*revision 3.0*

Type: Puzzle (duh)  Format: Dreamcast  Origin: Japanese

Chances are if you've picked up an import copy of Puzzle Bobble 4, that 
already a fan of the series, and you've got a pretty good idea on how to 
the game. I might come back and expand this into a full FAQ covering the new
gameplay elements, hidden characters etc later on, but for now I'll just 
to menu translations and quick mode explanations, because the amount of 
flying about can get fiddly.

If you have any questions, comments or corrections, please send them to me 
ranma_27@hotmail.com. Thanks, enjoy the game and remember, to quote a 
at IGN-DC, Bub and Bob own you!


26/03/00: Added translation and basic usage of the level editor (section 6).
25/03/00: Added details of the continue option in Story Puzzle Mode (section 
          Re-explained Totokon Mode (section 3).
22/03/00: Wrote basic menu translations and mode details.


1. Main Menu Translation
2. Puzzle Modes Menu
3. 1P Versus Modes Menu
4. 2P Versus Mode
5. Challenge Mode
6. Level Editor
7. Options Menu
8. Internet
9. Credits & Thanks

1. Main Menu Translation

Here are the various game choices, as they appear on the main menu screen:

Puzzle Mode(s)

1 Player Versus Mode(s)

2 Player Versus Mode

Challenge Mode

Level Editor



2. Puzzle Modes Menu

Once you've selected Puzzle Mode from the main menu, you'll be presented 
four options, which are:

1P Puzzle:

         The traditional Puzzle Bobble puzzle mode, with an alphabetical map
         of stages, with two route options to choose from between each set 
         puzzles. Plenty of replay value here :)

Story Puzzle:

         A new mode that's less rigid than the traditional puzzle game.
         Here you use the cursor to move around a pictoral map and choose
         each set of puzzles you want to attempt. Each set of puzzles you
         complete will win you a tarot card, and beating several sets will
         open up more locations on the map, until you've won the entire
         pack of cards. The sheer number of rounds you have to win to
         complete this mode means you'll be glad that the game allows you
         to quit and come back later and carry on from the last set of 
         you attempted. To do so though you MUST remember to save your game
         (or better yet, leave 'auto-save' switched on in the options). The
         next time you start this mode and picked a character you'll be 
         two options; the top one will start the map fresh and the bottom
         option will allow you to continue where you left off.

User's Puzzles:

         That's not a direct translation of the mode name, but it describes
         it pretty well. 231 levels contributed by Japanese Puzzle Bobble
         fans. After choosing your character, you'll be taken to the game
         screen where you can choose the level number you want to start 
         When you win or lose that puzzle, you'll be shown a menu with four
         choices, these are:

         Play Same Level Again

         Play The Next Level

         Quit Back To Main Puzzle Menu

         Level Select (back to the puzzle number choice menu)

How To Play:

         A short demonstration of how to play the game, showing tactics and
         which buttons do what.

3. One Player Versus Modes Menu

Selecting 1 Player Versus Modes from the main menu gives you these three 

Story Versus:

         First choose your difficulty - left is easy (5 rounds only), middle
         is the default normal setting, and right is hard - and your 
         Now you'll automatically be moved around the map going head to head 
         a selection of the other characters - features short cutscenes with 
         two contenders chatting to, or taunting, each other between rounds. 
         tough challenge to complete.

Tokoton Mode:

         This seems a be a dual purpose mode. On one hand it's a no-nonsense
         survival game, and on the other it's designed to allow you to find
         the game's hidden characters - or at least most of them. 
         you pick a character and then play versus rounds against each of 
         of the cast until one of them beats you. You will go up against not
         only the basic characters, but also most of the 'hidden' players. 
         you've beaten of these guys (or girls), they'll be added to your 
         in all other game modes (except Story Versus Mode).

         If you lose and don't continue, you'll see a screen with a jumbled
         picture of your chosen character, which will then unjumble 
         to the number of consecutive wins you managed. You will need to win
         16 rounds without a continue to fully unjumble the picture. You can
         have played more rounds before losing, which will obviously give 
         a better score, but you only need to hit the magic 16 to finish the
         picture. So...what do you get for managing this? Well, I still 
         know for sure, but I have a new and pretty solid theory. When you
         play through this mode, you'll only find and unlock 14 of the 16
         possible characters, and I have a hunch that you'll need to 
         each of those 14's pictures to gain the final two puzzle-bobblers.
         Obviously I'll update as soon as I know for sure...and if any one
         beats me to it, please drop me a line so I can add the info.

How To Play:

         Another rolling tutorial for beginners to get the basic idea of 

4. Two Player Versus Mode

No problems here, just both pick a character and a starting level and off 
you go.
Just don't forget to keep an eye on the clock (the one in your house dummy) 
you won't miss work, school, pizza delivery, that concert you've been 
looking forward
to for months etc etc...

