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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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'Bubble Bobble Double Shot' (NDS) - 7 New Screens

by Judy on Nov. 8, 2007 @ 11:35 a.m. PST

Developed in Japan, Bubble Bobble Double Shot will be a respectful return to the series' roots, distilling the essence of Bubble Bobble onto the DS whilst introducing a smattering of non-intrusive additions to the classic formula.

All was quiet in the Rainbow Islands, so Bub and Bob went to visit their cousin Bubu. With nothing to do, they decided to explore their grandfather's house. There, the trio finds a secret and mysterious treasure map. Taking directions from the map, Bub, Bob and Bubu set off on a perilous quest to find out what the treasure is! As Bub, Bob and Bubu go on their quest they run into enemies along the way and have to capture and knock out all of the enemies wandering around the stage. How? By capturing the enemies in bubbles and then bursting them. Below is a look at how some of the different bubbles in Bubble Bobble Double Shot work!

Star Bubbles

Star bubbles appear around the levels of Bubble Bobble Double Shot. They have magical powers that our heroes can use to gain the advantage! If you burst a Star bubble normally, it will cause all of the bubbles currently in play to burst - even those with trapped enemies inside! You can add a color to the Star bubble simply by blowing another bubble at it. When this newly colored bubble is burst all Color enemies will change to the selected color! This will make it easier to get rid of them all without having to change your character.

Elemental Bubbles

Elemental bubbles have special effects when you burst them. They're usually a lot of help when it comes to dealing with enemies and leave behind high-value bonus items! Elemental bubbles are made up of water, fire and thunder and create a lot of havoc for the enemies!

Extend Bubbles

The EXTEND bubbles are very mysterious, but collecting all the letters will grant you an extra life! To make EXTEND letters, a Star bubble must have two colors added to it. This is done by blowing a bubble at it, changing character and then blowing another bubble to change the color of the Star bubble twice. Different combinations of colors result in different letters. Experiment to find out which ones produce which letters!

Jumping with bubbles:

Any bubble can be used as a platform. Simply press the B Button to jump towards a balloon and keep the button held down. If you land on top of a bubble, you will keep bouncing on it until either you release the B Button or the bubble bursts.

A perfect re-creation of Bubble Bobble's frantic platforming gameplay, complete with all the secrets and fun that made the original such a classic. Compact levels are spread across the two DS screens, complete with charmingly detailed versions of the series' signature enemies. Rendered in keeping with the original's retro aesthetic, both the level layout and the characters fit the Bubble Bobble style perfectly. Bub and Bob are now joined by newcomer Bubu, as each shoot bubbles in different hues, and can be switched in the blink of an eye with a tap of a shoulder button. A new star bubble has also been introduced which allows the player to change the color of all enemies when burst, with an ability to choose the enemies' color by shooting the star bubble with the player's selected character. Also new is an entirely new method of obtaining a chance to continue once all lives are lost. In addition, several touch screen-based mini-games including bubble based puzzles and simultaneous three-player platforming make Bubble Bobble Double Shot a must for any DS owner!

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