Our old friends Bub and Bob, the most badass, bubble-blowing dinosaurs of all time (well really, the only bubble-blowing dinosaurs) are back to take on some all new, redesigned adventures in the latest Bubble Bobble remake, Bubble Bobble Revolution. In addition to the Bubble Bobble New Age version (nothing good can come out of anything called "new age"), you can also play Classic version, a faithful reproduction of the arcade original.
The remake game tries to utilize the dual screens by splitting the level across the two screens, which proves more of a nuisance than an innovation. Often, you will find Bub's head in one screen and his feet in another, or unseen enemies shooting at you relentlessly from offscreen. In classic Bubble Bobble, there was something satisfying about each level being contained on one screen, and being able to attack the entire level strategically before moving to the next screen. By making the levels larger, you’re forced to scroll throughout the level, which ends up being more frustrating than anything, and takes away from the gameplay overall.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), a game-breaking bug at the third boss stage (mercifully) prevents you from playing past level 30. Every 10 levels you should encounter a boss, but on what should be the third boss stage, you find yourself in an empty room with no one to fight. All you can do is hop around, blowing bubbles impotently. The level doesn't even have any spikes or other obstacles with which to end your game, forcing you to eventually just turn off your DS in disgust.
True Bubble Bobble fans know that the real joy of Bubble Bobble came from getting together with your best buddy and cooperatively kicking some baddy ass through all 100 levels. In fact, in the NES version, it was impossible to get the "true ending" without 2 players defeating Super Drunk. Unfortunately, Bubble Bobble Revolution requires a separate Game Card for each player, so if you want to play with your friends you'll have to convince them to go out and buy this game, which is something a true friend would never do.
Diehard fans of the arcade or NES versions of Bubble Bobble may want to pick up this game to relive the classic action of the original. If you only want to replay the glory of the arcade version, and you have a friend to play with who's willing to purchase the game too, it may be worth the price. But if you're looking for a fresh new take on the old, bubble-blowing action you remember so fondly, Bubble Bobble Revolution just plain blows.