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B.O.B. / Space Funky B.O.B.
Game Code: B4 Genre: Action/ Shooter
US Title: B.O.B. US Publisher: Electronic Arts
Japan Title: Space Funky B.O.B. Japan Publisher: Trigger Development Research
Title in Kanji: Title in Kana:
European Title: B.O.B. Europe Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Grey Matter Players: 1
Accessories: none Special Chips: none
Save: password

This game seems like it should be on an 8 bit system. Although the graphics are ok, the sound and control seem total 8 bit. The way the character jumps, and the sometimes lacking in response when you press the jump button just doesn't feel right. Another thing reminicent of the 8 bit era are the pits that you can't escape out of, even if you don't die. And another problem was this part that you had to jump just perfectly to get to the next section, and since jumping is so erratic, it is bloody frustrating. The levels were kind of like mazes, but in the first few levels I played, they weren't too difficult to figure out. Later in the game, there was a spaceship level which was like the underwater level in Earthworm Jim, but not as good. The robot character you play with seems quite lame. They tried to make some funny captions for him, but they flopped. Not a very good game, as far as I could tell.

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B.O.B. is just like any ordinary teenage robot: he crashed his car on his way to a date, and armed with an arsenal of weapons, must fight across an entire planet of bug creatures, perilous traps, and wacky bosses in order to reach his girlfriend. This cartoony platformer is at times arduous and a tad bit boring, but kind of endearing in a funny way. The weapon and tool systems are quite fun, but the continuous stretch of levels is likely to wear down most players. A relatively-fun animated game for its time. - J.D. Smith


Prototypes

Region Cart/PCB scan Dump Status State of Completion Source Notes Details
USA yes undumped Identical to final prototype cartridge Sold on Ebay in July 2013 to an unknown bidder. Checksum on label is the same as final. link

Cartridge label information

Region Country Serial Code notes Scan
Americas USA SNS-B4-USA regular release link
PAL Germany SNSP-B4-NOE regular release scan needed
PAL United Kingdom SNSP-B4-UKV regular release scan needed
Asia Japan SHVC-B4 regular release scan needed

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PCB Information

ROM Chip ID Region Known Man. Dates PCB Type CIC SRAM Decoder/ Logic Circuit Special Chips
SNS-B4-0 (front) USA - SHVC-1A0N-20 D411A - --

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Box information

Region Country Serial Code Notes Front Scan Back Scan
Americas USA SNS-B4-USA Regular Release link link

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Screenshots

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