Puzzle games are a dime a dozen, especially in today’s mobile market. Just like years past, the good ones are the hard to find ones- those are the ones that continue to be enjoyable decades later. Bust-a-Move is one such puzzle game. My first experience with this franchise was the Neo Geo version at a local bowling alley. I was hooked from that point on. The Super Nintendo holds its own against other versions of the game, for which there are plenty as Taito has kept this series alive quite well.
The premise is simple. You are controlling one of the characters from Bubble Bobble in an attempt to remove all of the bubbles from the level. These bubbles fall, gently, from the top of the screen towards your turret that is armed with various colors of balls. Shooting a colored ball into a group of three or more of the same color will result in those bubbles being removed. If there are bubbles that are only connected to the ones you just removed then you will receive bonus points.
The animations of your characters at the bottom of the screen working together is cute. One controls the direction you are aiming with a giant crank. The other loads the shooter with a colored ball and blows into a pipe to propel the bubble up. Nice little touch and nod to their heritage in Bubble Bobble.
Taito, and other companies have kept the Bust-a-Move franchise alive and well. This game has appeared on just about every console ever made and has seen arcade releases over the years. This game is known as Puzzle Bobble outside of the United States but is loved just as much by fans.
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