Bubble Bobble 4 Friends:The Baron Is Back! Review (PlayStation 4)
The popular dragon’s Bub and Bob are back! Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the latest game in the legendary Bubble Bobble series from Taito.
- Nice graphics.
- 1.14GB download size.
- Platinum trophy.
- Two control layouts.
- Simple controls.
- Gameplay-trap enemies in bubbles then pop them to eliminate them.
- How to play pop up and section.
- Classic soundtrack.
- Four-player local support.
- Memory album-watch unlocked cutscenes and intros.
- Power ups-earn and assign before playing. It can be things like speed bubbles or timed bomb bubbles.
- 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.
- One hit deaths.
- Some bad level designs.
- Can’t save progress mid-level.
- No online leaderboards.
- On bigger levels, the camera pans right out and makes it really hard to see.
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Sound - 7/107/10
- Accessibility - 7/107/10
- Length - 7/107/10
- Fun Factor - 8/108/10
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.