Super Bust-A-Move - PC

Also known as: Super Bust A Move

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Super Bust-A-Move (PC)
Also for: PS2, GBA
Viewed: 2D Static screen Genre:
Puzzle: Falling Blocks
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Eon Soft. Co.: Taito Corporation
Publishers: Eon (GB)
Released: 19 Oct 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Control Pad


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Once upon a time in Japan, a little man decided that dragons would be well partnered with multi-coloured bubbles. He took his musings to the board of directors at Taito and everyone wholeheartedly agreed.

Bubble Bobble was born, the platform game in which two little cutie-pie dragons must capture monsters in bubbles. Bubble Bobble was one of the defining games of the eighties and spawned many fantastic sequels and spin-offs, the most popular of which has been the Bust-A-Move series or Puzzle Bobble in Japan.

The idea is simple: Fire bubbles up the screen at a wall of bubbles that slowly descends. When three bubbles of the same colour come into contact they vanish. If you let the advancing wall of bubble touch the bottom, you lose. If you make them all disappear, you win.

Early games in the series deviated little from this winning and addictive formula. With the release of Neo Puzzle Bobble on the Neo Geo, a battle mode was introduced, in which players compete to clear the screen of bubbles in the fastest time. Chances of success could be improved by allowing bubbles to drop without bursting them. These would then be sent over to your opponents side making his life somewhat trickier.

Various additions and improvements to the series have been made by the ever-resourceful Taito over the years, and Super Bust-A-Move is a prime example of this. Following on from the sliding suspended scales as featured in BAM 3, Super BAM brings a whole load of crazy new features.

The walls now occasionally revolve around the screen and cause the balls to spin on contact. This means that you have to adjust your bounce shots accordingly, a brand new and somewhat surprising addition to the series.

Also included are small bubbles. These little gems are about half the normal size when launched, but become full size on impact with other bubbles, enabling you to sneak your way into previously inaccessible places.

Super Bust-A-Move has an all new look that you will most likely find very appealing. It has a Japanese retro-anime feel that suits the game down to a tee, oozing with so much “Japaneseness” you’ll think you are playing in the arcades in Akihabara.