Buster Bros Collection
Buster Bros. Collection is looking to cash in on two of the latest crazes of the video game industry. The first craze is releasing the old classic arcade games on your home gaming system so all of us Generation Xers will go spend our hard-earned dollars just so we can hearken back to our old arcade days. The second craze is the interest in anything tagged with the word "addictive." This word is thrown around more in the video game industry than in the Betty Ford Clinic, although few games hold up to the distinction. Buster Bros. Collection happens to be one of them.
The Buster Bros. Collection is a collaboration of all three Buster Bros. games which include the original Buster Bros., Super Buster Bros. and Buster Buddies. The games are all fairly similar, but have the same objective -- pop the bubbles. The three games combine to give you 300 levels of bubble-popping fun that allows two-player simultaneous play. Everything from the arcade originals has been preserved, so get ready for some late nights.
If you never made it to the arcades or just plain don't remember the Buster Bros. games, let me fill you in on the object of them. It may sound a bit complex at first but, oh well, here goes. Ready? The object is ... pop the bubbles. That's it. Pop the big bubble and it splits into two smaller bubbles. Pop the smaller bubble and it pops into two even smaller bubbles. Pop these and move on to the next level. If one of the bubbles happens to touch you, start the level over. Throw in a time clock that makes you complete the round before it expires, and that about describes the object of the game.
I am not going to individually review each of the three games on the disc since they are very similar, with the differences coming in the forms of different enemies and power-ups. So everything I say will hold true to all three games unless noted otherwise.
To help you in your bubble-bustin' adventures, some of the bubbles will drop various power-ups when they are popped. The power-ups depend on which game you are playing but range from different types of weapons to shoot the bubbles, time extensions, freeze clocks that stop the bubbles from moving for a short period of time, and dynamite that will pop the bubbles down one level. There is a best time to use each of the power-ups, and if you are not careful, you will lose a more powerful weapon by stepping on a weaker one. For example, if you have the machine gun (my personal favorite) and you step on a power wire, your weapon changes to the power wire. This forces you to have to watch both the bubbles in the air and the power-ups on the ground. Believe me, it is challenging.
The arcade original graphics have been preserved and actually still work great. This is not a game that requires 3D sprites and polygons to be fun. The graphics are bright, cheery and a perfect fit. I think the best compliment I can give them is that even if these were new games, not arcade classics, the graphics would still be good. I guess the designers of the originals need to be commended for doing a good job back then.
Buster Bros. Collection is good fun for the whole family. You won't find any technological breakthroughs here, but the game is just fun to play. Of all of the puzzle games available on the market, this is one of the better titles around. Even if this was a new set of games and not arcade classics, it would still be worth checking out. I guess Buster Bros. can legitimately use the catch phrase "addictive."
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Capcom will be bringing the Buster Brothers Collection to the PlayStation. You might recall seeing this game on the Super NES and PC engine in the past.
The object is simple, but the gameplay is addictive. The point of the game is to burst bubbles that bounce around the screen. When you strike a large bubble, it'll spin into two smaller ones. One hit from one of these babies, and you'll lose a life.
After a few rounds, you'll start finding power-ups that let you do all sorts of nifty things. Multiple shots, bullets and even a time freeze round out some of the goodies you'll pick up.
As the name infers, you can find the two incarnations of Buster Brothers. Each offers unique challenges, as even the best player will find himself surrounded by bubbles on all sides. The graphics look good, and the game is a lot of fun.
It's nice to see a game of this type on the PlayStation, isn't it?
- MANUFACTURER - Capcom
- THEME - Puzzle
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2
Do the math: one classic concept, three fun games, 16-bit graphics, and a 32-bit machine. Is it worth it? Sure, for nostalgic reasons or for Super Buster Brothers newcomers.
One or two players run around shooting upward at falling spheres. The game gets surprisingly tough as the spheres multiply and ricochet off floating platforms. It might be too close to 16-bit gaming for demanding PlayStation owners, but it's still a fun shoot-around.
- When you start out against both a small and a large sphere, go after the small sphere first.
- Don't stand underneath open shafts. You won't be able to fire fast enough to stave off the many falling spheres.
Though the sprites are small, the graphics are suitable for framing. The detailed backgrounds range from exotic locales to famoufc works of art, all with strong coldrs.
The cheerful nhisic cleverly matches the international settings. The sound effects are a little too-they remind you of the gantfs 1989 origins.
The multifaceted PlayStation controller gets no workout: Super Buster Brothers is a one-button game. At least it's easy to pick up and play.
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What'd you say? This game doesn't look like something for 32-bit? Well, it is. Capcom is releasing the three Buster Brothers games, Buster Brothers, Super Buster Brothers and Buster Brothers 3, here in the States. Up until now, only the original, Buster Brothers, was seen in arcades over here.Through the magic of 32-bit and the generosity of Capcom, we are now able to get our hands on these super-addictive shooters.
All you do in these games is shoot balloons, a la Pooyan. Stay alive long enough and goodies will start to rain down from the heavens, giving you such upgrades as stronger guns and faster feet. Watch out for falling dynamite, though: that's one bang that you don't want to be a part of. As I mentioned formerly, Buster Brothers is addictive.These games will become one major monkey on your back, so if you think you've seen the worst with Tetris, Columns and Zoop, you haven't seen them all.
True, this game doesn't maximize the ability of the 32-bit machine, but it still looks to be a ton of time-killing fun. Good ol' fashioned simplicity is sometimes all you need.