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What the Game’s About
Bubble Bobble Double Shot is a brand new game from the classic arcade stand-by from Taito now published by Ignition Entertainment. You play as Bub and Bob with the addition of Bubu in a game that is almost identical to the time-tested formula.
Retro fans of classic gaming titles will feel right at home with this title. You might even start having flashbacks of your life twenty years ago begging your parents for quarters in a smoke filled bowling alley to plug the arcade cabinet again. It would have been hilarious to add a quarter slot peripheral to complete the nostalgia factor.
There are a few ideas added to the formula that attempt to make the newest edition more modern. With the three on-the-fly selectable characters at your fingertips, there needed to be a good reason for that. You’ll often encounter enemies that require “color coding” of bubbles to defeat. With a special power-up you turn your bubbles into weapons to defeat the bosses and, of course, the different colors result in different attacks.
Continues work well with the DS system as you are given mini-games to make claim to three more lives. They are simple enough that if you are paying attention, they will be no problem but if your head is in the clouds, expect a rude awakening at the beginning.
In what we like to call “quality of life” features to the game, Double Shot is rooted in the past. If you fail your mini-game chance at continue, you’ll start from the beginning. High stakes for a seemingly simple process. Double Shot is also void of save points so if you get to the other levels and switch off your DS, all your progress goes down the drain.
Navigating the levels is a difficult task as you try and find the exact spots to jump through to progress. Frustrations will mount when enemies are confined in tight spaces only to find out you have to combine bubble colors with precision the atomic clock would have trouble timing.
Boss fights, the first one in particular, are an aggravating affair. There are times when the bubbles that you turn into weapons, but the bubbles will have trouble getting near the boss. What might be disguised as “strategy” is really poor level design.
Double Shot is something you’d expect from Bubble Bobble in today’s gaming climate, nothing more, nothing less in terms of evolving the bubbly gameplay. It serves its purpose for the retro gamers looking for a throwback fix but it does little to make it an attractive package for potentially new customers. While the effort is appreciated with a few ideas in the right direction, there are some qualities mentioned above that are hard to overlook when recommending Double Shot.