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List of Games Like Bubble Bobble




List started by: StarTrekWarsGateOcean
List contributors: L-Lists, Nanami, patitopotato, StarTrekWarsGateOcean
Date started: 2013-06-06
Last updated: 2019-12-26
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Description:

A list of games similar to Bubble Bobble. A game should only be included in the list if it satisfies all of the following criteria:
- The game is a 2D platformer.
- The action within a single level, should all occur within a single screen i.e. you can see the entire level you are on (rather than scroll to other parts of the level).
- Most of the enemies should be defeated indirectly or in two or more actions. For example, in Bubble Bobble most enemies were defeated by first trapping them in bubbles, followed by popping the bubbles.





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1. Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble was released on arcade in 1986 and eventually became available on many platforms including NES, Sega Master System, Nintendo Gameboy, Amiga and the Commodore 64. The player(s) control a dinosaur/dragon creature that spits out bubbles. Monsters are typically defeated by first trapping them in bubbles, and then popping the bubbles. The defeated monsters leave behind items to be collected for points.


2. Bubble Bobble Part 2

Bubble Bobble Part 2

Bubble Bobble Part 2 was released on the NES and Nintendo Gameboy in 1993.


3. Bubble Symphony

Bubble Symphony

Bubble Symphony was released on arcade and the Sega Saturn in 1994 and 1997 respectively.


4. Bubble Memories- The Story of Bubble Bobble III

Bubble Memories- The Story of Bubble Bobble III

Bubble Memories was released on arcade in 1995.


5. Bubble Bobble Plus!

Bubble Bobble Plus!

Bubble Bobble Plus, also known as Bubble Bobble Wii, was released on the Nintendo Wii (as a WiiWare game) in 2009. It has the standard mode (a recreation of the original arcade version of Bubble Bobble), and the arrange mode (100 new levels, new features, and allows up to four players).


6. Parasol Stars

Parasol Stars

Parasol Stars was released on a variety of platforms in 1991 and 1992. The playable character has an umbrella which is used to accumulate water drops, and then flick those water drops at monsters to stun them. The stunned monsters can also be picked up by the umbrella and launched at other monsters to defeat them.


7. Wani Wani World

Wani Wani World

Wani Wani World, also known as Trouble World and Ageo Nara, was released on the Sega Megadrive / Sega Genesis in 1992. In Wani Wani World, the player controls a crocodile armed with a giant mallet. The mallet isn’t used to defeat the monsters directly. The mallet is used to smash the ground below, the monsters then fall and get stuck in the gaps, and then the monsters can be smashed by the mallet. Defeated monsters release stars, which defeat other monsters that come in contact with it.


8. Snow Bros

Snow Bros

Snow Bros was released on arcade in 1990 and was eventually released on other platforms, including the NES, Nintendo Gameboy, and Sega Megadrive / Sega Genesis. Enemy monsters can be trapped into giant snow balls by repeatedly throwing snow at them. The monsters are typically defeated by being thrown while trapped in a snow ball, or being hit by a thrown snow ball. Monsters defeated by being hit by thrown snow balls drop items to be collected.


9. Snow Bros. 2 - With New Elves

Snow Bros. 2 - With New Elves

Snow Bros 2: With New Elves, was released on arcade in 1994.


10. Don Doko Don

Don Doko Don

Don Doko Don was released on arcade in 1989, and later released on the NES and Turbo Grafix 16 in 1990. To defeat the enemy monsters, they have to first be squashed flat by the playable character’s mallet and then picked up and thrown. Monsters can also be defeated by throwing other monsters into them.


11. Fairyland Story

Fairyland Story

Fairyland Story was released on arcade in 1985, and later released on the MSX and Sharp X68000. Enemy monsters are defeated by first turning them into cakes, and then pushing them over the edge of the platform.


12. Mario Bros.

Mario Bros.

Mario Bros. was released on arcade in 1983 and later on other platforms. Enemy monsters are defeated by having Mario head-butt the platform they are standing on (which knocks the enemy on their back), and then running into them.


13. Mr. Do!'s Castle

Mr. Do!'s Castle

Mr. Do!'s Castle was released on arcade in 1983, and on Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Commodore 64, Colecovision, and MSX in 1984. The playable character is armed with a mallet, but cannot use it to defeat the monsters directly. The mallet is used to hit the platforms below, which makes the platform fall. A monster is defeated if it is hit by a falling platform.


14. Pop’n Magic

Pop’n Magic

Pop’n Magic was released on the Turbo CD in 1992. Monsters are defeated by first turning them into spheres (by shooting them), and then shooting the spheres.


15. RodLand

RodLand

RodLand was released on Amiga, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, and Sinclair ZX81/Spectrum in 1991, and was later released on the Nintendo Gameboy and NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). In Rodland, enemy monsters are defeated by stunning them and then throwing them side-to-side. The playable character can create ladders to reach higher platforms.


16. Space Panic

Space Panic

Space Panic was released on arcade in 1980, and on Colecovision in 1983. Enemy monsters are defeated by first digging a hole in the ground below and then burying the monsters when they fall into the hole.


17. Super Methane Bros

Super Methane Bros

Super Methane Bros was released on Amiga and the Amiga CD32 in 1994. Enemy monsters are defeated by trapping them in a cloud of gas (by shooting them), sucking them up (with the weapon) and then shooting them out (potentially killing other monsters that collide with it).


