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Bust-A-Move (also known as Puzzle Bobble) is a real-time puzzle game in which the player controls a device called "pointer" at the bottom of the screen, aiming and releasing randomly colored bubbles upwards. Depending on the aiming, the bubbles may float up directly or bounce off the walls, changing their trajectory. The goal is to aim the bubbles in such a way that they will touch identically colored ones. When such bubbles form a group of three or more, they pop and disappear from the screen.

If the ceiling of the area is covered by too many bubbles, it will gradually descend; the game is over when it nearly reaches the player-controlled pointer. Should the player fail to release the bubbles within a specific time limit, they will be released automatically, unaffected by the pointer's aiming.

A two-player mode is included as well. Each player competes on an area occupying half of the screen, dealing with identically generated bubbles. Whenever a player successfully disposes of a bubble group, a part of it is transferred onto the opponent's part of the screen.

The game features the two dinosaur protagonists (Bob and Bub) as well as other characters from Bubble Bobble, even though the two games have distinctly different gameplay.


Bust-A-Move DOS Main menu
Bust-A-Move SNES Vs. Mode
Bust-A-Move DOS Two player head to head game. This can be played against another player on the keyboard or against the PC.
Bust-A-Move N-Gage Battle in the sky

Alternate Titles

  • "Puzzle Bobble VS" -- N-Gage title
  • "Puzzle Bobble Pocket" -- Japanese PSP title
  • "Puzzle Bobble Mini" -- European NGPC title
  • "Puzzle Bobble: Bust-A-Move" -- European SNES version title screen
  • "Puzzle Bobble" -- Japanese/European title
  • "Bust-A-Move Pocket" -- NGPC title
  • "Bubble Buster" -- Working title
  • "パズルボブル" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Quite fun, but doesn't live up to Bubble Bobble. Windows Tomer Gabel (4388)

The Press Says

AppSafari iPhone Feb 05, 2011 4.5 out of 5 90
Power Unlimited Neo Geo Pocket Color Dec, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Neo Geo Pocket Color Aug, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) 3DO Mar, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Game Players SNES Jun, 1995 77 out of 100 77
IMPLANTgames Neo Geo CD Feb 22, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamesmania Windows 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 49 out of 100 49
Game Zero 3DO Dec, 1995 22.5 out of 50 45
GameZone N-Gage Nov 30, 2003 3 out of 10 30


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1001 Video Games

Puzzle Bobble appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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