Bust-A-Move

a game by Taito

Platforms: SNESSNESGameGear

Genres: Puzzles & Words, Strategy/War

See also: Bust A Move Games

Bust-A-Move

If you've played any of the Bubble Bobble series, you know Bubby and Bobby. Taito brings 'em back for a Tetris-like game that starts out fun but ultimately lacks intricacy and longevity.

Where You Bin?

Using a launcher, you fling colored bubbles into a bin. Grouping three or more like- colored bubbles drops them off the play field. You can bank bubbles off the walls, but you must sight your shots quickly and accurately.

ProTip: If you have to waste a bubble before you can group several together, toss the bubble to a spot where it can be taken out with the group.

The control is as elementary as rotating your launcher to the angle you want and pushing a fire button. Adding to the diversity are different one-player contests, duels against the computer, or battle with another player.

As with previous Bubble Bobble games, this one delivers bright, colorful graphics -- no elaborate detail, parallax scrolling, or 3D imagery here, though Bubby and Bobby cranking the launcher's gears is cute. The audio gets a similarly basic treatment: It's functional, but it hardly pushes the SNES envelope.

Burst Your Bubble

While Bust-A-Move starts off like a sharp puzzler, it loses its appeal after a few redundant rounds. Sadly, it comes up short in the two-player mode, too. By racking up color matches, you rapidly fill up your opponent's bin and the game's over far too quickly to be exciting.

If you're really into puzzlers, you might want to give Bust-A-Move a rental test drive. Better yet, dust off your NES and take Bubby and Bobby through some Bubble Bobble, a game with the durability that this one's missing.

  • As the round starts, look for a bank shot that may take out a chunk of the board.
  • Don't let the mobile backgrounds distract you.

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  • Manufacturer: Taito for
  • Machine: Super NES

Shoot colored bubbles at other colored bubbles and knock them off the wall! Sounds kinda like bath time at my house, but I've never seen any colored bubbles there. Anyway, this is a fun game for lovers of the Tetris genre.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Taito
  • Machine: Super NES

Shoot colored bubbles at other colored bubbles and knock them off the wall! Sounds kinda like bath time at my house, but I've never seen any colored bubbles there. Anyway, this is a fun game for lovers of the Tetris genre.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Taito
  • Machine: Super NES

Shoot colored bubbles at other colored bubbles and knock them off the wall! Sounds Cede like bath time at my house, but I've never seen any colored bubbles there. Anyway, this is a fun game for lovers of the Tetris genre.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Taito
  • Machine: SSuper NES

This is an action\puzzle game that at first glance might make you think of Tetris, but really doesn't play like anything else.

The idea is to shoot colored spheres to the top of the screen. The spheres stick and hang from the "ceiling," and if you can get three of the same color spheres to touch, they explode, which also allows any spheres of a different color that have been hanging from them to drop. Of course, the ceiling is dropping the whole time, and you have a set number of spheres to get through before it reaches the floor and crushes your launcher.

This was a sleeper hit at Winter CES, and since the Game Players' booth was right next to Taito's booth, a lot of GP staff members got hooked before we even knew what was happening. This may be one of the most heavily addictive puzzle games to hit the market in a while.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Taito
  • Machine: Super NES

Shoot colored bubbles at other colored bubbles and knock them off the wall! Sounds kinda like bath time at my house, but I've never seen any colored bubbles there. Anyway, this is a fun game for lovers of the Tetris genre.

reggie posted a review
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