JVC Digital Studios (Europe)
Virgin Interactive (White Label)
Bay Area Multimedia (Yogi Bear: Great Balloon Blast)
|Platform(s)||Arcade, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, PlayStation Network, Microsoft Windows|
|Mode(s)||Single player, or 2 players simultaneously|
|CPU||M68000 clocked at 12 MHz|
|Sound||Zilog Z80 clocked at 3.579545 MHz, YM2151 clocked at 3.579545 MHz|
|Display||Raster, 288x224, horizontal orientation|
Its gameplay can be described as a hybrid of Puzzle Bobble, Arkanoid, and Space Invaders. Rows of coloured balloons advance down the screen, and the player must shoot their own balloons at them. When three balloons of the same colour match up, they disappear.
The original version of the game featured characters from Taito games such as Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2, KiKi KaiKai, Don Doko Don, and The NewZealand Story, and was released worldwide in arcades and in Japan and Europe for the PlayStation and Game Boy Color. Both the PlayStation and Game Boy Color versions added additional characters from other Taito games, such as Bubblun from Bubble Symphony, Ptolemy from The Fairyland Story, Chack'n from Chack'n Pop, Hipopo from Liquid Kids, and Drunk from Bubble Bobble. Chack'n, Hipopo and Drunk are hidden in the PlayStation version, but initially playable in the Game Boy Color version. A PC version was released in the UK by Vektorlogic Ltd. in 2000, under license from Taito, with reworked graphics.
The original arcade version also appeared in the Xbox and PC versions of Taito Legends 2, though missing the Arcade and PlayStation's 15 kHz scan-lined video output (they feature upscaled graphics instead), and to date has not been collected in any of the Japanese Taito Memories compilations. The PlayStation version was re-released on the PlayStation Network on January 13, 2009 in Japan.
The Game Boy Color version was released in North America with Yogi Bear characters, under the title Yogi Bear: Great Balloon Blast. A version was also announced for the Wii console for release in Europe in 2007, according to the Q2 Update posted by Nintendo of Europe. However, in common with other planned updates of Taito franchises such as KiKi KaiKai 2, Taito appear to have withdrawn their license for unknown reasons, and the game was reworked and released under the name Balloon Pop in North America and Pop! in Europe.