This month's game is Puzzle Bobble. This game is so addictive
that I have called it "the video game equivalent of crack". I
personally have lost more time than I care to admit to this
If you ever
played Bubble Bobble, you will instantly recognize the little
dinosaurs at the bottom of the screen. Those cute little dinos
are the ones that move your balloon gun back and forth. But this
game is not a Bubble Bobble clone or sequel, they merely make an
appearance. This game is more akin with a Tetris or any of the
other numerous clones. The gameplay is simple, extremely simple!
You have to take the balloon at the end of your gun and shoot it
at balloons that match the color. Do this and they disappear. Do
it enough times and you will clear the screen. Do this fast
enough and you will get bonus points and go to the next screen.
Get it? Good!
As you can already see, the point
of the game is to clear the screen and clear it as fast as
possible. If you clear the screen in 5 seconds or less, you get
50,000 points, and the amount goes down until it reaches zero
for too much time (usually over 60 seconds). So you better get
precise with your aim and take down those balloons or bubbles or
whatever they are.
Where the game gets tricky is
learning to use bank shots. It is both possible and necessary to
bounce the balloons off the way at an angle to get balloons. The
faster you master this skill, the better you will become. It
becomes quite necessary as sometimes this is the easiest way to
clear a screen. But put the piece in the wrong place and you may
end up covering a potential move. Also, make sure not to let the
pieces drop too far. If they reach the bottom, your game is
While one player is great, this
game really shines in two player mode! Grab a friend, spouse or
whoever and get ready for some serious playing! As you clear
space on your side, balloons will end up on your opponent's side
which will result in some serious aggravation for them (and a
possible snide remark or punch in the arm as my wife is known to
do). Nothing is more pleasant than hearing them complain loudly
how you just messed them up.
Puzzle Bobble is an extremely
addictive game and one that you will get your money's worth.
Whether it is a cart, at the arcade or on emulation, you need to
find and play this game. It is worth it! Just don't blame me for
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want
to check out ebay. Click below to see if you can find this