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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.


Bust-A-Move Game Gear Hitting a sensitive spot causes a lot of bubbles to fall
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Bub vs. Bubble Buster
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Password screen
Bust-A-Move Game Gear Round 1 clear

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Alternate Titles

  • "Puzzle Bobble: Bust-A-Move" -- European SNES version title screen
  • "Puzzle Bobble" -- Japanese/European 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. Windows Tomer Gabel (4640)

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro SNES Oct 07, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
3DO Magazine (UK) 3DO Dec, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Video Games SNES Jun, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Retrogaming History Game Gear Feb 08, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun WonderSwan Oct, 1999 78 out of 100 78
Game Players SNES Jun, 1995 77 out of 100 77
PC Jeux Windows Jun, 1997 71 out of 100 71 Windows 1997 70 out of 100 70
Defunct Games Game Gear Feb 03, 2008 60 out of 100 60
Game Zero 3DO Dec, 1995 22.5 out of 50 45


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