Prepare to have your minds blown , especially if you have an Atari 7800! As we have just found through Liqmatrix, that during Jan of this year, OldStyle and Bobby Clark had released an update to their incredible work in progress Atari 7800 conversion/port of the Arcade game of ‘Bubble Bobble’. A game that has infuriated and thrilled us in equal measure on our home computers since its original release around the year of 1987 to 1989! To coincide with this news, while we wait for some up to date footage from Saberman, here’s some gameplay footage from last month of the game.

Here’s the latest about the game from the forum link below. “It’s had a BIG update since the reveal with the addition of two more rounds (8 and 9), bonus rounds, and practically ALL of the powerups have been mapped with special abilities or events.  There’s certainly a minor bug or two since all of the focus was on shoveling content in.  The game itself is still pretty raw and not quite optimized or finished in certain areas so occasionally there will be brief slowdown and gfx artifacts when things get hot and heavy, but generally speaking it controls well, is very playable and very “BB-like”.

“For those unfamiliar, gameplay consists of shooting, trapping, popping trapped monsters and most importantly eating as many delicious treats as you can!  Popping multiple monsters at the same time is a combo, awarding more points.  A combo of three or more will also spawn random EXTEND letters which go toward earning 1up or spawning staffs.  Bonus point items and special/power up items spawn early in rounds.  If you blaze through rounds quickly then it’s possible to miss out on powerup and special items before they spawn so to get the most out of the demo just wait it out till they appear.  After several play-thrus the timing and where items spawn will be seared in your brain!”

Links :1) Forum 2) Download

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