This article is about the arcade game. For the iOS game, see Bust-A-Move (iOS). For the series in which this game is a part of, see Bust-A-Move (series).


Bust-A-Move, known as Puzzle Bobble (パズルボブル Pazuru Boburu?) in Japan, is an arcade game developed by Taito. It is the first game in the Bust-A-Move series. Bust-A-Move is a puzzle spin-off of the Bubble Bobble series. The game is a tile-matching puzzle game, in which Bub and Bob must shoot bubbles into pairs of three. Bust-A-Move was very well received, and spawned many clones and sequels.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

In Bust-A-Move, Bub and Bob must shoot bubbles out of a Bubble Launcher up at the top of the screen. The duo must make groups of three identically colored bubbles, which pop when they are matched. After a certain amount of bubbles are shot, the ceiling descends down toward the bottom of the screen very slightly. If they player does not shoot a bubble after a certain amount of time, the bubble is shot automatically.

In the SNES version of Bust-A-Move, several new features are introduced, such as Special Bubbles which when popped, can remove other bubbles, depending on their type. Other features added in the SNES release include a Vs. Mode and a final boss.

Ports[edit | edit source]

Platform Release Features
Neo-Geo MVS December 12, 1994(WW)
Super NES January 13, 1995(JP)
1995(EU)
March 1995(NA)
  • New graphic set
  • New Battle mode
  • 30 original rounds plus 70 new ones
  • 3 Special Bubbles
Neo-Geo CD May 2, 1995(JP)
April 27, 1995(EU)
3DO November 22, 1995(JP)
1995(NA)
  • The Super NES version
  • Enhanced graphics set
Game Gear August 2, 1996(JP)
1996(NA)
  • The Super NES version
  • Enhanced graphics set
DOS March 15, 1997(NA)
  • New graphics set
  • 30 original rounds plus 50 new ones
  • Two Versus modes
  • Challenge mode
  • No sound effects
Wonderswan July 1, 1999(JP)
  • New graphics set
Windows 1999(NA)
  • The Super NES version
  • Enhanced graphics set
  • New music tracks
Nintendo Switch December 20, 2018(WW)
  • The Neo-Geo MVS version
PlayStation 4 December 20, 2018(JP)
January 3, 2019(NA)
  • The Neo-Geo MVS version
Xbox One December 20, 2018(JP)
  • The Neo-Geo MVS version

Characters[edit | edit source]

Playable characters[edit | edit source]

Non-playable characters[edit | edit source]

Bosses[edit | edit source]

Bubbles[edit | edit source]

Special Bubbles[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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