Superb pair of classic platformers
The original Bubble Bobble is a true arcade classic that has actually stood the test of time extremely well, but the lesser known sequel that is included here also makes for supremely entertaining gaming as it brings a whole new feel to things, while remaining true in spirit to its predecessor. The first game is a simple enough single screen platformer, where one or two players take on the role of Bub and Bob bounce their way around a series of levels, catching various monsters with their unique bubble blowing abilities. Once caught in this fashion, the bubbles can then be popped to rack up the points, but leave it too long and they will just escape to cause you an even bigger headache. The sequel mixes things up completely and sees Bub and Bob in their human forms exploring a set of vertically scrolling levels. While the monster catching fun is similar, the twist here is that Bub and Bob can now cast magical rainbows to deal with their enemies. The rainbows have two uses, one being as platforms which can be used to get around, but when they are jumped on, they tumble down the screen, trapping any monsters as they fall. Both games feature plenty of colourful graphics and super cute monsters, and are simply brimming over with personality and charm. However, don't let their appealing visuals fool you as there is a lot of challenge to be found here. The first game features a simultaneous two-player mode which is the best way to play, although Rainbow Islands is sadly restricted to alternate play. However, even in single player mode both games remain ridiculously entertaining, and are perfect for the fans of Bomberman and the like. Check out the even lesser known sequel Parasol Stars too, while New Zealand Story is an equalling entertaining platformer.