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5.0 out of 5 stars
Bust-a-Move is back, 27 Aug 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
Bust-a-Move is up there with the greats of puzzle gaming - unfortunately, as with most others in the genre, the franchise has stagnated recently. Many regard Bust-a-Move 2 (which gained a VS mode over its predecessor) to be the definitive version of the game, with later sequels only offering updated presentation and some largely unsuccessful attempts at new gameplay mechanics.
Bust-a-Move DS, though, breathes new life into the series, mainly thanks to the DS hardware. The slingshot-esque control system, using the stylus to aim the bubbles and then releasing to fire, is completely natural and just a hell of a lot of fun - it feels like it should have been on the DS all along.
This version offers three main game modes - Puzzle, VS and Endless. Puzzle features 500 puzzles in groups of 10 (without the traditional Bust-a-Move puzzle map that was really just a throwback to the arcade versions - you can complete the puzzles at your leisure). The computer isn't very good at VS, so I'd recommend playing it with other people if at all possible - the game supports Download Play, you only need one copy. And Endless is self-explanatory - randomly generated bubbles, only stops when you cock it up.
The music is pretty much perfectly suited to the game, although it's that sort of upbeat happy Japanese game music that seems to irritate everyone except the person actually playing, and the sound effects are the same as they've been since 1994. As for the graphics, the coloured bubbles are about as well-drawn as you could expect coloured bubbles to be, there's the usual cute character jumping around in the bottom right (including a few newcomers alongside the classic Bub and Bob), and a few static backgrounds featuring Bub in random situations.
Anyway, in summary, this is the best thing to happen to Bust-a-Move in ten years, it's more addictive than it's ever been, it's brilliantly suited to the DS, and at just over a tenner you really should buy it.