- NA release: 30th April 1998
- PAL release: June 1998
- JP release: N/A
- Developer: Taito, Probe
- Publisher: Acclaim
- N64 Magazine Score: 80%
Another colour match puzzle game, Bust-a-Move (or the much better named Puzzle Bobble in Japan) is a well renowned puzzle series, with this being a port of the popular arcade version of Bust-a-Move 2.
Unfortunately, I had issues with this as quite a few colours looked similar to me. The game does use shapes as well – but they’re partly obscured by the puzzles, and the shapes spin around (and out of sync), so it takes me too long to properly check I’m aiming at the right colour.
If it wasn’t for this, Bust-A-Move 2 would be a good puzzle game, and on top of competing against more difficult enemies (with little animations before each “battle”), there’s also a puzzle mode – but this is also against a timer, so my issue with colours persisted in this mode.
I’m sure this is a good puzzle game, but unfortunately my colourblindness gets in the way.
The fact of the matter is that you can start to play Bust-a-Move on Tuesday evening, stand up to go to the toiler five minutes later, and find out for some reason it’s now eight-o-clock on Wednesday morning. Capable of tardis-like time-and-space distortion, Bust-a-Move can take over your life and hoover up your spare time like a giant DysonJames Ashton, N64 Magazine #17
Remake or remaster?
It doesn’t really need a remake and the newest name in the series, Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! (they’ve moved to using the Japanese name worldwide) is out on Switch.
Official ways to get the game.
There is no official way to get Bust-a-Move 2: Arcade Edition
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