5. Challenge Mode

Mmm. I like this one. You choose a character to take on 5 sets of 5 puzzles. 
you complete (or indeed fail - the game progresses even if you lose some 
each set of 5 you will be graded on speed, scoring and accuracy etc and 
given a
rank (and one of various medals, or even trophies if you're really good). 
These 5
ranks are then totted up to become your final grading at the end of all 25 
The one part of the game I really wish I could read easily; not 'cos you 
need to...
just because I'm annoyingly competitive and I'd like to have a better idea 
how I
was doing. The main scores are shown as graphical bars though...so it's 
pretty easy
to gauge. And obviously the bigger and shinier the awards you receive, the 

6. The Level Editor

Ok. The section I've been dreading...the level editor. It's actually not 
fiddly once you know what's what, but I still wasn't looking forward to 
it up. Edit Mode allows you to create your very own version of the 25 round
Challenge Mode. If my translations are confusing I apologise, but the editor
doesn't lend itself to easy explanation. Those who've used previous 
editors will find this has all the same options, although they're in a 
order on the menu to previous english-based editions of the game.

When selected from the main menu, you'll be presented with two options, 
these are:

   Edit Mode

   Play Mode

Ignore the play mode for now unless you want the world's shortest round of 
Bobble, because empty grids are no fun. Once you've created your rounds with 
editor, that's the option you'll want to choose to play them. When you enter 
editor you'll see an empty Puzzle Bobble grid and a lone flashing cursor 
with which
you can place your various blocks and objects. Use the L and R triggers to 
the object you want to work with. Pressing A places the selected object, 
Pressing B
removes the object under the cursor arrow, and Pressing X will bring up the 
menu (well, it's scary if you can't read Japanese). Pressing B will close 
the menu
again. In the menu itself, A advances and B takes you back a step. The menu 
are as follows:

   Random Color: This is where you choose which colors of random beads will 
be active
                 during the round. Simply move the little kiwi cursor to the 
bead you
                 want to change and select on or off. Simple.

   Clear Screen: Ask if you want to clear the whole puzzle currently 
selected. The top
                 option is YES, and the bottom is NO.

   Field Size:   Chooses the arena size. Top option is the standard tall and 
                 style, while the bottom option gives you the much-wider 

   Round Select: Choose which of the 25 rounds you want to create or edit, 
                 pushing up or down.

   Data Change   Two handy options, but they can be tricky if you don't pay 
   & Copy:       to what you're doing - actually it strikes me that these 
options could
                 be tricky to keep track of even in their native language. 
My advice is
                 just to edit on the map you want, and ignore using these 
unless you
                 really have to.

                 The first (top) option is DATA COPY (which allows you to 
copy one round's
                 data to another. Select the option, then choose the number 
of the round
                 you want to copy (you'll hear a beep). Now select the 
number of the
                 round you want to copy it to (another beep), then choose 
either YES (top)
                 or NO (bottom), and you're done.

                 The second option is DATA SWAP, and this allows you to swap 
one round's
                 position with another i.e. if you wanted round 25 to be 
become round 1
                 and vice versa. For this you need to have the round you 
want to swap
                 selected on-screen BEFORE you pick the swap option, then 
you simply
                 choose the number of the round you want to swap it with, 
then choose
                 YES (top) to go ahead, or NO (bottom) to cancel. Why they 
                 just give you the double number choosing method of the copy 
option I
                 don't know...but it's a bit of a pain in the butt as is.

   Test Play:    Allows you to play the currently selected round to test how 
                 it works (or doesn't). Once you've won or lost, you'll see 
                 options; the top allows you to play the round again and the 
                 takes you back to the editor.

   Load & Save:  The place to go to store all hard work on your VMU. The two 
                 here are LOAD (top) and SAVE (bottom), followed by a yes/no 
                 YES (top) and NO (bottom).

   Back to Menu: Takes you back to the main Edit Mode menu screen.

7. Options Menu

Yay! It's all in english, so you'll be fine. If you're having trouble here 
shouldn't be playing games, let alone importing them. One piece of advice;
enable the auto-save option, otherwise it's all to easy to play for hours 
turn the machine off without remembering all your earned goodies and scores.

8. Internet

As with many Japanese puzzle games, gamers can upload scores etc to impress 
friends and annoy their enemies. The whole system is obviously entirely 
based (and why not, it's a Japanese game after all), so it's doubtful if 
many of
us import-heads will ever try to fathom it out. Saying that, if my scores 
get great, I might look into it and I'll be sure to update this document 
with the
details if I do. Equally, if anyone else does, and wants to share it with 
the group
then drop me a line and I'll add your info here and give you one of those 
whizzy credits at the bottom of the page.

9. Credits & Thanks

Thanks to the following:

Taito for getting the Puzzle Bobble ball rolling way back in '94. Cyber 
Front for
making this fourth edition the best yet. Sega for making sure the Dreamcast 
was just
as handy at the 2D stuff as the 3D (even if it now means I have one less 
reason to
dust my Saturn off every few months now). Acclaim for getting non-importing 
hooked on the series (we'll even forgive the fact that Bust-A-Move is a 
truly sucky
name change). Anyone who has ever had to sit through my complaints as they 
beat me
at the game 2 player...or my gloating as I whupped their monkey-butts. Oh, 
and Sally
at Games Room for accidentally ordering the copy of the game that I ended up 
with -
and giving me some work so I could actually afford to buy it from her.