Puzzle Bobble was released in June 1994. it was the first in the hugely successful puzzle series from Taito.
The game was originally called "Bubble Buster". The Bubble Buster title screen is buried in the game itself.
This game is known in US as "Bust-A-Move
This game was re-released 6 months later (December 1994) on the SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware as "Puzzle Bobble [MVS]".
As well as typically cute Japanese animation (Bub and Bob from "Bubble Bobble
" operate the cannon) and music, the game's mechanics and level design were beautifully balanced, and the game was terrifically successful at the arcades, spawning several sequels (see Series section for more information). It is unusual in being popular with women and girls.
If you look closely at the bubbles, you'll notice that the enemies from "Bubble Bobble
" are trapped inside; a different enemy for each different colored bubble. The following chart shows which enemies are trapped in which color bubble :
Legend : Color of Bubble => "Bubble Bobble
" Enemy Inside
Blue => Zen-Chan
Yellow => Pulpul
Red => Invader
Green => Drunk
Purple => Monsta
Orange => Banebou
Black => Hidegonsu
White => Mighta
The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.
During the credits you can see one of the constellations form the image of a fish, that fish is a boss from the "Darius
" series; also made by Taito.
According to Twin Galaxies, the official electronic scoreboard, Kim Korpilahti holds the official records for this game with 16013660 points (difficulty 6) on November 6, 2004.
Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Puzzle Bobble Variety - ZTTL-0009) on July 6, 2008.