Conclusion: Overall the game is work a demo download and definitely worth the download if you're a fan of the series. For those of you who only know Bub and Bob from Busta Move, go ahead and give it a try. At the very least you should have fun for a few levels, as the game can draw itself out over the 100 levels. Overall a 3 out of 5.
Summary: Bubble Bobble Neo! is both a fantastic remake of an old arcade classic and essentially three new games onto itself, if you get the DLC packs. For a total of $16, you can get a game that is just as great in 2009 as it was in 1986, and easily the best Bubble Bobble game in decades. Between this, Bust-A-Move , Arkanoid and Space Invaders: Extreme 2 which will come out in America soon, Taito’s been on a roll since Square-Enix bought them out.
Excerpt: Another classic arcade game receives a 21st century makeover on XBox Live with Bub and Bob returning in Bubble Bobble Neo . Paying homage to the original game, it's hard to believe that this franchise is over 23-years old and best of all the quirky nature of the original still remains intake in this modern remake as colourful dragons shoot bubbles out of their mouths.
Summary: It has long been rumored that dragons breathe deadly blasts of fire to strike down their enemies, but Bubble Bobble provides a very different spin on this mythology. Pint-size protagonists Bub and Bob shoot bubbles from their mouths, and you use these floating orbs to trap enemies, clearing the screen of evil so that you can continue on your quest.
Pros: Trapping enemies in bubbles is always enjoyable, Cooperative play is a blast, Competitive mode adds a new wrinkle to the classic formula, Updated visuals retain the original's charm
Cons: No online multiplayer, Some frustrating levels
Excerpt: Back in the golden days of arcade gaming – you know, the ones that came between the dawn of time and 1990 – Bubble Bobble was something of a hit. Never quite reaching the echelons of the Pac-Mans and the Space Invaders’ of the era, cute dragon-type fellas Bub and Bob did their best to put a dent in the pockets of arcade-goers with some pretty addictive gameplay.
Excerpt: Taito’s 1986 classic is back but this time on XBLA arcade. The bubble burping dragons are once again on a 100 staged frenzy to trap their foes and pop them into oblivion. Question is, is this the best iteration out there? Let’s find out.
Summary: Bubble Bobble Neo! is a good port of a great game. The soul of the original lives on, and the additional modes provide enjoyable deviations from a rock solid core. Aesthetic preference and absent online mode aside, this is one that will sit proudly alongside modern titles as a testament to the quality and longevity of the Old Order. Bubbly fun for all.