bballoon BnB Arcade

Immagine gioco: BnB Arcade
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Production year: 2003
Manufacturer: Eolith

Game genre: Maze
Category: Maze

This machine works in MAME with problems This machine works in MAME with problems

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Good
Sound emulation: Imperfect
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Not supported

In MAME since version: .117u1

The MAME driver of this machine is: ghosteo.cpp - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    ARM9 ("maincpu")cpu 200000000 Hz
    I8052 ("qs1000:cpu")cpu 24000000 Hz
    Speaker ("lspeaker")audio
    Speaker ("rspeaker")audio
    QS1000 ("qs1000")audio 24000000 Hz

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Horizontal
      Resolution 320 x 256 @ 60.000000 Hz

  • Number of players: 2P Simultaneous
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 2

  • ROMs (4 of the machine set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    flash.u13355443273285634 4d0210c1bebdf3113a99978ffbcd77d6ee854168 baddump bballoon
    b2.u205242880a12334c 535b5b34f28435517218100d70147d87809f485a good bballoon
    b1.u161048576c42c1c85 e1f49d556ffd6bc27142a7784c3bb8e37999857d good bballoon
    qs1001a.u17524288d13c6407 57b14f97c7d4f9b5d9745d3571a0b7115fbe3176 good bballoon

    :  PARENT Machine
    :  CLONE Machine
    :  BIOS
    :  Device


BnB Arcade (c) 2003 Eolith.

Players control cute cartoon characters in eight different settings on a small island. Environments include a glacier, a walled village with windmill, an underground train tunnel, a forest, a bomb factory, a desert oasis, and a small castle with its own mini-moat. The different environments are represented on the screen as various checkerboard settings for players to use as battlegrounds. Players begin their watery battle on foot, but they progress to using roller-skates, to riding on owls, turtles, octopi, or train cars, and piloting different types of flying saucers.

Power-up items include bigger and wetter water balloons, strength-building candy canes, needles that allow characters to burst an enemy balloon and escape from being trapped inside it, and many, many more. “Boss” characters pop up from time to time to increase the challenge by throwing their own balloons, stealing the players’ balloons, and causing the players to become slower or weaker. As players move through successive rounds, new strategies are required and new obstacles appear such as falling icicles that burst the player’s arsenal of balloons.

One player may compete against computer-controlled bosses or against other computer-controlled characters. Two players may simultaneously play in either cooperative or competitive mode. Each player uses a joystick and two buttons, one to attack and the second to deploy power-ups. The simple yet fun 2-D graphics show a top-down angle on each battlefield and are presented in a horizontal scrolling environment. Operators can select the number of rounds that players are required to stay in each environment and what feats must be accomplished to continue to the next level of play.


The 'BnB' stands for 'Balloon and Balloon'.

BnB Arcade is based on the South Korean online game of the same name developed by Nexon.

BnB Arcade was criticized by Korean gamers. Because the game was too similar to Hudson's Bomberman.


Game's ROM.

Giochi Simili

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on bballoon

0.117u1 [Pierpaolo Prazzoli]


- 0.140u3: Tim Schuerewegen fixed 'BnB Arcade' - Game now playable. David Haywood added idle skip for Eolith Ghost driver. Changed description of 'Balloon & Balloon' to 'BnB Arcade'. Replaced ARM7 CPU with ARM9 (200 MHz). Added Player 1-2, 8-way Joystick, 2x buttons and 2x coin slots.

- 0.132: Brian Troha updated Ghost Eolith driver with information out of Eolith driver about QS1000 and added the sample rom, with a note about it NOT being dumped from this PCB but is a common sample rom used by Eolith. Added 512k wavetable rom qs1001a.u17. Changed unknown region to sfx.

- 0.128u5: Angelo Salese fixed RGB565 bugs in Ghost Eolith driver.

- 0.128u4: Video emulation fixes to the Ghost Eolith HW (not yet working) [Angelo Salese]. Changed visible area to 320x256.

- 10th November 2008: Angelo Salese - Yesterday I've started to look at Balloon & Balloon (Eolith), it still doesn't work due of Flash ROM emulation.

- 0.117u1: Pierpaolo Prazzoli added Balloon & Balloon (Eolith 2003).

- 13th November 2005: Guru - I received a very new Eolith PCB called Balloon & Balloon (a Bomberman rip-off), thanks to Apollo69. This is the first arcade PCB I've seen that uses a 256MBit NAND FlashROM. The hardware is ARM-based and also uses the familiar sound hardware used on Eolith games, currently unemulated QDSP sound chips.

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