Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Reviews

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
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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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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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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55 / 100
Mar 24, 2020

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends fails to bust a move and find any justification for its high price point. It lacks in length, it lacks in features, and even lacks a leaderboard, an oversight for this kind of game. While it is an enjoyable title with a few friends, there are plenty more affordable multiplayer arcade-style games available for even a quarter of the price.

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75 / 100
Mar 26, 2020

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the type of game the Nintendo Switch was made for.

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7 / 10
Apr 19, 2020

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends marks the arrival of the famed series on the Nintendo Switch and as the title promises, this is indeed a feast for up to four friends in what is easily one of the game's best selling points. Along with a simple and addictive gameplay and a joyfully colourful visual environment, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is irresistible to pick up, even though it could feature more content and a less repetitive soundtrack.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

Besides these more difficult levels and the arcade version of Bubble Bobble, there isn’t a lot of staying power in this new entry. You’ll still be delighted by it during the brief time you spend with it, thanks to adorable 3D visuals and sharp music. It’s just a shame that there’s so little to do here, especially after such a long wait for a new entry in the series.

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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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7.8 / 10.0
May 29, 2018

Overall, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is every bit of Bubble Bobble and more. I’m just not sure the price tag justifies the gameplay.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 25, 2020

While it's great to see the franchise persist and I could probably play the original for the umpteenth time, there isn't much to be excited with here. Most of the stages are pretty easy, special bubbles only make a difference if you're lacking in skill or want to maximize points and there is only so far you can go with the concept. Less skilled or younger players will probably feel at home, as will anyone that just wants to constantly try to build on perfection. If that is you, you'll probably love it but everyone else it's an okay game that isn't bad to play with others.

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4 / 5.0
Apr 2, 2020

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the best-playing entry in the long-running series.

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6 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2020

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is an unfortunate step backward. It's a fun, but very vanilla entry in the long-running series. The launch content doesn't match the launch price, nor does it compare favorably with other arcade games available on the Switch eShop.

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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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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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Ben Sellwood
Top Critic
5 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2020

I found this game difficult to enjoy. It just doesn't do enough to keep you entertained and, at points, I struggled to even want to try to finish it. The repetitive nature of the game may appeal to some and while this type of game may have been "milestone" back in the '80s, nowadays we always hope for more bang for our buck. I would wait until it's on sale before purchasing as I just can't justify the £35 price tag.

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8 / 10.0
May 5, 2020

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a solid, enjoyable and well-made entry in the Bubble Bobble franchise.

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8 / 10 stars
Apr 17, 2020

A beloved arcade classic returns in fine form and four-player co-op.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

For veterans of the Bubble Bobble series, this is a worthy follow up to the classics. For newcomers, the accessibility options, like the lack of a serious penalty for dying, make this one of the easiest places in the series to jump in. If you don't mind the light amount of content, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is an excellent pickup.

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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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