Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back! The Barons Workshop Review (Steam)

We are back with our Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back! The Barons Workshop Review, The popular dragon’s Bub and Bob are back again! Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back! The Barons Workshop is the latest game in the legendary Bubble Bobble series from Taito.

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back! The Barons Workshop Review Pros:

  • Nice cartoon-like graphics.
  • 1.14GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Supports the controller and keyboard.
  • Graphics – fullscreen and resolution.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller.
  • Two control layouts.
  • Simple controls to learn.
  • Two game types – Bubble Bobble 4 Friends and The Barons Workshop.
  • Gameplay-trap enemies in bubbles then pop them to eliminate them.
  • How to play section for both modes.
  • Classic soundtrack.
  • Four-player local support.
  • Memory album-watch unlocked cutscenes and intros.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Power ups-earn and assign before playing. It can be things like speed bubbles or timed bomb bubbles.
  • Barons Workshop is a level creator using a simple grid-like system and you can upload and share levels.
  • Easy to quit to menu and swap game style.
  • You unlock new items for Barons Workshop by playing Bubble Bobble 4 Friends and getting certain clear conditions met.
  • Customisation-earn/wear new costumes.
  • Each area on the map is 10 levels and a boss fight.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Combo “chain” counter.
  • Unlimited continues/level restarts.
  • Invincibility-get game over 3 times on the one level to get a choice to turn invincibility on.
  • Bubbles-bounce on, pop by jumping down.
  • Puzzle elements throughout.
  • Easy to learn.
  • It contains the original Bubble Bobble 8 bit version.
  • Collect EXTEND across the levels for new powerups and earn 1-3 stars for the levels.
  • Fun to play.
  • Solid gameplay.
  • Levels contain special effect bubbles and interactions.
  • Can skip cutscenes.
  • Barons Workshop lets you create a level using background themes, blocks, wind and wind direction, spawn point for each character, enemies, fruit, and clear times.

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back! The Barons Workshop Review Cons:

  • One hit deaths.
  • Uploading levels are very basic with no filters/tags or criteria like being able to finish the level.
  • Some bad-level designs.
  • Can’t save progress mid-level.
  • You have to use the keyboard to quit the game regardless of using a controller or not.
  • Barons Workshop is clunky to use with a controller.
  • On bigger levels, the camera pans right out and makes it really hard to see.
  • Minimal graphic settings.
  • It’s the same main game as before.

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back! The Barons Workshop:

Official website.

Developer: TAITO CORPORATION

Publisher: TAITO CORPORATION

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Steam

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Bubble Bobble is back but not as you know it! So it keeps the core gameplay of catching enemies in bubbles then popping them for a score, but they add in special power bubbles like bombs and the like. It makes the gameplay a little more differently with an almost puzzle overtone to it. Levels grow in size and skill as you progress and boss fights are a nice addition if a bit infuriating. For the lesser skilled player, the invincibility perk is nice and you have no repercussions from using it. In what feels like a bargaining chip of sorts, you do have the original Bubble Bobble in all its 8-bit glory available from the off. Multiplayer adds a bit more life to the game but with no way to save progress mid-level and the generally slow pace of it all, Bubble Bobble is indeed back but just not how you remember it at all. The review is the same as before in terms of the Bubble Bobble 4 Friends part, Barons Workshop is a powerful level creator that requires a lot of work. What I mean is to maximise a level you need to unlock the items by playing the main game and that can take a while, it’s good on one hand as it gives more incentive to play but on the flip side its bad as you need to play so much of the game. Overall its a more complete package and the one to go for if you haven’t got the stand alone game beforehand.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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