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Bust-A-Move

MobyRank MobyScore
Neo Geo CD
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4.5
WonderSwan
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Game Gear
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4.2
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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 Game Gear Challenge game in progress
Bust-A-Move N-Gage Terrible 3D Animations
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Oh no!
Bust-A-Move Windows Counting time

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 (4364)

The Press Says

Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Apr, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Neo Geo CD Feb, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1995 1.75 out of 6 85
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Gear Mar, 1996 8 out of 10 80
Defunct Games Game Gear Feb 03, 2008 60 out of 100 60
PC Player (Germany) Windows Jun, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Sep 07, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Random Access Neo Geo Pocket Color Jun 21, 2013 5.6 out of 10 56
PC Games (Germany) Windows May, 1997 49 out of 100 49
Gamesmania N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 30 out of 100 30

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Trivia

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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