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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 SNES One of the power-ups not found in the arcade game.
Bust-A-Move SNES Game Over!
Bust-A-Move SNES Main Menu
Bust-A-Move SNES Starting the first round.

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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Just Games Retro Oct 07, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Apr, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun May, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Play Time Jun, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Jun, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Video Game Den Jul 01, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1995 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Players Jun, 1995 77 out of 100 77
SuperGamePower Nov, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
GamePro (US) Apr, 1995 3 out of 5 60


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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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