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Above Average

Satisfying but not worth the money....

posted by PhantomCanon (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Jul 16, 2011

Member since Jul 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Fans of the original title will remember this familiar gaming experience as a time well spent many years ago. To be honest, not much has changed from the original installment to now. With added graphics sporting the beautiful screen of the 3DS well, Bust a Move; Universe quickly looked promising. The game adds a storyline, giving players boss fights which are done by firing bombs the same way the normal game is played. Despite the increasing difficulty, the boss fights start to look all too familiar and repetitious. For more casual gamers the title adds little to the original game play making it easy to simply pick up and play.

Over all Square Enix brings us a decent puzzler with a nostalgic feel, great for any player to just pick up and play.

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Life is short. Why rent this?

posted by KintaroOe (YAKIMA, WA) May 12, 2011

Member since May 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is not worth your time. I was addicted to the original Bust A Move 20 years ago, so I'm a long time fan of the franchise. This game, however, is shovelware.

Don't get me wrong, it's playable, and Bust A Move is hard to screw up. But this looks and plays like a shareware clone from 2001. The only graphics that look decent are the character sprites, and there aren't many of them. Bust A Move Universe actually lacks features found in the original game: For example, the levels are all widescreen panoramas, which are fun to play now and then, but lack the claustrophobia and challenge of the classic vertically oriented fields. Also, there is no single player VS mode, which was my favorite of the older versions.

The new features don't add anything to the game: the new power-ups are too powerful, and "Bonus time" is incredibly confusing. The only reason this version exists is that Taito seems to want Bust A Move to exist on every platform, and the 3DS just came out. By the way, turn the 3D off. The game-play is entirely 2D, and having a constantly animated background scrolling by in the distance is just distracting. Honestly, you should just download Frozen Bubble on PC for free instead. If you must have Bust A Move on the go, there's got to be a better version out for DS... either way, don't waste your rental here.

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More of a cop out than an update. :(

posted by tiloho (OSHKOSH, WI) Sep 14, 2011

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Member since Jun 2005

It amazes me that square enix had any part in this game. This game feels like the kind of short simplistic game that you would normally find on a cell phone. The graphics are nice and big and my mother can see and play this game because of that. Other than that, she actually preferred the old SNES version which looked almost as good and had way more versatility(except for the old password feature). I don't even particularly think the 3D graphics were worth the rental for me. It might have been worth it if they had made it a download like let's golf 3D for no more than $5.99.

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