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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 Arcade Near end
Bust-A-Move Neo Geo Pocket Color Choosing the initial round (Puzzle Mode).
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Title screen
Bust-A-Move SNES The fire power-up is quite handy.

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 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 (4394)

The Press Says

Just Games Retro SNES Oct 07, 2008 97 out of 100 97
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
Mega Fun SNES May, 1995 89 out of 100 89
GamePro (US) 3DO Mar, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Portable Review Neo Geo Pocket Color Sep 25, 2007 32 out of 40 80
Game Players SNES Jun, 1995 77 out of 100 77
IGN Canada iPhone Aug 19, 2009 7.1 out of 10 71
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jun, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Random Access Neo Geo Pocket Color Jun 21, 2013 5.6 out of 10 56
GameSpy N-Gage Oct 04, 2003 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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

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