Home Computing Weekly

Bubble Trouble

Author: D.C.
Publisher: Arcade
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #53

A deceptively simple game. You are a burglar, moving by cursor key round a visible maze, picking up visible treasures. When you've got all these, bonus points begin to appear for collection in the same way, ranging through 200, 500, 700, 1000 and Mystery. Sounds easy? But there is a time time, and you are pursued by a bubble, intent upon your suffocation. It may be fended off, temporarily, by pressing Fire (zero) but there is a 10 second delay before you can use Fire again.

When time is up, if you still have lives, you move onto the next screen. Each screen has different possible high-scores, degrees of difficulty and individual time limits and there are 50 screens. A nice option is that you can choose your own start screen and there are three skill levels plus a Hold button.

Insert instructions are simple to follow and many joystick types are supported. Graphics are excellent - suffocation looks very nasty indeed - and colour and sound have been used to good effect.

A fun game for all ages which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was noticeable that my young expert


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