To Each Their Own Rainbow – Nintendo Entertainment System – Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 – 1991

RAINBOW ISLANDS: THE STORY OF BUBBLE BOBBLE 2
Nintendo Entertainment System
Taito
(c) 1991
Genre: Action Platformer

It’s common knowledge in the video game world that if a game does well- let’s face it, well enough- it will warrant a sequel of some kind. Sometimes, the second game in a series will keep the exact formula of the originator. This can result in a boring romp through the ‘same crap, different color’ motif (unless you’re Mega Man). Sometimes, the game will stray so far from it’s source that the double take will snap necks. On occasion, though, some games will find their sequel to be a good mix of both. While it may be a good mix, does that make a good game, though? That’s what Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 will show us.

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Just Keep Looking Up – Bubble Bobble – Nintendo Entertainment System – 1988

Bubble Bobble (U)_001

BUBBLE BOBBLE
Nintendo Entertainment System
Taito
(c) 1988
Genre: Adventure Platformer

Sometimes, a great game comes along that generations to come will plant themselves in front of and play for hours, despite inane length, recycled ideas, and the occasional cheap moments the game can give. Do those elements make a bad game? Usually. In the case of Bubble Bobble, though, it was the right formula for success. Continue reading