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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of puzzle games, and Bust-A-Move in particular, so it might be easy to dismiss my comments as the ranting of a fanboy. Let’s be clear, I like puzzle games, but they actually need to be good in order to get my attention and stick around longer than the review process. Bust-A-Move Deluxe has not only become a permanent companion to my PSP when I travel, it may well wind up being one of my picks for favorite games of the year.
Because of that high challenge factor, Bust-A-Move Deluxe is pretty much a game for the hardcore puzzle fans. I can imagine a lot of casual players getting really angry at it, really quickly, before going right back to Lumines for their PSP puzzle fix. If you can handle it, though, this will provide you with hours of entertainment, and probably a couple of hours of beating your head against the wall.
Nintendo DS owners have a pretty good version of Bust-A-Move, so it's only fair PSPers get one, too. Bust-A-Move Deluxe has a few shortcomings, but the core BaM magic is there, especially in multiplayer (too bad there's no game sharing). A little more care to the game's overall presentation would have put this one over the top into true greatness, but as it stands this is a title that puzzle fans should consider, and Bust-A-Move fans should probably pick up.
This game has a lot of replay value going for it. In addition to those 24 modes of play I mentioned earlier, there are also unlockable characters, hidden in various vs. CPU modes for the most part, as well as unlockable alternate attack patterns for each character. There’s also the fact that the game’s got inherent replayability simply because it is Bust-A-Move. However, there is that one aforementioned blemish keeping this game's replay at a meager eight: lack of online play. It’s a shame really. Ah well, maybe next time.
Though the game is fun, it's still hard to deny the fact that it's basically a port. While the new modes are great, they'll only last for so long: the true bulk of the gameplay is relegated to a game that many have played before. Sure it's nicely formatted for the PSP screen, and great on the go, but I personally couldn't help but feel as though I wanted something more out of a port. I've played hundreds of hours of Puzzle Bobble in my life, and though the system is still wonderful, I ended up getting bored pretty quick. It's hard to have something as visceral and trance-inducing as Lumines, and turn to this and expect the same kind of engagement. Even though spending $40 does seem somewhat steep, if you are hankering some classic Bust-A-Move action, or are simply looking for a new puzzle game for your PSP, you really can't go wrong with this game. If nothing else, it will remind you of a time when games were meant for one simple purpose: fun.
Bust-A-Move Ghost is exactly the sort of game these handhelds were made for, although certain corners of the gaming world will always demand graphics over gameplay. Yes Bust-A-Move doesn’t harness the power of the PSP but it does offer some challenging and addictive puzzles that simply melts away your spare time. Take the game on a journey and you’ll be there before you know it. It might not push the capabilities of the PSP, but it’ll still be ‘that’ game you constantly come back to.
Consequently, Bust-A-Move Deluxe is a middling port, fun for masters of the game, but potentially frustrating for less skilled players. The alternate modes add unexpected value, especially since Ghost is so much fun, but not enough to dethrone the PSP's best puzzlers.
Nobody's going to accuse Bust-A-Move Deluxe of reinventing the puzzle genre, or of going out of its way to draw new disciples with its $40 price tag. But while it lacks the slick style of Lumines or the raw compulsive draw of Tetris, its 1,000+ stages are fun, challenging and addictive all the same.
Offrant un gameplay et des sensations de jeu différentes de l'épisode DS, cet opus PSP se démarque en proposant une flopée de modes de jeux pertinents desquels on a du mal à décrocher. Aussi accrocheur en solo qu'à plusieurs, Bust-a-Move Ghost vous fera passer un agréable moment si vous appréciez les puzzle-games où l'adresse prime autant que la réflexion.
Nevertheless, with virtually no load times and easy controls, it's a nice, simple, portable pleasure, and I'd argue that games like this are actually better on the go than they are in their original console-bound form.
Short of Internet play, Bust-A-Move Deluxe really has just about everything a Bust-A-Move game can and should have. For all the different modes of play that are available, though, none of it changes the intrinsic nature of Bust-A-Move. The modes can be interesting and entertaining, to be sure, but with the series having kicked around 20 or so different platforms over the past 10 years with little appreciable change, the real question is: Who hasn't played enough Bust-A-Move by now?
As long as you're prepared to take the new modes with a pinch of salt, and as long as you didn't pick up Bust A Move Deluxe, there's still an all-time classic to be had here at the right price. If you've always hankered after a handheld version of one of the best puzzlers there's ever been, then this is a serviceable port that does the job, but just be aware that you'll probably want to skip over the new modes very quickly.
Plus à l'aise sur consoles portables que sur Xbox, Bust-a-Move a beau essayer de se renouveler, il donne toujours l'impression de jouer au même jeu. Cet opus, sorti avec deux ans de retard chez nous, a servi de base pour la version PSP, et se révèle donc moins riche que cette dernière. Même à petit prix, ce titre n'attirera donc que les amateurs de jeux de réflexion qui ne sont pas très gâtés en la matière sur Xbox.