Bust a Move or Puzzle Bobble is a nice little game that has made it's way on almost every console system that has been released in the last ten years. You task is to clear a stage that displays colored bubbles at the top of every screen and two little dragons at the bottom who shot colored bubbles at the ceiling. If three or more bubbles of the same color come into contact they disappear.
Bubbles cling to the ceiling or walls, but fall off automatically if they have no connection to either anymore.
The screen drops one row from time to time which means you will have to hurry to get rid of all the bubbles before the screen reaches your little dragons at the bottom. If it does, it is game over and you need to spend a credit to continue playing.
You can play the game either in 640*480 or 320*240 resolution. Looks and plays much like the original. Great for a little break or even a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Update: The original site the game was hosted on is no longer available on the Internet. We have found several other locations where you can get your Bust A Move fix.
One of the sites that you can play Bust A Move is Arcade Division.. This seems to be a conversion true to the original game. You need Adobe Flash Player on the system, and see advertisement around the play area.
You control the game solely with the arrow keys on your keyboard. You aim with the left and right arrows, and shoot the colored ball with the up key. You need to hit the Return-key to start the game.
Your objective is to clear the level so that no balls remain on the ceiling. Balls are either cleared when at least three same-colored balls are connected to each other, or if their connection to the ceiling or wall is broken off. To make matters more interesting, the ceiling is slowing coming down, giving you a sense of urgency.
The game displays the current and next ball on the screen so that you always know in advance which ball you will have to shoot next. This can provide you with valuable information that you should make use of, especially in later stages of the game where a single wrong move can lead to the game over screen quickly.
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