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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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This isn't worth 40 bucks.

posted by BadAnime (MIDLAND, MI) Jun 5, 2011

Member since May 2007

There is no part of this puzzle game that is worth 40 dollars. It is something I can play for free on Pogo. A lot of the game isn't obvious off the bat and the tutorial really doesn't show much. The specials aren't explained and 3D is very weak. If you like this kind of game, renting it is cool as long as you only keep it for a few days and send it back. If you don't like puzzle games, then don't bother with this.

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Awesome 3d Puzzle Game!

posted by tidusguy99 (SHOW LOW, AZ) Apr 24, 2011

Member since Oct 2006


This game is short, thats the only con.

Graphics : 10/10

The graphics are normal for a puzzle game except there in 3d! The 3d in this game rivals street fighter Iv, and beats it in some areas. This game adds depth while you play in the 3d mode , and if you are doing well you are greeted by a pop out of the green little guy. The 3d also adds a nice effect, when you pop a bubble they will come out of the screen and fall back down in into the screen and fall way back. it's really cool.

Interface : 8/10

Nice 3d menus. quick to get to game!

Sounds : 6/10
Average bubble pop sounds, and not much else to the little tunes that play when in puzzle modes, which you may find yourself listening to other music.

Length : 7/10
There are 10 worlds, each with ten levels, and each one ending in a boss battle. There is also a challenge mode, for a quicker experience.

Overall : 8/10

I don't understand why people are complaining that there's to little content, when puzzle games like tetris, have barely any extra modes or anything. It's suppose to be a pick up and play for a few minutes game , not anything more. I highly recommend this game to puzzle game/ Bust a Move Fanatic out there, top buy :)

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