Showing posts with label Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands Print Ad (1996). Show all posts
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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (1996)

Bubble Bobble Rainbow Islands literature
Original ad published in the October 1996 issue of GamePro (no. 97).
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An ad with ingenious copy and stylish execution

Released originally in 1986 by Taito, Bubble Bobble became a stalwart of the arcades during its heyday and at least the beginning of the 90s. The incredibly simple and charming game was ported to practically every electronic device known to man and achieved "classic" status by the time the 32-bit consoles rolled into the stage during the second half of the 90s. That was of course the best time for a shameless rehash of the same game you had been playing for the last 10 years. As a bonus, the 32-bit version of Bubble Bobble also featured Rainbow Islands (1987), the sequel to the uber-popular moe dinosaur video game.

I won't talk too much about Bubble Bobble and its timeless gameplay. If you now anything about video games, you owe it to yourself to play it next with a friend in two-player mode and enjoy the simplicity of it all. What really surprised me about this re-release is the witty copy of the printed-ad. It's a great play on the over-the-top ads of the era, underlining pedestrian aspects of the retro game as if they were awesome aspects in themselves. It tightens the overall visual display of the printed literature, a classic "Z"-shaped editorial layout with a black and white theme. The color is unique to the  actual game-screen. Everything else about the printed material is streamlined to center your attention on the classic game.

Bubble Bobble featuring Rainbow Islands print ad copy

The lost generation of gaming.

For the next generation.

  • Terrifying monsters!
  • Semi-realistic graphics!
  • 100 totally linear levels.
  • 100% rendered black void.
  • 3-D'ish balloons with single light source!
  • Stuffed with pure addictive gaming nectar.
  • You are 6-pixels of bubble-blasting dinosaur with an attitude!

2 classic arcade games in 1

Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands

Addiction goes retro!

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