********************************************* The Puzzle Bobble 2 / Bust-A-Move Again FAQ version 1.1 (arcade) by Carl Chavez (carl@bubandbob.com) last updated 21 November 1997 ********************************************* Please e-mail updates and corrections to carl@bubandbob.com PB2/BAMA is the sequel to Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-Move (PB/BAM), a game by Taito in which the famous dragons, Bub and Bob, play a puzzle game. PB2/BAMA is very similar to the original game. To recap: * a group of differently-colored bubbles are above the dragons * the dragons control a catapult * when at least three bubbles of the same color are adjacent to each other, they pop and all bubbles connected to them and to no others fall PB2/BAMA has the following play differences: * there are stone blocks which cannot be destroyed * there are solid bubbles which cannot be popped, only dropped * there are two special weapons: * the bowling ball, which destroys all bubbles in its path up to the top of the screen * the gem, which destroys all bubbles of the color of the bubble that hit it * certain levels have a play area twice as wide as normal * there is a vs. computer mode * like many Taito games, you can now pick a path to follow as you progress through the game * like many Taito games, you can choose from the normal game or a special game This FAQ is for the arcade version. There is a Saturn FAQ. See the Puzzle Bobble 2 page at http://www.bubandbob.com to find the Saturn FAQ. ********* SCORING ********* Like PB/BAM, each bubble is worth 10 points when it pops. There is a bonus for dropped bubbles as follows: Dropped Bubbles Pts Dropped Bubbles Pts 1 20 9 5120 2 40 10 10240 3 80 11 20480 4 160 12 41960 5 320 13 81920 6 640 14 163840 7 1280 15 327680 8 2560 16 655360 17 1310720 Unlike PB/BAM, there is a way to get more than 1.31 million points. It is sometimes possible to get 2621440, 5242880, or even 10485760 points! To do this: * you need 17 or more bubbles. * one of these bubbles must touch exactly one bubble of a group (like a pair) of similarly colored bubbles. * The bubble that pops the similarly colored group of bubbles must not touch the group of 17 or more bubbles. Does not work: Does work: X X X A B C X Y A B C Y D E D E F G H F G H etc. etc. There is also a time bonus. The faster you finish a level, the more points you get. The time bonus is 10x the values from PB/BAM, so <5 seconds nets a 500000 pt bonus. ******* CODES ******* There seems to be only one code so far in PB2/BAMA. * Fire <- -> Fire This will cause a Drunk to appear at the bottom of the screen in PB2. In BAMA, the screen will turn gray. You can now play what is called "Another World". The levels in this world are similar to the normal levels, but the differences do make the levels more difficult. ******** LEVELS ******** Is anybody actually willing to make ASCII maps of all 220 normal and Another World boards?! ********* CREDITS ********* Betz Bar and Grill for being the only known place in Seattle, WA where BAMA was. ************* FINAL NOTES ************* This document copyright© (C) 1996 Carl Chavez. This document may be distributed freely, but may not be sold in any form.