18. Nightmare in the Dark

Nightmare in the Dark

Nightmare in the Dark was released on arcade in 2000. It is similar to Snow Bros, except that the enemy monsters are turned into balls of fire, rather than trapped in giant snow balls.


19. Zupapa!

Zupapa!

Zupapa was released on arcade in 2001. The player controls a monster which is followed by several other smaller monsters. Enemies are defeated by throwing the smaller monsters at them. The defeated enemies release stars, which would defeat other enemies which come in contact with them.


20. Ultra Balloon

Ultra Balloon

A game very similar to Bubble Bobble, where you control a penguin. The penguin can trap monsters in the bubbles it spits out, and then defeat the trapped enemies by popping the bubbles.


21. Diet Go Go

Diet Go Go

Enemy monsters are defeated by first fattening them up (by repeatedly throwing food at them), and then jumping at them while they are fat and floating. Enemies which are about to die will bounce around the screen, potentially hitting other enemies.


22. Tumble Pop

Tumble Pop

The playable character has a vacuum cleaner that is used for vacuuming up the monsters. A bundle of vacuumed monsters can then be spit out, defeating any other monsters it comes into contact with. The more monsters that get vacuumed up, the bigger the bundle.


23. Chip-chan Kick

Chip-chan Kick

The playable character is followed around by a ball with eyes. Monsters are knocked out by throwing the ball at them, and can then be defeated by kicking them. Kicked monsters can potentially hit (and defeat) other monsters.


24. YoYo's Puzzle Park

YoYo's Puzzle Park

YoYo's Puzzle Park (also known as Gussun Paradise) was released on the PS1 in Japan and Europe (and PAL countries outside of Europe), in 1996 and 1999 respectively. There are two types of monsters: bomb monsters and ordinary monsters. To clear a stage, all of the ordinary monsters must be defeated. Ordinary monsters are defeated, by setting off the bomb monsters to explode in their vicinity. The playable character can stun ordinary monsters by shooting them, and then shift them by picking them up and throwing them.


25. Puff and Po and the Empress Treasures

Puff and Po and the Empress Treasures

Puff and Po and the Empress’s Treasures is a single screen platform game create by indie developer Polacka Games, Enemies are defeated by throwing multiple projectiles at them. When a enemy is destroyed you can create a chain reaction and earn extra points.


26. Ultra Balloon

Ultra Balloon

A Bubble Bobble clone with a penguin.


27. Pang

Pang

In the game Pang (also known as Pomping World, and Buster Bros.), the player controls a man with a harpoon gun that shoots vertically. The main enemies are bouncing balls that split into two after each time they are hit (except for the smallest size, which disappears). There are other enemies (such as birds and crabs), however unlike the balls, defeating them isn't necessary to complete a level. After being hit, enemies sometimes drop items such as weapon power-ups, points items, or items which trigger an effect e.g. the clock item causes every enemy to freeze for a while.


28. Bomb Jack

Bomb Jack

In Bomb Jack, the levels are cleared by collecting all the bombs. During a level, when enough bombs are collected (but not enough to complete a level), the enemies will turn into coins (which can be collected for points) and power-ups. If uncollected, the coins will turn back into monsters.


29. The Caverns of Hammerfest

The Caverns of Hammerfest

A French indie game (available online as a freemium browser game) where the player controls a snowman. The snowman can throw snow bombs, which upon exploding, traps the enemy monsters in an ice cube. If the ice cube slides into a hole at the bottom of the screen, the monster dies and items appear. If the ice cube just sits there, the cube eventually thaws and the monster escapes. The bottom of the screen is lethal to the snowman, unless the level has been completed.

Hammerfest - English language website
Hammerfest - French language website


30. Joe & Mac Returns

Joe & Mac Returns

Joe & Mac Returns was released on arcade in 1994. The player controls a caveman, who defeats his enemies by first hitting them with his club, then bagging them, and then throwing the bag (which can hit and kill other enemies). Enemies drop items (points and power-ups) and so do rescued cave-girls.


31. Saboten Bombers

Saboten Bombers

Saboten Bombers was released on arcade in 1992. The player controls a cactus man, that can throw exploding balls. When a ball is thrown, it bounces, and gathers up enemies as it travels. The balls explode, killing the gathered enemies, if it collides with a wall. The defeated enemies drop items (including power-ups).


32. Robbotto

Robbotto

Robbotto is an indie game where the playable characters and enemies are robots. Enemies are defeated by first shooting them with an electrifier, followed by shooting them with a blue ray gun. Upon defeating all of the enemies in a level, the enemies drop items to collect, and a portal to the next level appears.


33. Bubble Bobble Double Shot

Bubble Bobble Double Shot

Bubble Bobble Double Shot was released in 2007 for the Nintendo DS.


34. Bubble Bobble For Kakao

Bubble Bobble For Kakao

Bubble Bobble For Kakao was released in 2015 for Japan and South Korea only, and was shut down in 2019.


35. Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a Bubble Bobble game released for the Nintendo Switch. It is a game for up to four players.


36. Bang Bang Busters

Bang Bang Busters

Bang Bang Busters was released in 2000. The enemies are defeated by first inflating them (with a projectile attack), and then throwing them at other enemies. The inflated enemies can also used by the playable characters to float upwards.


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