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Puzzle Bobble 4 - May 26, '01 by Dorsola
Game:Puzzle Bobble 4Company:Taito
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

The fourth and most recent (not known if it's the final) installment in the Puzzle Bobble series is Puzzle Bobble 4. This game, like its predecessor, brings a few new challenges and yet another cast of characters - along with our old friends, the bubble-blowing dragons. Rich in graphic detail and featuring a few nice tunes in the background, this game presents a nice finale to the series... or at least, a good stopping point before the next one comes out.
As I mentioned, in addition to the stuff we saw in Puzzle Bobble 3, PB4 adds a couple of new things to the puzzle mix. In the puzzle games, we can now play in extra-wide levels, and some of the levels feature groups of bubbles on ropes or chains, which must be balanced at all times or else will fall closer to the bottom edge of your playfield! (These levels are accompanied by a cool theme song that I like to call "Tipping the Scales", though I have no idea if that's what it's actually named.) The vs. CPU mode features not only new characters, but a fairly simple plot: The world's sunlight has been stolen and made into rainbow bubbles that have been scattered across the galaxy - you have to collect them and then go defeat the ... thing, whatever it is, that stole them in the first place.
*ahem* okay... so, that's that. Oh! I almost forgot to mention, the vs. CPU and multiplayer modes also have a new feature! When you cause bubbles to fall off the bottom, some of them may come back up and pop other groups of bubbles automatically! This auto-attack feature can be very powerful, sometimes devastating to your opponent, but the game remains very nicely balanced because it works the same way on both sides.
Fun to play. And the graphics and sound are right up there with PB3 - high quality and nicely detailed. Most of the time, the music will stay playing in the background as you progress from stage to stage - the main theme is several minutes long, so it'll keep things interesting. The style of music is reminiscent of something along the lines of Perrey & Kingsley - the group most famous for creating the original theme song that Disney used for its Main Street Electrical Parade. Unfortunately, the sound in PB4, like PB3, isn't fully or properly emulated yet - the sound tends to fall apart in MAME, and some sounds are missing or staticky in Raine.
The same good old control system (joystick and button) is used in this game - you really can't go wrong with it - and the new features and more than 200 challenging puzzles make for a top-notch replay value! Even though its performance isn't all that great (yet), this game will keep you busy for hours. =)
Graphics
10
8
Sound
Play Control
10
10
Challenge
Replay Value
10
5
Performance

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