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Bubble Trouble is a homage to Frozen Bubble and Puzzle Bobble.
Frozen Bubble got me though some long lectures in college so I thought it would be a perfect game for PICO-8. Now it can get me though some long meetings instead.


  • 20 hand-crafted levels
  • Randomly generated levels
  • Precision aiming
  • One-Handed mode (on the pause menu)
  • Bubbles
  • A penguin with a bubble cannon
  • Epic sprite rotation
  • Music that loops (but not every 6 seconds)
  • Explosions

I hope you enjoy!

P#99324 2021-10-29 17:50 ( Edited 2021-11-09 06:19)

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Good. A few things, @kallanreed:

  1. You should not have a color to shoot if that color no longer exists on the board. For instance your next shot is blue but there are no blue bubbles on the board. Then instead select a color that is on the board.

  2. Gravity. Any disconnected bubbles from the top should fall and be counted as score.

  3. Suggestion only. Speed up the shot slightly, same calculations involved.

If this is based on Puzzle Bobble, here is the original arcade version for your research:


P#99330 2021-10-29 18:35 ( Edited 2021-10-29 18:36)

@dw817 TIL Puzzle Bobble.
I learned about this game as Frozen Bubble.

P#99331 2021-10-29 18:56

The game is also known als "bust-a-move".

some suggestions:
In the first level (or easy-mode) it should show a guide-line, where the bubble will move.
When you press up, the "cannon" should move straight up.
After x bubbles the playfield should move down.
when the circle-button is hold, the left/right should only move one tick.

P#99334 2021-10-29 19:15

Yep. Enter big bad CLONE games, rarely improving on the original, @kallanreed. In any case, Puzzle Bobble, also called Bust-A-Move outside North America and Europe, from Taito is the first game of its kind for the arcade and appeared back in 1994.

Suggestions from @GPI are spot on.


P#99336 2021-10-29 19:20 ( Edited 2021-10-29 19:23)

@GPI @dw817 thanks for the suggestions. I'm still working on the core parts so some of the features just aren't ready yet (like the top push down). Still a ton of work to do, but I uploaded a new version with some of the improvements.

P#99354 2021-10-30 01:09

Actually quite good. Music is nice. Fine updates to the game. I got all the bubbles but the level didn't change.

P#99355 2021-10-30 01:36

Update 2)
Levels and unlimited random levels
Better collisions

P#99433 2021-10-31 18:50

much more playable.

i found a bug - the bubble can be stuck and then the game hangs:

P#99435 2021-10-31 19:23

@GPI - thanks, I'm still trying to get to the bottom of that bug. I updated again. the bubble may disappear but it shouldn't hang.

P#99436 2021-10-31 19:34

Great game :D
I hope you done your project with success.

P#99753 2021-11-07 20:12

After spending WAY too long learning about sprite rotation and tline, I polished this up over the weekend. I think it's close to as done as I care to take it. I'll probably add a few more hand crafted levels and then release it (barring bugs).

P#99779 2021-11-08 04:50

Hey, I like this a lot! Feels really polished, precise gameplay, nice art as well. Nice job :)

P#99781 2021-11-08 06:09

My highest score if anyone wants to play.

P#99856 2021-11-09 06:25

As i already mentioned on Reddit. Here again.... I love it!!!

P#99903 2021-11-10 13:07

That feeling when you try to angle a rebound to get into a specific spot and it goes exactly there! Great recreation

P#100006 2021-11-12 21:03

@kallanreed, The game looks very polished. It's still having the same situation where you are given a color that does not match the board.

Remember I mentioned this in your early release ?

Here you have a yellow bubble and no yellow bubbles above. Bust-A-Move and clones would not permit this and instead change to the next colored bubble that does appear in the board above. Otherwise you just lose a move by shooting a color that does not at all appear above.

P#100014 2021-11-12 23:48 ( Edited 2021-11-12 23:49)

@dw817 I actually decided to leave it like that. You can see the next ball so you have to plan accordingly. You won’t get a next ball that isn’t on the board.

P#100020 2021-11-13 02:24

Thanks for the game! One problem that I have is that it's difficult to tell red bubbles apart from slightly different red (possibly green?) ones. But I may be slightly colourblind :)

P#103017 2021-12-17 20:45

Nice game I like how there is different levels!

P#103026 2021-12-17 21:40

One of my favorite kind of puzzle games, along with the above mentions I also know this as Puzzle de Pon, which is my favorite iteration. Did a great job, RNG didn't seem too bad, and the above "next" issues are in the OG games I've played. I think I overflowed the score, though, hahaha.

P#104977 2022-01-13 05:39 ( Edited 2022-01-13 05:40)

@Pepperly, I think you won the game! I'm always amazed at how bad I am at games.

P#105030 2022-01-13 19:49

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