Clu Clu Land

クルクルランド

Clu Clu Land
System Famicom / NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre Action / Puzzle

The mean Sea Urchins have stolen all the Gold Bars in the undersea kingdom of Clu Clu Land and buried them. Bubbles sets out to uncover all the gold.

Bubbles can only travel in a straight line until she hits a wall. In order to change direction, she has to stick out her arm and grab Turn Posts to spin around. Passing between Turn Posts reveals the Gold Bars. When all of the Gold Bars have been uncovered a picture is revealed and the stage is cleared.

Bubbles can also blast the Urchins with a shockwave and push them into walls for bonus points.

Alternate Versions

VS. Clu Clu Land

VS. Clu Clu Land

A expanded edition of Clu Clu Land released in the arcade as VS. Clu Clu Land, and later on the Famicom Disk System simply as Clu Clu Land. The game includes a number of new features:

  • A new title screen and demo showing the characters and items.
  • Choose between Beginner and Expert. In Expert, crossing over Gold Bars a second time will flip them upside-down.
  • Every maze type has four new pictures to uncover in addition to the puzzles from the first game.
  • Defeating many Sea Urchins in a stage will make the huge Boss Urchin appear. Destroy it for a large bonus score.
  • Updated music plays throughout the game.

Release Information

Clu Clu Land

Region Date Name System
Japan 22 Nov 1984 クルクルランド Clu Clu Land Famicom/NES
US Oct 1985 Clu Clu Land Famicom/NES
Europe 15 Feb 1987 Clu Clu Land Famicom/NES
US 21 Apr 2003 Clu Clu Land-e Game Boy Advance
Card-e Reader
Japan 21 May 2004 ファミコンミニ12 クルクルランド Famicom Mini 12. Clu Clu Land Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini
US 01 Sep 2008 Clu Clu Land Wii
Virtual Console
Europe 06 Mar 2009 Clu Clu Land Wii
Virtual Console

VS. Clu Clu Land

Region Date Name System
Japan 1984 VSクルクルランド VS. Clu Clu land Arcade
US 1984 VS. Clu Clu Land Arcade
Japan 28 Apr 1992 クルクルランド Clu Clu Land Famicom
Disk System
Japan 10 Mar 2009 クルクルランド Clu Clu Land Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 12 Jun 2013 クルクルランド Clu Clu Land Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console

Other Availability

Clu Clu Land and VS. Clu Clu Land (as Clu Clu Land D) are available to play in the following games:

How To Play

Controls

  • + Control Pad

    Makes Bubbles stick out her arm in the chosen direction. If she hits a turning post she will grab it with that hand and spin around for as long as you hold down that direction on the Control Pad.

  • A & B Button

    Send out electric shock waves to stun the Sea Urchins. Bubbles can only have two shock waves on-screen at any one time.

  • START Button

    Pause: If you wish to interrupt play in the middle of a game, press the START button. The pause tone will sound and the game will stop. Press the START button again when you wish to continue playing. The game will continue from where you left off.


Basic rules

  • If Bubbles passes between two Turn Posts where a Gold Bar is hidden, it will appear on screen.
  • Find all of the Gold Bars within the time limit. When all of the Gold Bars are uncovered, a picture is revealed and the stage is cleared.
  • Sea Urchins will appear from Black Holes and will move around the maze. They are unable to move through uncovered Gold Bars.
  • Hit the Sea Urchins with shock waves to stun them temporarily, and after a while they will recover. To defeat the Sea Urchin for good, stun it and push it into the walls of the maze.
  • There are 5 mazes in Clu Clu Land: Pink, Green, Blue, Purple and Yellow.
  • After clearing the Yellow stage you go to a Bonus Round, where the aim is to uncover as many Gold Bars as you can before the timer runs out.
  • After the Bonus Stage you will repeat the mazes from Green with certain conditions changed (for example: higher speed, more enemies, pass over Gold Bars twice to uncover them).
  • Bubbles loses a life if she hits a Sea Urchin, falls into a Black Hole or if the timer runs to 0.
  • After clearing 21 scenes you have beaten Clu Clu Land. The game will go back to the beginning with scene 22, where moving over an uncovered Gold Bar will cover it up again.

Scoring

After clearing a stage or losing your last life, your points are tallied on the score display screen. Note that Bonus Fruit, Bonus Sacks and other points are added during game play.

  • Each Gold Bar uncovered - 100pts
  • Defeat each Sea Urchin - 500pts
  • Time - Each second left on the timer - 10pts
    1P Game - Finish a round within 300 on the timer - 2,000pts
  • In the 2P Game, the player who gets the most gold bars - 2000pts
  • Uncover all Gold Bars in the Bonus Round - 3000pts

Note that it actually seems near-impossible to uncover all the Gold Bars in the Bonus Round within the short time limit.

Characters

Bubbles

Bubbles

The hero. She is a red, ball-shaped creature with two long arms that she uses to grip Turn Posts in order to change direction. She will bounce off walls like a ball, but burst if she touches the Sea Urchin's spikes. She can attack the Sea Urchins by shooting shock waves from her mouth.

Bubbles (P2)

Bubbles (P2)

In the 2 Player Game, the second player controls a green Bubbles. If the two Bubbles hit each other, they bounce away in opposite directions.

Enemies & Obstacles

Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin

The mean Sea Urchins that stole the treasure and hid it in the mazes of Clu Clu Land. They appear from Black Holes and wander around the maze, getting in Bubbles' way. If Bubbles bumps into a Sea Urchin she will burst and lose a life. Shoot a Sea Urchin with a shock wave and it will shrivel up for a short time. While it is shrivelled, Bubbles can push it into the walls of the maze to defeat it.

Black Hole

Black Hole

A swirling vortex where the Sea Urchins live. If Bubbles crosses a Black Hole, she will be sucked inside and lose a life. Bubbles can pass over the top of a Black Hole if she is holding a Turn Post.


Rubber Trap

Rubber Trap

A pink rubber trap set by the Sea Urchins that will suddenly appear when passing between two Turn Posts. If Bubbles hits the Rubber Trap she will immediately turn around.

Boss Sea Urchin

Boss Sea Urchin

The leader of the Sea Urchins only appears in VS. Clu Clu Land / Clu Clu Land D. When Bubbles defeats many Sea Urchins on a single stage, Boss Sea Urchin will appear and move quickly around the maze. If Bubbles shocks and defeats the Boss Sea Urchin, she gets a bonus.

Items

Turn Post

Turn Post

Posts found in each level. Bubbles hooks her hand around them in order to turn and change direction.

Gold Bar

Gold Bar

The treasure, stolen by the Sea Urchins and hidden in the mazes of Clu Clu Land. When Bubbles passes over where a Gold Bar has been hidden, it will appear. When all of the Gold Bars have been uncovered the stage is cleared.


Bonus Fruit

Bonus Fruit

Delicious fruit that appears randomly on the stage for a short time. Worth 800 points.

Bonus Sack

Bonus Sack

A mystery bag that appears randomly on the stage for a short time. Worth 1,500 points.


Bonus Flag

Bonus Flag

A white flag that appears randomly on the stage for a short time. Rewards you with an extra life.

Bonus Timer

Bonus Timer

A clock that appears randomly on the stage for a short time. When collected, the screen brightens and the Sea Urchin, time counter, and opposing player (in the 2 Player mode) will freeze for a few seconds.