Bubble Kong boss guide

The object is not to ride the bubbles up and shoot the boss, but to hit it with the bubbles. On stage one the bubble will rise to the cthulhu in the amount of time it takes for the cthulhu to cross one screen. So, if you shoot a fireball in the middle while the cthulhu is in the middle, it will likely be a hit. If you shoot one on the edge while the cthulhu is on the opposite edge, it will likely hit. In stage 2, the boss will cross a screen-and-a-half before the bubble reaches it's level. So, shoot the fireballs on the edge while the cthulhu is in the middle headed towards the opposite edge. Shoot the ones in the middle while it is on either edge. Beyond that, it's just a matter of dodging fireballs. Stay behind the boss, and try to cross under immediatly after it shoots a fireball. As for the other levels, don't touch the baddies, don't fall below the screen, jump at the right time, and remember that it's often advantageous to take bubbles rather than platforms.

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I too made the mistake initially of trying to ride the bubbles up and shoot him.

The boss kicked my butt for a while last night, I'm not sure how many times I had to play it in order to beat it (but I finally did).

One thing that helped me was to jump up and shoot the baddies shortly after they are dropped by the boss. It's hard to time, but if you can do it right, you can get the rising bubbles to hit him pretty quickly, and you don't have to worry about dodging the baddies as they bounce along the ground (they always seemed to get me on the bounce on the second stage).

Nice writeup! Thanks!