Throwback Thursday: Bubble Struggle

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

It’s the final Thursday of 2018! I can’t believe that! What better way to celebrate the final Thursday of the year other than with a throwback to a game I used to played years ago.

TBT: Bubble Struggle | PC Games | Old Games | Throwback Thursday | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

Bubble Struggle, which used to be called Bubble Trouble when I played it, is a PC game where you played as a devil-like character. His job was to destroy bubbles by shooting them in the air as they bounced around. The bubbles came in various sizes. Once you hit a big one, it’d split in two. Then you’d hit those and they’d split in two as well. Keep hitting them all until all the bubbles are gone. Then you move onto the next level.

It was a simple game. If I remember correctly, you just moved left and right with the arrow keys and hit the space bar to shoot. There wasn’t much to the levels either. The backgrounds were solid colors or gradients but it looked pretty enough. Some levels started with one bubble while others began with multiples. Again, they were various sizes so sometimes it would take a while to get rid of one bubble and it was very easy for the levels to get chaotic.

I remember there were power-ups for your gun that came out of the bubbles sometimes. This could be a laser which was much faster or it could be spikes that would stick to the ceiling and wouldn’t go away unless a bubble hit it – but that also meant you couldn’t shoot again unless something got rid of the bubble.

I can’t remember how many lives you had. I believe if you got hit three times by the bubbles then you lost. I also can’t remember if, when you lost, you had to start back at level one or if you just restarted the level you were currently on.

Wow. I’m honestly shocked I remember so much of the game. I wasn’t sure how I was going to write a blog post on this but once I started talking about it everything started coming back to me. I definitely want to track down this game and play again. Maybe, if I’m able to download it, I’ll stream it sometime. Though I’m not sure how entertaining that would be.

Bubble Struggle was the game that everyone in my entire school would play whenever we had computer time in elementary school. I mean, kids would fight over the three desktop computers that were in each classroom just so they could play Bubble Struggle. If you didn’t get to a computer fast enough, you’d have a crowd of kids behind you watching and rooting for you… or heckling you. I had a weird class.

I had completely forgotten about this game until Kris and I played The Bug Butcher. She mentioned how the game sort of reminded her of “that alien bubble game” I used to play. Naturally, I had no clue what she was talking about and Google somehow knew exactly what she meant when she said, “alien bubble game.” This is definitely one I need to try playing again. I just hope I don’t get addicted to it.

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Our Battle With Ghirahim [Throwback Thursday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

The other day, I was talking about Ghirahim and how I enjoy him as a villain and character as a whole. It reminded me of the first time Kris and I “met” Ghirahim in Skyward Sword back in 2011.

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Kris and I had gotten the game for Christmas the year it came out. We played the game to death – we both loved it.

At the time, Kris was working at a doggy day care place so she had to work through Christmas day (sometimes) and the week after. Normally she enjoyed taking that week off, but she couldn’t when it involved live animals.

So, we were sitting in the basement (because that’s where our gaming setup was at the time). We were playing the game and Kris needed to go to work soon. She went up against the first boss battle with Ghirahim. Between being a new game, learning Ghirahim’s fighting style, and the motion controls, Kris didn’t beat him on the first try.

She died over and over again to Ghirahim. I laughed and she laughed, but the longer it took her, the more fired up and frustrated she got.

Finally, on the hundredth time she was trying to fight him, she died again. She put the controller down admitting defeat saying she needed to get ready for work. Which she did have to get ready for work. She had to leave the house in about a half hour or something.

I picked up the controller and handed it back to her and said, “You’re all fired up. One more try. Just do it.”

She laughed and rolled her eyes knowing that a part of me just wanted to watch her die again, but she did it anyway. She agreed that she was fired up and she was determined to beat him.

So she tried one more time. And she beat him.

It was a smooth fight. She concentrated, was careful, and knew his battle style well at that point. So, she did it and she beat him. It was a satisfying fight.

It was one of those moments where I wish we had known about streaming and such. It would have been a great moment to have on video. Still, the memory is there. My storytelling might not do it justice, but just know that it was epic.

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Throwback Thursday: My First Time Playing Luigi’s Mansion

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Nintendo Switch as well as the new co-op mode for the original Luigi’s Mansion remake, I got to thinking back to the first time I played Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi has always been one of my favorites (no offense, Mario), so when I heard Nintendo was making a game just for Luigi, I was stoked. I assume I got the Gamecube game for Christmas or something shortly after it came out. But I never finished it.

I got to the first boss, Baby Chauncey, and once I beat him, I stopped playing. I got stuck.

Yep. I got stuck in Luigi’s Mansion.

I had no idea where to go after that even though the same lays it out for you and it’s fairly obvious. I think I caught a few more ghosts but couldn’t find where to go after that. I don’t think I had a key or a certain item I needed. I’m pretty sure I missed a step somewhere and never realized it.

It was quite a while later when I decided to finally go back and play the game. I believe it was when Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon was announced. I had wanted to get and play the game so bad but I realized I never even beat the first one.

I remember sitting in the basement with the large screen TV playing the game. I got spooked by the ghosts, especially being in the basement, because I’m a child, but I did it. I played through the whole game. I also remember thinking to myself, “How did I get stuck on this game?” So, yeah, I don’t know what I did the first time I tried playing it. I screwed up somewhere.

