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. Apr 1, 2020
    All in all, I found Bubble Bobble 4 Friends to be a really fun take on the old Taito franchise, and a great experience for old and new players alike. It makes for a really solid family game that’s appropriate for all ages, but one with a difficulty curve that won’t make the game a bore for parents or older siblings. So check it out now on the Nintendo Switch, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
  2. Dec 17, 2019
    It’s a fine line when creating a sequel to such a classic game. Go too modern and you alienate your classic player base, but go too retro and it doesn’t appeal to the new generation of gamers. Taito has got the balance spot on here though, and created a Bubble Bobble for 2019 that feels completely right, but without being mere fanservice. It’s a brilliant game that all Switch owners ought to get in my opinion.
  3. Nov 18, 2019
    We really enjoyed Bubble Bobble 4 Friends on the Nintendo Switch and like the 1986 original, it is definitely a far superior game if played with others. As a result, it ramps up the fun factor as gamers with their friends and family are once again returned to the loveable characters of Bub and Bob with its tweaked gameplay and equally cute graphics. It’s the perfect 2019 reimagining of an arcade classic and is also fun to play solo as well!
  4. May 5, 2020
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a solid, enjoyable and well-made entry in the Bubble Bobble franchise. At its core, it's still a simple pick-up-and-play arcade game, but 4 Friends does a good job of expanding and improving on the core mechanics. There's something bizarrely addictive about chaining together bubbles for huge point strings, and the simple nature of the game makes it excellent for parties or get-togethers. It might not be a huge narrative-driven experience like some modern titles, but there's something comforting about returning to the days when all you needed was a dinosaur-shaped blob of pixels, some bubbles, and a whole lot of quarters.
  5. Apr 17, 2020
    Bubble Bobble returns in fine form, showing off to a new generation why it’s earned such a following over the decades. This new version looks great, is full of nostalgic charm, and most importantly, tons of dinosaur bubble-filled charm.
  6. Apr 2, 2020
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the best-playing entry in the long-running series. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Bubble Bobble game, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. The gameplay is faster-paced and tighter than ever before and it looks fantastic in either handheld mode or on TV. The core formula has been tweaked to include more puzzles and boss battles, but the root of the game remains intact. The end result is a classic-feeling, user-friendly game that isn’t bogged down by a lot of the clunkiness of games of the original’s era.
  7. Dec 4, 2019
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a great addition to the Bubble Bobble franchise, but it's expensive for what it provides. A solid afternoon of gaming will get you to the end credits, but you'll return to do things a little better than before.
  8. Nov 12, 2019
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a great modern addition to the series. It offers a solid balance of fun and challenge with high replayability due to the three-tier scoring system and collectables, as well as the inclusion of the original game in the series. The focus on teamwork will be wonderful for families and friends looking for some co-op fun, but the lack of online play and the absence of any real competitive features could limit its longevity. However, given how much fun this is to play, these complaints seem a little spiteful; what we've got here is a quite brilliant reimagining of a stone-cold classic which understands that amazing gameplay is timeless and doesn't need totally overhauling to keep it relevant in the modern age.
  9. Apr 13, 2020
    Overall, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is every bit of Bubble Bobble and more. I’m just not sure the price tag justifies the gameplay.
  10. Mar 26, 2020
    Playing Bubble Bobble 4 Friends will make you appreciate just how well certain classic gameplay formulas have held up over the decades. From its charming presentation to its enjoyable multiplayer implementation, retro and modern gamers will find a lot to love here.
  11. Mar 26, 2020
    Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is the type of game the Nintendo Switch was made for. It is a title that anyone can pick up and play and it gets progressively more challenging the deeper you get. It is fast, fun, and simple. While not exactly a long game you will enjoy every second of this charming game. Add in the ability to play with up to 4 friends locally and it makes for a great party game.
  12. 75
    Overall, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is a great time but is lacking in content. From start to finish, the classic Bubble Bobble gameplay was a joy and return to form. However, only fifty new levels and the original arcade release left me feeling like there should have been much more included. For veterans of the Bubble Bobble series, this is a worthy follow up to the classics. For newcomers, the accessibility options, like the lack of a serious penalty for dying, make this one of the easiest places in the series to jump in. If you don’t mind the light amount of content, Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is an excellent pickup.
  13. Mar 2, 2020
    Bubble Bobble 4 retains lots of things you loved about the series, but didn’t add a whole lot more. It’s over in the blink of an eye and its asking price isn’t justified.
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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

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
    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
    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
    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 »