Bust-A-Move / Puzzle Bobble

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Bust-A-Move US Flyer.jpg
Developer Taito
Meg Count 32
NGH # 083
Release Neo Geo MVS - 12/21/1994
Neo Geo Home - Not Released
Neo Geo CD - 4/27/1995
Designer(s) Kazuhiro Kinoshita
Seiichi Nakakuki
Programmer(s) Yasuo Tsumori
Composer(s) Kazuko Umino
Yasuko Yamada
Genre(s) Puzzle

Bust-A-Move, known as Puzzle Bobble (パズルボブル Pazuru Boburu?) in Japan, is a 1994 tile-matching puzzle arcade game developed and published by Taito. It is based on the 1986 arcade game Bubble Bobble, featuring characters and themes from that game. Its characteristically cute Japanese animation and music, along with its play mechanics and level designs, made it successful as an arcade title and spawned several sequels and ports to home gaming systems.


At the start of each round, the rectangular playing arena contains a prearranged pattern of colored "bubbles". At the bottom of the screen, the player controls a device called a "pointer", which aims and fires bubbles up the screen. The color of bubbles fired is randomly generated and chosen from the colors of bubbles still left on the screen.

The objective of the game is to clear all the bubbles from the arena without any bubble crossing the bottom line. Bubbles will fire automatically if the player remains idle. After clearing the arena, the next round begins with a new pattern of bubbles to clear. The game consists of 32 levels. The fired bubbles travel in straight lines (possibly bouncing off the sidewalls of the arena), stopping when they touch other bubbles or reach the top of the arena. If a bubble touches identically-colored bubbles, forming a group of three or more, those bubbles—as well as any bubbles hanging from them—are removed from the field of play, and points are awarded.After every few shots, the "ceiling" of the playing arena drops downwards slightly, along with all the bubbles stuck to it. The number of shots between each drop of the ceiling is influenced by the number of bubble colors remaining. The closer the bubbles get to the bottom of the screen, the faster the music plays and if they cross the line at the bottom then the game is over.






Cartridge/CD Shots


Super Nintendo Entertainment System, 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Game Gear, Windows, WonderSwan


Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move FAQ v1.24


Bust-A-Move Review by Bobak!

Bust-A-Move Review by Mouse_Master


The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.

Debug Dip Switch Settings

Dip Switch Settings


Game Connections

Based on characters from Bubble Bobble

Followed by Bust-A-Move 2 / EX

Followed by Bust-A-Move 3 / DX

Followed by Bust-A-Move 4

And many more......