Bust-A-Move (known as Puzzle Bobble overseas) has always been a very simple, yet enjoyable action puzzle game. Fans of the series will be pleased to know that Natsume has decided to bring over the Saturn version of the latest sequel, Bust-A-Move 3, from overseas.
The basic premise of the game is very simple--match three colored bubbles of the same shape in order to pop all of them. Each level is cleared when every bubble has been popped. This is done by launching your own bubbles from the bottom of the screen. Every bubble attached below the popping bubbles will also pop and drop, allowing for large groups of them to be disposed of in one shot.
There is a lot of strategy and precision in Bust-A-Move, especially when the puzzles become more complex, and the time limit grows shorter. Adding to the stress is knowing that shooting the wrong color bubble into the wrong place could ruin the entire level. Special types of bubbles that do different things must be used efficiently in order to finish some levels, and sometimes undestructible obstacles will make your job much tougher.
Casual players probably won't notice many of the new additions to this sequel, but fans of the series will. The ceilings can now be used to ricochet shots, instead of your misguided bubbles accumulating on the top of the screen--this makes for wilder shots. Bust-A-Move 3 has more types of ''special'' bubbles and objects that add even more variety to the game. For example, a new bowling ball can be launched that crushes every bubble in its path, regardless of color (an equal opportunity crusher.) There are also seven new characters, in addition to the requisite dragon that animates differently depending on the situation (there's also one really annoying girl that cries whenever bad things happen.)
Plenty of different game modes were designed to make Bust-A-Move 3 high in replay value. Arcade, Challenge and an incredibly huge "Collection" Mode (which allows you to browse a directory of thousands of levels) are offered, in addition to the two-player versus mode. The Challenge Mode will even go so far as to rate your speed, accuracy and strategy,
The Bust-A-Move franchise has consistently provided a solid series of action puzzle games. The biggest question concerning Bust-A-Move 3 is whether or not the new additions justify a purchase from those who already have the previous games.
Download Bust-A-Move 3
PC compatible, P-200
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode