Puzzle Bobble is a game that has appeared on just about every format
ever and it's now available on the Neo Geo Pocket Color. The objective
of this game is simple fire bubbles up, match three together
and they will disappear.
The game includes several different modes. These are:
Puzzle: Work through one hundred increasingly harder levels, clear the
screen to move onto the next.
Survivor: Keep going for as long as you can until the screen fills up,
trying to get a high a score as possible. Points are given for every
bubble popped, there are bonuses for clearing many at once or completely
clearing the screen. Bubbles keep on appearing until you lose the game,
speeding up steadily.
Vs-CPU: Play against the computer to in a split screen, bubbles popped
on one side move to the other. Both players keep going until either
screen fills up. This mode features different characters to play against.
The differences are not just graphical as each character plays on a
different screen and at different speeds and "intelligence".
Vs-Player: Like VS-CPU except you play against another human, instead
of the CPU using another Neo Geo and a link cable.
This game is great fun and it is perfect to big up for a quick go whenever
you have a few minutes spare, on the bus, train or wherever. I play
most of the modes quite often (except for Vs-Player as I have no friends
with NGPs yet they will be persuaded in due time). VS-CPU is
best for quick blasts especially on the easier difficult levels
at the easiest you can win in less than a minute. Puzzle mode is also
quick on the earlier levels, though the later levels can last quite
a while. Survivor games can last a long time I've played for
over half an hour so you need a fair bit of spare time if you
want to do well without having to quit the game.
Puzzle Bobble's graphics aren't brilliant though it is usually easy
to see what's going on. The only problem I've had is the colours can
look similar in dim light, which can be very annoying if it causes you
to lose the game. The sound in this game is not great, though it is
reasonable. It has nice happy music that isn't annoying, like in other
games. The sound effects are fairly basic, with just sounds for the
bubbles firing, popping and bouncing.
Though the graphics are simplistic, Puzzle Bobble Mini is a great puzzle
game. It's perfect for whenever you have a few minutes spare, though
it can get a bit repetitive. An essential purchase for puzzle fans and
recommended for anyone else.
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