Bubble Bobble Hero 2 is an excellent and little-known Bubble Bobble clone from Taiwanese developer Lonaisoft. Although the game was translated from Chinese to English (the version you can download here), it was marketed only in a few countries in Asia, and therefore remains unknown to most Bubble Bobble fans. |
The gameplay will be familiar to anyone who has played Taito's classic. You (and your friend in a 2-player game) blow bubbles to capture baddies, then quickly pop them. When the bubbles are popped, fruit comes out for you to collect (and compete against your friend for points). The game is very simple in concept, but incredibly addictive due to spotless controls, quirky levels, bosses, and monsters, and overall fun. This 1999 version sports excellent anime-style graphics, innovative end-level bosses (the green dragon is one of my favorites), and a lot of variety in level designs and enemies to keep the game from being boring. If you like Bubble Bobble, you will definitely enjoy this obscure underdog that not many people outside Asia know about. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs