Eureka! Here's a sequel to the classic Bubble Bobble that pops with the same energy that made the original a fav of gamers everywhere. In Parasol Stars (subtitled Bubble Bobble III) Bubby and Bobby are resting on their laurels after having saved the villagers of Rainbow Island in Bubble Bobble II.
Bub and Bob's dream bubble is about to pop, though, as Chaostikahn, a mad warrior unleashes a slew of menacing monsters throughout the universe. With their Magic Parasols in hand (gifts from the grateful Rainbow Island villagers) Bub and Bob must travel across seven different planets, each with seven rounds and a boss round, to defeat the monsters and free the universe.
Each planet is a unique seven round world, populated with creatures suited to its particular habitat. For example, World 1 is the Music Star. Here the sound of music fills the skies and Bub and Bob battle Pianos, Accordions, Trumpets, and other musical instruments gone mad. World 3, the Ocean Star, is covered with water, and Bub and Bob battle giant Hermit Crabs, Seals, and other under-water denizens. Other worlds include World 4's Mecho Star, overrun with raving Robots, and World 5's Casino Star, where Bub and Bob check out the night life.
Don't Call Them "Umbrellas"
Just as in Bubble Bobble the boys must clear each round of the nasties before they can progress to the next round. In this title, unlike the original, many rounds are larger than one screen with vertical and horizontal scrolling. In the original title the enchanted brothers used bubbles to imprison their enemies. Here the brothers wield Magic Parasols against their enemies.
And this is where the fun begins. Bub and Bob can do more tricks with their parasols than you could ever imagine. They can spin them, hit enemies with them, toss enemies with them, and use them to protect themselves from enemy attacks.
Bub and Bob must hit each enemy two times to destroy it. The first time they hit an enemy it goes into a sort of suspended animation state. With the second whack the enemy turns into one of a million different types of tasty snacks-from ice cream sundaes to ears of corn.
When Bub or Bob smacks a bad guy you never quite know what'll happen. Sometimes special items, such as Fire, Water, Lightning, and Star crests or Speedy Shoes, appear. Grab these for extra abilities or weird happenings.
Parasol Stars is tops! Fabulous graphics and charming, entertaining gameplay make this one a sure bet. OK, OK, there is one drawback-the music isn't so hot-but you can turn it down! Play it, you'll like it.
- Grab the diamond circle to create a little satellite that rockets around the screen and destroys the bad guys for you.
- Drink a Red Potion and fly to a bonus round.
- Bub and Bob can team up to fight the bosses.
- When Bub or Bob opens a Parasol so that it's pointed straight up and spinning it protects them from their enemies. They can also use it to grab five drops, lightning bolts, etc. to create special weapons. For example, in this level Bub or Bob can make a giant drop. When they toss it down it creates a waterfall that wipes out all of the enemies in this difficult to reach spot. One or TWo players can play-but two player simultaneous is the best!
- If Bub or Bob are on one side of the screen they can toss a bubble or enemy across an entire row to collect all of the special items.
- Jump up to higher levels with the Parasol open to protect yourself from enemies above. The Parasol is also great protection against World 2's Vampires.
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The third installment in the Bubble Bobble trilogy will soon be coming to the Turbo from a new company -Working Design. You are sent to rid a planet from a horde of nasty creepizoids that have overridden the planet. Use your Parasol to pick up enemies to whip them at the other creatures. Bubbles that appear can be collected for a truly mega blast of intense water! Good scrolling and cute graphics accompany this cart.
With Parasol Stars you get a game that displays some ties to Bubble Bobble and other Taito games, gives you plenty of levels to conquer and then throws it all together in a package that does very little to create any real excitement. Stars is too repetitive and just isn't much fun.
Once in a while I like a game that is mindless fun. I don't have to think about strategy, and can just plow ahead having fun in the process. The younger players will have a blast with this one as that seems to be the target audience. Not for the die-hard action players.
Parasol Stars, Or should I say Bubble Bobble 3, isn't not that bad of a game. I mean, the graphics are decent and the game play is good, but the thing that makes it so good, is that it's fun. It isn't really hard, but the length of the game makes up for that entirely. Very Decent!
Parasol Stars is a perfect sequel to Bubble Bobble! As Bubble Bobble 3, Parasol Stars makes you the owner of magical umbrellas, and you throw enemies and bubbles instead of blowing them. Cool idea, but it's a little too easy. After you master the simple techniques, it's all over.
This is the third in the Bubble Bobble series of puzzle games. A fun and addictive romp that hasn't lost much since its initial release. Good graphics and play mechanics still make it a worthwhile puzzler, but not one of the classics.