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Description

The home version of Bust-A-Move is not a straight adaptation of the arcade game. It greatly increases the number of levels, has new gameplay features and introduces new modes.

The general concept remains the same: the player controls a catapult at the bottom of the screen that shoots bubbles of random colors. When three or more bubbles of the same color touch on the play field, they are removed, with any bubbles falling away that are not attached to ceiling, side wall or another bubble. The ceiling periodically descends, pushing the bubbles downward. The game is lost if any bubbles touch the bottom.

In single player mode, the goal is to clear pre-set bubble patterns. The game consists of 100 levels, more than tripling the number from the arcade game. Some arcade levels are reused, but most are entirely new. Also new are gameplay elements in the form of special bubbles: explosive bubbles destroy bubbles in a small radius around them if hit. Lightning bubbles move sideways if hit, clearing a horizontal line. Water bubbles burst, with the downward stream recoloring all bubbles it touches. Another new element is a boss fight in the final level.

The two-player mode from the arcade version also reappears, but optionally adds a series of ten computer opponents with different playing strategies. In two-player mode, the goal is to make the other player fail. Instead of the ceiling descending, new bubbles are added from the top. Removing more than the required three bubbles at a time sends bubbles to the opponent's field.

The final mode is Challenge mode: it is an endless unwinnable mode where new bubbles are continuously added from the top. It is played for high score: both the score and the number of bubbles popped are counted.

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Bust-A-Move Windows Now it's harder...
Bust-A-Move Windows Startup
Bust-A-Move Windows Counting time
Bust-A-Move Windows Let the game begin!..

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Alternate Titles

  • "Puzzle Bobble: Bust-A-Move" -- European SNES version title screen
  • "Puzzle Bobble" -- Japanese/European title

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User Reviews

Quite fun, but doesn't live up to Bubble Bobble. Tomer Gabel (4349) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
Power Play May, 1997 75 out of 100 75
PC Jeux Jun, 1997 71 out of 100 71
Gamesmania.de 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Joker Aug, 1997 56 out of 100 56
PC Games (Germany) May, 1997 49 out of 100 49

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Gabriel (112) added Bust-A-Move (Windows) on Dec 13, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (165413), Игги Друге (44992), Chris Chidester (28) and Indra is stressed (19939)