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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 Game Gear Round 14, and you must hurry up and shoot!
Bust-A-Move Arcade Game lost
Bust-A-Move SNES Title Screen
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Oh no!

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 (4362)

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro SNES Oct 07, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mega Fun SNES May, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Power Unlimited Neo Geo Pocket Color Dec, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Gear Mar, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun WonderSwan Oct, 1999 78 out of 100 78
IMPLANTgames Neo Geo CD Feb 22, 2009 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 49 out of 100 49
Jeuxvideo.com N-Gage Oct 10, 2003 8 out of 20 40
IGN N-Gage Oct 08, 2003 2.2 out of 10 22


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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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