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Bust-A-Move 4 continues the gameplay tradition of the previous game in the series, focusing on releasing colored bubbles and matching them to make them disappear. This installment adds new characters to choose from, as well as a Story mode, where the player wins Tarot cards after each completed stage. In Story mode the player sees the story unfold as he defeats each CPU-controlled character (which change depending on the character the player starts with).

The Win Contest mode is a simple "how many games can I win in a row" against the computer. Finally, should the player complete the Challenge mode (where he must complete certain puzzles as fast as possible, and get judged on technique, speed etc.), the Edit mode will become available, which allows players put together their own puzzles, completing with each other.


Bust-A-Move 4 Windows Title screen
Bust-A-Move 4 Windows The background story isn't exactly Pullizer Prize material
Bust-A-Move 4 Windows Explanation of the new Chain Reaction gameplay
Bust-A-Move 4 PlayStation Two blocks pushing bubble clusters upwards.

Alternate Titles

  • "Simple 1500 Series Vol. 93: The Puzzle Bobble" -- Simple Series re-release title
  • "Puzzle Bobble 4" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Power Unlimited PlayStation Apr, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Super Play (Sweden) Game Boy Color Aug, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Electric Playground Windows Oct 02, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov 24, 2000 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Game Boy Color Jul, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameCola.net Dreamcast Nov, 2003 7.7 out of 10 77
Daily Radar Windows 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
Video Games Dreamcast Jul, 2000 74 out of 100 74
Power Unlimited Game Boy Color Oct, 1999 7.1 out of 10 71


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