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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 Neo Geo Pocket Color Choosing the initial round (Puzzle Mode).
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Title screen
Bust-A-Move DOS Round clear! That was pretty easy.
Bust-A-Move Arcade Almost lost...

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 (4352)

Critic Reviews

App Spy iPhone Aug 19, 2009 5 out of 5 100
Play Time SNES Jun, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun SNES May, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Gear Mar, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Windows May, 1997 75 out of 100 75
IGN iPhone Aug 19, 2009 7.1 out of 10 71
PC Joker Windows Aug, 1997 56 out of 100 56 N-Gage Oct 10, 2003 8 out of 20 40 N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 30 out of 100 30
GameSpot N-Gage Oct 13, 2003 1.4 out of 10 14


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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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