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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 Neo Geo Pocket Color Shooting a yellow bubble needed to clear a group of the same color.
Bust-A-Move Neo Geo Pocket Color Aiming in a blue flashing ball.
Bust-A-Move Neo Geo Pocket Color Title screen

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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Critic Reviews

Defunct Games Jan 15, 2005 A- 91
Power Unlimited Dec, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
Portable Review Sep 25, 2007 32 out of 40 80
Video Games Oct, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Aug, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Random Access Jun 21, 2013 5.6 out of 10 56


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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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