right? What the gamers want is playability - and loads of it - and not to disappoint - Puzzle Bobble delivers it with flying colours. Further to it's credit, Puzzle Bobble is able to appeal to all ages. The kiddies will enjoy the cute graphics and the well laid out sound. Arcade freaks on the other hand will revel in the challenge of progressively harder and harder levels - and the incerasingly furious action as you progress - and believe me - you'll be yelling at your little gun to go faster at some stage :). Finally, this is ONE arcade game that the older folks can get into - if only for the fact that you're NOT bashing/killing/maiming something in it - and it's just generally quite relaxing and fun!
Get the impression that I like this game? I think it's hard not to. Puzzle Bobble is a definite must have for ALL series game fans - if only for the absolute originality of the concept - and just a damn good arcade romp!
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Play Control
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Replay Value
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Performance
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