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Bust-A-Move

MobyRank MobyScore
Neo Geo CD
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4.5
PSP
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4.5
iPhone
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4.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Bust-A-Move Arcade Game lost
Bust-A-Move SNES Clear all the bubbles to pass the level.
Bust-A-Move SNES Title screen (European version).
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Round 1 clear

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 (4416)

The Press Says

Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Apr, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun SNES May, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1995 1.75 out of 6 85
IMPLANTgames Neo Geo CD Feb 22, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Gamesmania Windows 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jun, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Defunct Games Game Gear Feb 03, 2008 60 out of 100 60
Game Zero 3DO Dec, 1995 22.5 out of 50 45
Gamesmania N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 30 out of 100 30
Gaming Age N-Gage Jan 21, 2004 D- 16

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