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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 Windows Now it's harder...
Bust-A-Move SNES Title screen (European version).
Bust-A-Move Game Gear The results scroll by
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 (4388)

The Press Says

PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
Mega Fun Neo Geo CD Feb, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Retrogaming History Game Gear Feb 08, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Gear Mar, 1996 8 out of 10 80
PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1997 71 out of 100 71
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
Pocket Gamer UK iPhone Sep 07, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Gamesmania N-Gage Dec 17, 2003 30 out of 100 30
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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