Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Nov 25, 2019
    72
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the perfect tribute to the Taito franchise, a title that all fans should have on Nintendo Switch.
  2. Jun 10, 2020
    70
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a pleasant callback to yesteryear, with just enough changed to keep it from simply retreading old ground. It is a little short if one charges through, points be damned, but it’s still several hours long at least. Those who prefer complex plots and modern design may be a bit disappointed, but anyone who likes a more arcadey sort of game should enjoy it.
  3. Apr 19, 2020
    70
    With an emphasis on local multiplayer up to four people, this is an experience that will deliver a lot of fun, addictive gameplay to those who pick it up. While its content could be broader and the soundtrack could use improvements, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is nevertheless a good choice for those looking for a compelling multiplayer experience.
  4. 70
    You’ll be done with the 50 stages in just under a couple hours, at which point you’ll unlock remixed and slightly more challenging versions of those stages. 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.
  5. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a fun and approachable multiplayer game for players of all ages and a wonderful recreation of an old school classic. With that said, the Nintendo eShop price tag that accompanies it can be pretty hard to swallow, especially when you consider that most players with a bit of gaming experience will have it beat in a couple of hours at best. Perfecting its three-star demands will certainly add a few more hours to the clock, but it seems like a rather easy post to lean on when there’s far more potential in building upon the jetstream mechanics to contribute towards a higher level count.
  6. Nov 20, 2019
    70
    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.
  7. Nov 18, 2019
    70
    It’s always good to have classic franchises like this back, even if it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. If you miss this series, you’ll have a as good time with it.
  8. Nov 14, 2019
    70
    There’s not much to dislike in Bubble Bobble 4 Friends if you’re looking for some simple yet solid arcade action. Whether you play alone or with friends, there’s fun to be had, and with 100 levels to get through, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. Its modern facelift looks great, but it is little more than an old classic in disguise.
  9. Nov 19, 2019
    68
    A friendly return to the franchise, but clearly too short. Specially recommended for the younger members of the family.
  10. Dec 19, 2019
    65
    A decade after the release of Bubble Bobble Plus!, the beloved Taito saga is back with a new iteration designed exclusively for Switch. Maybe Bubble Bobble 4 Friends it is not the best entry at all in this franchise, but at least the 4 players cooperative mode is really fun.
  11. Nov 27, 2019
    62
    Short and minimalistic arcade-snack that shows its entertainment value mainly in a party situation.
  12. Mar 30, 2020
    60
    So while I'd recommend Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, I'd recommend waiting for a price drop, even if you're a longtime fan. United Games Entertainment GmbH really dropped the ball on this game's price, and it's pretty sad that I can't give it my wholehearted recommendation because of that.
  13. Mar 25, 2020
    60
    I appreciate how easy Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is to pick up and play. I’d recommend it to fans of chasing high-scores in the arcade, especially if you liked the original Bubble Bobble. However, past the nostalgia, there’s nothing that will keep you playing for much longer after you get through this incredibly short experience. Throw in the high price tag, and I’d say that you’re better off blowing a few quarters at an actual arcade then bringing this experience home with you.
  14. Mar 24, 2020
    60
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a quaint little arcade platformer that makes up for a lack of staying power with plenty of vintage arcade fun.
  15. Nov 29, 2019
    60
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is exactly what you expected it to be regarding it’s name and legacy. The problem is that it doesn’t try to be anything more than just a family friendly game. And besides that, it lasts just for a few hours and costs a lot for what it provides.
  16. Nov 12, 2019
    60
    A decent update that isn't quite challenging enough or long enough to justify it's high price point.
  17. Nov 12, 2019
    60
    A charming and entertaining resurrection for a much-loved retro series, with a fun multiplayer mode and clever level design. It’s a very short adventure, though, which makes its premium price point difficult to justify.
  18. Apr 1, 2020
    55
    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.
  19. Mar 25, 2020
    55
    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.
  20. Nov 14, 2019
    55
    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.
  21. Jan 3, 2020
    50
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is more Bubble Bobble. One that was possibly intended for a new generation whilst also appealing to the old. Unfortunately though, it is unlikely to provide a memorable experience for either.
  22. Nov 26, 2019
    50
    The current price tag is insanely high for what's on offer. The new levels can be smashed through in a few hours, and the low difficulty means there's little replayability in aiming for high-scores and rankings on each stage. Nostalgia and an 8-bit classic simply aren't worth the price of admission. That being said, it's fun. Somewhat. If it had included some others from Bubble Bobble history like Rainbow Islands, it would have been more appetizing.
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  1. Nov 18, 2019
    Taito's comeback continues with this revival of its most famous series, and while it's slim the old magic remains.
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. May 9, 2020
    7
    It's true that "Bubble Bobble 4 Friends" doesn't tear up all the trees for fun. However, due to the easy gameplay and the possibilities ofIt's true that "Bubble Bobble 4 Friends" doesn't tear up all the trees for fun. However, due to the easy gameplay and the possibilities of playing together on one console, the title shows its best side. If you want to have fun together again and have a lot of fun in one evening, you should take a closer look at "Bubble Bobble 4 Friends". Unfortunately, we think 30 Euros for the game is a bit much, but if the title is on offer, you should go for it.

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  2. Dec 31, 2019
    7
    This game is a lot of fun to play with friends or in a party environment, but be warned it is only about an hour long. I would not adviseThis game is a lot of fun to play with friends or in a party environment, but be warned it is only about an hour long. I would not advise spending more than $10 on the title personally. That said, the game itself provides a lot of laughs and excitement. Full Review »
  3. Nov 29, 2019
    5
    MJT must be turning in his grave, this is like Bubble Bobble but with all the magic sucked out of it. What magic? Frantic time limits, greatMJT must be turning in his grave, this is like Bubble Bobble but with all the magic sucked out of it. What magic? Frantic time limits, great level design, wondering what special items will appear, getting the walking stick and fighting over the giant fruit, secret rooms (OK, maybe they're there and just secret). I get that the designers might not have been hanging out in arcades in the late 80s like I was but they could at least have tried to understand what made the original so special. Yes, co-op play was a big part of that but there's no point just throwing more players at a game that is hardly any fun to play. To be fair, it does get a bit better when hard mode is unlocked when it gets a bit more challenging but then it goes over the top with the Gusto boss that took me 4 hours to beat (definitely not designed for single player mode). Fortunately, the included version of the arcade original is really well done. Full Review »