Bubbles: Classic Arcade Game Video, History & Game Play Overview


Premiering in 1982, Bubbles is an arcade game that was published and distributed by Williams Electronics. Tim Murphy and John Kotlarik were responsible for the sounds, designed and lead programming behind Bubbles. Mechanical support was provided by Leo Ludzia and Gary Berge. Design and related art was created by Python Anghelo.

The first port for Bubbles became available on the Sega Saturn in 1996. Afterward, other ports were created for the Sony PlayStation, Sony PlayStation 2, Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and several other home video game consoles.

No sequels to Bubbles were ever created. This title supports both one and two person play.


Game Play Overview

Bubbles is a fun classic arcade title that requires relatively little effort or skill to master. Players take on the role of an unassuming soap bubble that is charged with the task of cleaning out an extra dirty sink. Compared to the size of the soap bubble at the beginning of the game, the sink is huge.

Points are earned by collecting certain items and leaving the surface squeaky clean. As more items are obtained, the size of the bubble increases. Each time that players are able to increase the size of their bubbles 1,000 points are earned. Ants and crumbs are worth 150 points each.

Items that cannot be eliminated with the soap bubble will have to be swept into the drain in the middle of the screen. Grease stains and roaches can only be eliminated when the cleaning woman is equipped. Roaches are valued at 1,000 points and grease stains yield 200 points.

Sponges are another adversary that will cause the soap bubble to pop and lose a life if touched early on in the game. There is one enemy of the soap bubble that should be avoided at all times, no matter how large it has grown; razor blades.

Special Features

The cleaning woman icon is valued at 500 bonus points, but it also gives players special abilities. Armed with the cleaning woman, points can take out adversaries like roaches.


Razor blades – Razor blades can never be touched by players at risk of losing a life. They immediately cause the soap bubble to pop.

Roaches – These nasty critters are dangerous to the soap bubble when it is small, but they can become prey if the cleaning woman is equipped.

Soap bubble – Players control the soap bubble, which is used to make the sink sparkling clean.

Cleaning woman – This icon allows players to earn bonus points and eliminate dangerous foes.

Sponges – Sponges can be destroyed at later stages of the game.

Grease stains – The soap bubble can make quick work of grease stains if the cleaning woman is present.

Sink – Taking up the entire screen in Bubbles, the sink is essentially the play field. Clean all items in the sink in order to advance.

How to Play Bubbles
A small soap bubble is controlled by playing with the joystick. This bubble is used to mainly to clean items smaller than itself at the beginning of the game. When large enough, larger enemies can be consumed or pushed into the drain.

Objects that are located toward the top of the screen immediately above the drain have a double point value. When multiple sponges and large enemies are thrust into the drain, players risk decreasing the size of their bubbles. For this reason, you may want to go after a variety of enemies rather than focusing on eliminating any one group.

Bubbles ends when all available turns are exhausted.

Hints and Tips
- Make your bubble bigger more quickly by gathering as many crumbs and ants as you can. When you can see a face emerge on the bubble, you will know that it has grown large enough to take on roaches and sponges.

- The cleaning woman gives the soap bubble added protection. If no other dangerous enemies are present, pick up the cleaning woman as soon as she appears.


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