“We wanted to make a game all fans can enjoy”: Taito talks bringing an arcade icon to PlayStation with Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

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Interview with Tsuyoshi Tozaki


Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

What about Bubble Bobble which has remained so endearing to fans?

I think it’s because the show has a very positive and cute atmosphere and of course the main characters and even the enemies are so charming and endearing. There are also lots of cute fruits! However, the game contains many levels from easy to hard for everyone to enjoy, that’s the reason why the game is loved by many fans for a long time. Also, there are no other games using bubble action, like catching enemy in bubble and defeating them, this is one of the most innovative points of the game.

In this new title we can select Bub and Bob from the original arcade version, and Peb and Pab, who have pretty ribbons on their heads, from Bubble Symphony are also available for the first time. Bonner, who is the most charming enemy character in my opinion, is introduced as a boss. I had an image of the game looking like a child’s room, so we made characters and scenes like toys. This improves the atmosphere of the game. After defeating an enemy or popping several bubbling enemies in a group, some fruits will fall on the playing field. The variety of these fruits comes from the original version. If you complete the scene in a short time, the fruit turns into “perfect” and the objects from the original arcade version are hidden there, so watch out for them!

Was it difficult to balance the four-player gameplay in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends?

In the original Bubble Bobble, the number of enemies does not change, even if there is one player or two players. So, in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, we decided not to have more enemies even in multiplayer games to balance the difficulty of each game level. We prepared some stages in which player roles are divided, such as defeating enemies, pick fruit or blow bubbles. It was so hard to arrange each position so that the game is enjoyable, even when there is only one player, but not to make the stages too easy for four. It was quite difficult for us, so the team played the game with four players or just one several times to perfect it.

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

(Image credit: Taito)

What was the inspiration for the new PS4 milestones?

In the new area, the pixel graphics of the original Bubble Bobble and the 3D graphics of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends are combined, as the original arcade machine in the room is dominated by Baron von Blubba. The game scene is actually the game inside the arcade machine, and the title screen is designed as pixel art, and Peb and Pab also appear as pixel art. The scenes look like a polygonal Bubble Bobble 4 Friends style, but Baron von Blubba, who dominated the game, appears as a pixel graphic like he was back in the original game. When I was considering adding Baron Von Blubba to Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, I had the idea that since Baron von Blubba only appears in the game’s arcade machine, we could use the pixel graphics and the polygonal graphics together on the same arrange!

Do you have a favorite strategy or power-up to use?

The trick to breaking bubbles in a chain is to first know the airflow and then find a place where you can gather bubbles. Next you need to consider the most efficient order to burst the bubbles, because after holding an enemy in a bubble for a while, they will get angry and burst. Third, you need to blow extra bubbles so they don’t separate from each other. You can defeat all enemies at once, so give it a try. As for skills, I think it’s best to choose one based on the area you’re playing in, but my favorite is Stop Wind.

In the game you can see the drafts and know which direction your bubbles will go, but when you use the Stop Wind you can ignore the drafts. For example, if you use it on stage where the wind is blowing fast, it becomes much easier to roll over bubbles. Please check out Bub’s Broadcast YouTube channel, as we share more information on strategy and techniques there.


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What is it about Bubble Bobble that has remained so endearing to fans?
I think it’s because the series has a very positive and cute atmosphere and, of course, the main characters and even the enemies being so charming and endearing. There are also a lot of cute fruits! However, the game contains many levels from easy to difficult so everyone can enjoy it, that’s the reason why the game has been loved by a lot of fans for a long time. Also, there are no other games using bubble action, like catching an enemy in a bubble and defeating it, this is one of the most innovative points of the game.
In this new title we can select Bub and Bob from the original arcade version, and Peb and Pab, who have cute ribbons on their heads, from Bubble Symphony are also available for the first time. Bonner, who is the most charming enemy character in my opinion, is shown as a boss. I had an image of the game being like a kid’s bedroom, so we made the characters and stages like toys. It improves the atmosphere of the game. After defeating an enemy, or bursting several bubbled enemies in a group, some fruits will drop into the playfield. The variety of these fruits comes from the original version. If you clear the stage in a short time, the fruit changes to a ‘parfait’, and the items from the original arcade version are hidden in it, so please look out for them!
How hard was it to balance four-player gameplay in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends? 
In the original Bubble Bobble the number of enemies does not change, even if there is one player or two players. So, in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends we decided not to have more enemies even in multiplayer games to balance the difficulty of each game level. We prepared some stages in which the roles of the players are divided, such as defeating enemies, picking fruits, or making bubbles. It was so hard to arrange each position so that the game is enjoyable, even when there is only one player, but not to make the stages too easy for four. This was quite challenging for us, so the team played the game with four players or just one many times to perfect it. 

(Image credit: Taito)
What has been the inspiration for the new PS4 stages?
In the new area, the pixel graphics of the original Bubble Bobble and the 3D graphics of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends are combined together, because the original arcade machine in the room is dominated by Baron von Blubba. The game stage is actually the game inside the arcade machine, and the title screen is designed as pixel art, and Peb and Pab also appear as pixel art. The stages are like a polygonal Bubble Bobble 4 Friends style, but Baron von Blubba, who dominated the game, appears as a pixel graphic as he was back in the original game. When I was planning to add Baron Von Blubba to Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, I came up with the idea that, as Baron von Blubba appears only in the arcade machine in the game, we could use the pixel graphics and polygonal graphics together on the same stage! 
Do you have a favourite strategy or power-up to use? 
The trick to breaking bubbles in a chain is firstly to know the airflow, then find a place where you can gather bubbles. Then you need to consider the most efficient order to pop the bubbles, because after you’ve held an enemy in a bubble for a while, it will get angry and break out. Thirdly, you need to blow additional bubbles so they don’t separate from one another. You can defeat all the enemies at once, so please try it. As for skills, I think it is better to choose one depending on the area you’re playing in, but my favourite is Stop Wind. 
In the game you can see airstreams and know which direction your bubbles will go, but when you use the Stop Wind, you can ignore the airstreams. For example, if you use it on the stage where the wind blows fast, it becomes much easier to ride on bubbles. Please check out the YouTube channel Bub’s Broadcast, as we share more information about strategy and techniques there.
Looking for the latest information on the PS5 and PS4? Then you’ll want to subscribe to Official PlayStation Magazine to get it delivered straight to your doorstep, and check out Magazines Direct for all of the latest offers. 

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