Review

Review: Bubble Bobble 4 Friends has charm but little value

A much-loved series makes a comeback, but at what cost?

Game director
Tsuyoshi Tozaki
Key Credits
Kazuhiko Ninomiya (Art director), Hidetake Iyomasa (Level designer)

A charming and entertaining resurrection for a much-loved retro series, with a fun multiplayer mode and clever level design. It’s a very short adventure, though, which makes its premium price point difficult to justify.

  • That classic Bubble Bobble gameplay is as compelling as ever
  • Beautiful music and a striking visual design
  • The inclusion of the arcade original is a nice bonus
  • Its 100 stages are over in a couple of hours
  • Far too expensive for what’s on offer here
3 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch
Game director
Tsuyoshi Tozaki
Key Credits
Kazuhiko Ninomiya (Art director), Hidetake Iyomasa (Level designer)

A charming and entertaining resurrection for a much-loved retro series, with a fun multiplayer mode and clever level design. It’s a very short adventure, though, which makes its premium price point difficult to justify.

  • That classic Bubble Bobble gameplay is as compelling as ever
  • Beautiful music and a striking visual design
  • The inclusion of the arcade original is a nice bonus
  • Its 100 stages are over in a couple of hours
  • Far too expensive for what’s on offer here
3 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch