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Bust-A-Move (Windows)

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Description

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.

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

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 title
  • "Bust-A-Move Pocket" -- NGPC title
  • "Bubble Buster" -- Working title
  • "パズルボブル" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Quite fun, but doesn't live up to Bubble Bobble. Tomer Gabel (4388) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

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 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Games (Germany) May, 1997 49 out of 100 49

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Trivia

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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