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Posted: 14 months ago, last updated 7 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Bubble Bobble is a running and jumping game where you control a small dragon that can blow and jump on bubbles. It rose to popularity in the arcades when released in 1986. In each of the 100 levels you and another player defeat each enemy by trapping them in bubbles and popping them.

Bubble Bobble is one of Taito's biggest arcade successes and inspired the creation of many spin-off games. In addition to the Bubble Symphony and Bubble Memories arcade follow-ups, and a range of Evolution and Remakes, this includes:
  • Bubble Bobble (1986)
  • Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2 (1987)
  • Parasol Stars (1991) TurboGrafx-16, NES, Amiga, Atari ST, and Game Boy.
  • Bubble Bobble Plus! (2009) Wii and Xbox 360
  • Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (2019) Remake on Nintendo Switch including original game.
  • Bubble Bobble (Arcade Archives) (2016) on Switch, PlayStation 4

For families the Bubble Bobble games offer a combination of fun running, jumping and popping action. But the combination of hidden air currents that direct the bubbles and the plethora of mysterious collectables the game offers surprising strategy and longevity.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/10/1986, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Taito (@Taito)



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Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. In addition to the time it takes to complete the game, players revisit each level to maximise their scores through a range of techniques. These include not dying to gain special power ups. Also, trapping all the enemies in bubbles at the same time and then bursting them together awards a large score multiplier.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play 4 players on some of the more recent incarnations of the game.

You can play this game in the following styles:



This game has helped players develop their Knowledge as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 12-year-olds play this game:


Bubble Bobble usually costs £5.79 to £35.99.

Arcade Archives Bubble Bobble

PlayStation Store PS4 £5.79

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron Is Back!

PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99
Switch Store Switch £35.99

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron's Workshop

Steam Store PC £30.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Bubble Bobble Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Taito) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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