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Bubble Bobble

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Full titleBubble Bobble
Year of release1987
PublisherFirebird Software Ltd (UK)
Re-released byDro Soft (Spain)
Musical 1 S.A. (Spain)
The Hit Squad (UK)
Author(s)Software Creations (Mike Follin, Andrew R. Threlfall, Tim Follin)
Tie-in licenceTaito Corporation (Japan) (arcade coin-op: Bubble Bobble)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Number of players2 - simultaneous
ControlsKempston, Interface 2, Cursor, Redefineable keys
TypeArcade: Platform
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£7.95 (£12.95 for disk version)
1500 ptas.
Budget price£3.99
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeMultiple schemes (see individual downloads)
Additional infoAppeared on the compilation Rainbow Collection (Ocean Software Ltd)
Appeared on tape 2, side A of the compilation Taito Coin-Op Hits (Imagine Software Ltd)
Appeared on side A of covertape ACE issue 02 (A.C.E. [3])
Also listed on Wikipedia, Freebase and Lost in Translation
RemarksThere is also a Bubble Bobble Editor. V2 runs on the ZX Spectrum, V3 (see in additional material) is for Windows.
SeriesThis game belongs in the following series:
1. Bubble Bobble
2. Rainbow Islands
Other systemsThis title was also advertised for and/or published on the Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, MSX, NES and Sega Master System
Score 8.01 (169 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
FilenameSizeTypeOriginCodeBarcodeD.L.YearEncoding scheme
BubbleBobble.tzx.zip41,288(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release50124390110021987Firebird BleepLoad
BubbleBobble.dsk.zip32,142(+3 disk image)Original release1987
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Run on-line with a 128K Java Spectrum emulator BubbleBobble.tap.zip41,250((non-TZX) TAP tape image)1987
BubbleBobble(DroSoft).tzx.zip41,456(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-release2FI010M-40951-19871987Firebird BleepLoad
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Run on-line with a 128K Java Spectrum emulator BubbleBobble(Musical1S.A.).tzx.zip29,533(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-releaseM1J045M-1457-19921992None
BubbleBobble(TheHitSquad).tzx.zip36,918(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-releaseAC3050131564121721991SpeedLock 5

Additional material
BubbleBobble.gif4,493(Loading screen)
BubbleBobble.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
BubbleBobble.gif4,532(In-game screen)
BubbleBobble.txt2,031(English instructions)
BubbleBobble(DroSoft).pdf182,535(Spanish instructions)
BubbleBobble(Musical1S.A.).zip226,047(Scanned Spanish instructions)
BubbleBobble.png138,795(Game map)
BubbleBobble.jpg148,328(Cassette inlay)
BubbleBobble(DroSoft).jpg110,748(Re-release cassette inlay)
BubbleBobble(Musical1S.A.).jpg49,708(Re-release cassette inlay)
BubbleBobble(TheHitSquad).jpg91,773(Re-release cassette inlay)
BubbleBobble.ay.zip2,116(Ripped in-game and theme music in AY format)
BubbleBobble.mp3.zip4,636,949(Sampled in-game and theme music in MP3 format)
BBEv3r2.zip585,206(Archive file)

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Magazine references
Popular Computing Weekly7.87page 207(News/Note)
Sinclair User8.87page 89(Preview) [full page]
Crash9.87page 119(Preview) [full page]
Computer & Video Games9.87page 136(Preview) [full page]
ACE10.87page 9(News/Note) [full page]
ACE10.87page 56(Review - not a Spectrum article) [full page]
Crash10.87page 132(Review) [full page]
Computer & Video Games10.87page 14(Review) [full page]
Games Machine10.87page 66(Review) [full page]
Games Machine10.87page 67(Tips) [full page]
Sinclair User10.87page 105(Preview) [full page]
Your Sinclair10.87page 10(Preview) [full page]
ACE11.87page 20(CoverGame) [full page]
Sinclair User11.87page 50(Review) [full page]
ACE12.87page 24(Letter) [full page]
Crash12.87page 59(Hack/Poke) [full page]
ACE1.88page 137(News/Note) [full page]
Sinclair User1.88page 15(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Crash2.88page 40(Tips) [full page]
Games Machine2.88page 62(Review) [full page]
ACE3.88page 101(News/Note) [full page]
Your Sinclair3.88page 38(Tips) [full page]
ACE4.88page 113(News/Note) [full page]
ACE5.88page 105(News/Note) [full page]
Your Sinclair5.88page 30(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Games Machine6.88page 13(Tips) [full page]
ACE7.88page 31(Feature - Licence To Thrill?) [full page]
YS Smash Tips8.88page 8(Tips) [full page]
YS Smash Tips8.88page 8(Hack/Poke) [full page]
ACE10.88page 9(News/Note) [full page]
Your Sinclair9.88page 41(Tips) [full page]
ACE10.88page 43(Tips) [full page]
ACE10.88page 43(Feature - 100 Top Games) [full page]
Crash11.88page 56(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Crash12.88page 44(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Your Sinclair12.88page 33(Hack/Poke) [full page]
ACE3.89page 82(News/Note) [full page]
Your Sinclair5.89page 36(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Computer & Video Games7.89page 26(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Sinclair User1.90page 15(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Your Sinclair2.91page 37(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Sinclair User5.91page 18(Hack/Poke) [full page]
Crash8.91page 49(Tips) [full page]
Crash9.91page 60(Review) [full page]
Computer & Video Games9.91page 85(Review) [full page]
New Computer Express9.91page 162(News/Note)
Your Sinclair9.91page 56(Review) [full page]
New Computer Express10.91page 260(Review)
New Computer Express10.91page 334(Hack/Poke)
Sinclair User10.91page 17(Tips) [full page]
Sinclair User2.92page 13(Hack/Poke) [full page]
MicroHobby2.88page 41(Nuevo)[full page]
MicroHobby4.88page 69(Tokes)[full page]

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ACE10.87page 49(Full-page ad) [full page]
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Sinclair User10.87page 33(Full-page ad) [full page]
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