I’m glad I went back to it and beat it though. Then I got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. I played through that, got stuck on the final boss, and then stopped playing it for about a year or so. It was when my cousin, who’s about nine years younger than me, got to the final boss on her copy of the game. My competitiveness came out and I didn’t want her to beat the game before me. We spent a week away on summer vacation each playing our games. I beat the game before her, but it still took her a lot less tries to beat it than it took me.

I’m a good gamer, that’s all there is to it.

We’ll see how Luigi’s Mansion 3 is for the Switch!

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Throwback Thursday: Clue

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I decided to talk about something a little different today. Something that’s a classic and will never get old.

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The board game Clue originally came out in 1949 and there are have been various versions to come out ever since. This is a classic board game that myself and my family and friends have played over and over again. Currently, it’s a game my cousins and I love to play together. It’s a go-to game to bring on vacation with us whenever we go away.

A couple summers ago it was a game we played pretty much every day and multiple times during the day as well. You know, because it was summer so therefore we were inside all day.

They also have a DVD version of the game as well. It adds a little more to the board game. There are more characters and more rooms. It’s also a robbery rather than a murder, so you need to figure out who, where, what, and also when. It’s a lot to figure out and the inspector can give hints or force all the players to share one piece of evidence from their hand.

Clue is a classic and it’s one that I’ll always love to play with friends and family, old and new. It’s one of my favorite board games and no two play-throughs are ever alike.

There is a Clue video game that I’ve never played before and will definitely look into getting in the future.

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The Pokewalker [Throwback Thursday]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With some new information recently of Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, it’s gotten me excited for the games all over again. Especially for the Pokeball Plus.

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Honestly, I think the Pokeball Plus is what I’m looking forward to the most for the Let’s Go games. I love the idea of carrying my Pokemon around with me and being able to interact with them in some sort of way while they’re in the Pokeball.

It’s the closest thing I can get to having Pokemon be real, okay?

This brought me right back to the Pokewalker from Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Johto remakes for the Nintendo DS.

The Pokewalker was a flat Pokeball that you could clip onto your jeans. You could take one Pokemon for a “walk” at a time. It counted your steps which allowed your Pokemon to gain a level when they got put back into the game. You could also catch wild Pokemon and even find items to transfer over to your game.

That was definitely a feature I loved and missed when the next Pokemon games came out. I used to bring my Pokewalker with me to work. I kept it in my pocket and leveled up my Pokemon. On my break, I’d catch wild Pokemon and find items. It was nice to feel like I could still play video games even when I couldn’t. Plus, I enjoyed seeing how many steps I took during the day.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the Pokeball Plus and carrying my Pokemon with me everywhere I go… which isn’t far, but the illusion is there.

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Throwback Thursday: How I Got My Pokemon Blue Game

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! it’s got me thinking about the original Kanto games that game out in the 90s.

TBT: How I Got My Pokemon Blue Game | Nintendo | Gameboy Color | Pokemon | Video Games | Gaming | DoublexJump.com

I didn’t officially start my Pokemon journey until Johto because I was pretty young with Red, Blue, and Yellow came out. The first time I played Kanto was when FireRed and LeafGreen came out, though I had played Yellow and Blue later in life.

I still don’t have Pokemon Red – it’s the last game I need in order to complete my full Pokemon games collection. However, the Gameboy Color games are pretty hard to come by these days.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue on a whim on day years ago. I was searching eBay (I have no idea why) and I noticed there was Pokemon Blue on auction for a dollar – and there was only 10 minutes left of the auction.

I immediately texted my friend, who I knew had an eBay buyers account, and she let me sign into it so I could give it a go.

Once I was on, I set up a bid and waited. I constantly refreshed the page, but I realized if people hadn’t bid on it yet, who would?

People who wait until others bid on it first because, apparently, people like to wait until the last possible minute to bid so they can get it. Clever, definitely.

Let me tell you – those 10 minutes were the most stressful of my life. I ended up in a bidding war with one other person. For 10 minutes, I upped my bid just just a little bit every few seconds as the other person wasn’t letting up.

I won, needless to say. I remember I refreshed the page when the timer ticked to zero and the other guy’s username was still the latest bid. I’m not sure how I won, but I somehow managed to get my latest bid in right before the end.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue for $8.00. That’s it.

And it still works.

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Throwback Thursday: Shrek Super Party

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday and end of May!

It’s time for another Throwback and whereas I’ve been getting together with old friends and having more game nights with them, I was reminded of a certain game we used to play.

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A long, long time ago, I was sleeping over my friend’s house. We were in the basement and were playing video games. I can’t remember if we were playing the Playstation or the Gamecube, but we were playing Shrek’s Super Party.

It was a terrible game. But it was in the middle of the night, we were overtired, and therefore everything was hilarious. The game itself was pretty funny because it was an awful game, but 3AM makes everything funnier.

I’ll be honest, I don’t remember too much of the game. I believe she played as Fiona and I was Donkey and we played the mini-games instead of the main part of the game. I remember the game “Chick Magnet” the best.

As your character, you collected eggs from the chicks inside a farm. Whoever had the most won. We played this game on a loop because watching the baby chicks chase our big-headed characters was hilarious for some reason.

It’s funny to me how a game so bad – that much I remember – can give me such fond memories. We had played the game once more after that sleepover and as we played it, I remember we asked ourselves, “Why did we stay up all night playing this one game…?”

Obviously, I wouldn’t try to track it down and buy it now. But the memories are good.

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