Gareth Hall's FAQ says to look for hidden messages in the secret levels, using the first block of strange characters as the letters A to Z to translate the second block into a message. So I had a look and translated the messages. In order, the three messages translate as follows (in the original Japanese English ;-)):
"If you want to become the old figure,use the power of your friendship,and fight with me"
"I enclose these magical medicine here,because those are my worst fears...."
"If you want to get back your love of truth,you must help each other untill the last......."
The first refers to returning to your human form, "old figure" means "old form". The second refers to the lightning-bubble potions that will be available on level 100 to kill the bad guy. I guess that "worst fears" probably means "nastiest weapons" or something. The phrase "love of truth" in the final one should probably read "true love", refering to your girlfriends who've been captured.
And, last but not least, at the end of the game (after level 100), there is 1 last encrypted message telling you the cheat for "Super Bubble Bobble" mode. I have seen a "Bobble Bobble" arcade game once when I was on holiday which was permanently set to "Super Bobble Bobble" mode on the title, screen, and according to Oliver White (see thanks list), it is a DIP switch setting in some games which just cheats away the cheat and dumps all our hard work down the drain. :-(
The "TRUE and HAPPY Ending"
Well... there's been a lot of talk about this next section; it's not a rebel
section. Here're the details...
When you finish the game normally, you get an ending (duh). Of course, this is not the real ending, just one put in to make the kids in the arcade happy. The real ending happens when you play in "Super" mode; that is when you input the title screen cheat which makes the cloud read "Super Bubble Bobble", not just "Bubble Bobble". Then you play the second 50 levels' monsters on the first levels 50 and vice-versa, and you get the "True and Happy ending". It has also been rumoured that if you finish the game with at least one player never having died, you get a different ending from the original one. I tend to believe this, seeing that a similar thing happens on Rainbow Islands... but can you find anyone who can finish Bubble Bobble on their own on one life? ;-)
Title Screen Cheats
These cheats come from the Bubble Bobble FAQ written by Gareth Hall.
They need to be typed in while the title screen is displayed. For those
battling to find out which is the title screen, it's the one that
says "Bubble Bobble" in a cloud. (L = Left, R = Right, U = Up,
D = Down, B = Bubble, J = Jump, S = Start (1 player button)) You can enter
more than one cheat by entering one, waiting while the attract mode stuff
happens, and then entering another one before putting the coin in.
|LJLSLBLS||It will say "power up!" at the bottom of the screen and you will have fast feet, and fast bubbles.|
|BJBJBJRS||It will say "original game..." at the bottom of the screen and the secret level doors will appear regardless of whether or not you have died.|
|SJBLRJSR||This enters the "super game", it will add "super" to the title screen. You play the game with the nasty monsters substituted for the nice monsters and vice versa. (This one isn't really a cheat as such because the game tells you to do it when you finish the game in normal mode so that you can get the true and happy ending.)|
|TAK||octopus||all remaining bubbles turn into wooden crosses worth 700|
|STR||flamingo||all remaining bubbles turn into pink dogs worth 700|
|KTT||glass mug||all remaining bubbles turn into pizzas worth 700|
|SEX||fork||fruit and vegetables fall from the sky and kill enemies|
|...||knife||valuable food items fall from the sky and kill enemies|
|can of cola||orange potion items fall from the sky and kill enemies|
If you enter the "SEX" cheat, it actually puts "H.!" in the high score list for the sake of the kiddies in the arcade.
|setting||get a life on|
|30/100||30 000, 100 000, 400 000|
|20/80||20 000, 80 000, 300 000|
|40/200||40 000, 200 000, 500 000|
|50/250||50 000, 250 000, 500 000|
The water sloshes back and forth for eternity, and the level never ends because there is infinite time and the last monster never leaves it. Once the other monsters are killed, there is no way to die, so the only way out is to switch the machine off! This Move could be used by unscrupulous players to gain a free credit in an arcade by claiming the machine had crashed. :-)
Also, if a monster throws his paddle/spade thing at you in a certain position on this level it will bounce between two walls for ever, with the same result as before. (And we thought unstable programming only came with the release of Windows?)
This page last changed 2000/04/01