Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition (PlayStation)

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The whole thing just works, despite relaying on basic but vibrant graphics, and giving voice to a catchy, yet over stretched J-Pop soundtrack, Bust-a-Move 2 runs purely off the 'just one more go' factor. It offers a delectable selection of one player modes to keep you entertained, but the fun will always be in going head-to-head with human competition. You'll want to hog the limelight in the time-trial leader boards; you'll want to embarrass your lighty cursing opposition with perfectly weighted shots and landslide victories; you'll want to give that troublesome level you've just bailed out on one more try. To play Bust-a-Move 2 is to discover addiction. I'd comment on how many wasted hours I've lost on this game, but I'd be party to a lie -- they're not wasted, I don't regret it, and I'll eat up lots more time before I'm done. Much, much more. In simplicity we find perfection. This is the perfect case study for that.
The simplest ideas are sometimes the best, and I advise you to pick up a copy of this and prepare for many late nights. Forget them – there’s nothing more compelling and playable than this, especially with two players! Hey, it’s great by yourself, but indulge with a partner and the fun will last for ages. Know what I’m saying? Look, just buy it because it’s the most fun you can have on a PlayStation without whipped cream and it is without a doubt the greatest party game ever invented!
Mega Fun
Gerade auf dem Gebiet der Geschicklichkeitsspiele herrscht ja bekanntlich chronischer Ideenmangel. Um so erfreulicher, daß mit Puzzle Bobble 2 ein wirklich originelles Spielprinzip seine Verwirklichung fand. Zwar wird das Game nicht unbedingt den Status eines Tetris erreichen, trotzdem kann es einen durchaus stundenlang vor den Schirm fesseln, dieses unscheinbare Kugel-Abschießen. Was aber den ultimativen Kick bei Puzzle Bobble 2 ausmacht, ist, wie könnte es anders der Zwei-Spieler-Modus. Gameboy-Tetris-Zocker können sich in etwa vorstellen, welchen Spaß es macht, dem Gegner eine zünftige Portion der eigenen Kügelchen aufzubrummen. Die Grafik wurde bei alldem zwar eher zweckmäßig gestaltet, so das die Hintergrundbilder nicht sonderlich vom Spielgeschehen ablenken. Bei einem Game dieses Genres fällt so etwas jedoch weniger ins Gewicht. Puzzle Bobble 2 bietet also nicht nur für Knobelfans Unterhaltung pur!
The Video Game Critic
The first time I showed this to a friend, he ran out and bought it immediately, and later told me how he played it all night! Bust A Move 2 offers several modes of play, but the two-player simultaneous is by far the best. If the game has a flaw, it lies in its cheesy music and infantile sound effects.
Video Games
Die einfachsten Spielideen sind wirklich oft die besten: Auch bei der Fortsetzung ist man zwar nur damit beschäftigt, endlos auftauchende Farbkugeln in die richtige Ecke zu bugsieren, doch das alleine reicht schon aus, um ganz schön ins Schwitzen zu kommen. Sicherlich wird die Hardware in allen Belangen unterfordert, was allerdings durch das brilliante Spielprinzip völlig ausgeglichen wird. Zur Höchstform läuft Puzzle Bobble 2 im Zweispielermodus auf: Das altbekannte Zuschiebeverfahren und die stolze Anzahl von über 250 Leveln heben das Spielspaßbaraometer über die Classic-Grenze. Allerdings muß auch erwähnt werden, daß sich die Entwickler ansonsten wenig Neues haben einfallen lassen. Die Musik reißt niemanden vom Hocker, begleitet das Spielgeschehen aber passend. Tüftelfans, denen der überzogene Kindlichkeitsstil nichts ausmacht, kommen voll auf ihre Kosten.
Bust-A-Move 2 is a very fun game. Yes, it is addicting, and you will find yourself uttering the popular phrase, "Just one more game, dear." The graphics are nothing special, but it is not important in this game. It is a nice change of pace from the 3D shoot 'em or body slam 'em type games that are flooding the PlayStation market. If you want a game that is intense but is fairly a "no-brainer," go get this game. The best part is the price tag; you can pick this title up for under $40.
Absolute Playstation
Something called PLAYABILITY has just returned to gaming. Both the Sound and Graphics are uninspiring. Loads of options to keep you amused. 2 player head-to-head mode brings out the best in the game. If you are looking for a 3D polygon based 60 fps state of the art graphic and sound miracle, then that it ain`t, but if you want to spend endless (at least a few) nights of sheer playable joy, this sure is your game.
Bust-A-Move II isn't the best puzzle game ever, but it is loads of fun. And if you love cutesy Japanese characters, this title will have you captivated in front of your TV for hours on end.
All in all, Bust-A-Move 2 is a really average title and nothing more. This is an OK game with a fair amount of gameplay - if you like puzzle games and are tired of Tetris for the Playstation (where, let's face it, there isn't much else).