Percentile Rank

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

65%

Critics Recommend

Based on 17 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 18, 2019

Taito's comeback continues with this revival of its most famous series, and while it's slim the old magic remains.

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Games Xtreme
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Nov 19, 2019

Really, the one big problem that I think Bubble Bobble 4 Friends has is that, sticking true to the original design doesn't leave you a lot of room to grow and experiment. This feels like a more slick presentation of an 80s arcade game...Because that's what it is. For all of the 3D graphics and such, unless you're busting out the 4-player co-op, there's not that much here to differentiate it from the cabinet you played as a kid or one of the various decently popular home ports you may well have owned.

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Player2.net.au
D
D
Dec 3, 2019

Bubble Bobble 4 retains lots of things you loved about the series but didn’t add a whole lot more. It’s over in the blink of an eye and its asking price isn’t justified

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Scored Reviews

GameGrin
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2019

It's a fine line when creating a sequel to such a classic game. Go too modern and you alienate your classic player base, but go too retro and it doesn't appeal to the new generation of gamers. Taito has got the balance spot on here though, and created a Bubble Bobble for 2019 that feels completely right, but without being mere fanservice. It's a brilliant game that all Switch owners ought to get in my opinion.

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Impulsegamer
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Nov 18, 2019

We really enjoyed Bubble Bobble 4 Friends on the Nintendo Switch and like the 1986 original, it is definitely a far superior game if played with others. As a result, it ramps up the fun factor as gamers with their friends and family are once again returned to the loveable characters of Bub and Bob with its tweaked gameplay and equally cute graphics. It's the perfect 2019 reimagining of an arcade classic and is also fun to play solo as well!

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 12, 2019

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a great modern addition to the series. It offers a solid balance of fun and challenge with high replayability due to the three-tier scoring system and collectables, as well as the inclusion of the original game in the series.

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GamePitt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

If you’re looking for a modernised classic which doesn’t stray too far from the original concept, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is fun to play both solo and with friends or family. Although the first fifty levels are rather easy and family-friendly, the proceeding fifty within the hard mode will certainly challenge you if you decide to face the evil Bonner alone! The various powerups and abilities you gain throughout your adventure are sure to help out in the trickier levels, with the game offering a safety net via the activation of invincibility to ensure everyone of any skill level can play the game and have fun. This game was my introduction to the franchise, an introduction which made a really good first impression.

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Daily Star
Dec 4, 2019

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a great addition to the Bubble Bobble franchise, but it's expensive for what it provides. A solid afternoon of gaming will get you to the end credits, but you'll return to do things a little better than before.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

His maximum ambition is to entertain all players with a proposal as simple as absorbing and multiplying their fun thanks to a cooperative mode that guarantees sessions full of laughter with friends. Maybe this game is not a GOTY but it will surely be one of the titles that have more fun this year.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 20, 2019

The best Bubble Bobble game in over two decades and while it isn't quite as perfectly formed as the original it is one of the best couch co-op games of the year.

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

Its modern facelift looks great, but it is little more than an old classic in disguise.

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Hobby Consolas
68 / 100
68 / 100
Nov 19, 2019

A friendly return to the franchise, but clearly too short. Specially recommended for the younger members of the family.

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SECTOR.sk
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

A really good take on a classic gameplay but there's little to no replayability, and the price is too high.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

A decent update that isn't quite challenging enough or long enough to justify it's high price point.

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Thumb Culture
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2019

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a great game to sit on the couch and play with some friends while having some drinks. Unfortunately due to its limited replay value for those who don’t care about high scores, I’m going to have to score this a Silver award. If trying to beat your own high scores is your thing, then you’ll definitely want to pick this up. Bubble Bobble is one of those classic franchises that’s difficult to build on without losing what the game was meant to be. Bubble Bobble 4 Friends does a good job of what it’s supposed to do, without adding too much to take away from the core gameplay.

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God is a Geek
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will appeal to younger audiences. Older players will have to have very rose-tinted specs to appreciate this over previous versions.

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Cubed3
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 26, 2019

Nostalgia and an 8-bit classic simply aren't worth the price of admission

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