Pros: addictive and challenging
Cons: deadly to good grades and job deadlines
The long and short of this game can be described by the cover of the Bust-A-Move... A twisted face with tooth picks propping open the eyelids! Man this thing is addictive! It's a wonder that I ever see daylight.
The premise is deceptively simple. Shoot bubbles from a rotating arrow at the bottom of the screen in order to match sets of three or more bubbles (same color/shape) and clear screens/stages. Various characters, a puzzle mode, and a VS/split-screen are added little bonuses...
As with several other GameBoy titles, I was first introduced to the Bust-A-Move series on the Sony PlayStation. Here again, it has lost a bit in the translation from the original to the small screen. Bubble color is often indistinct and the bubble shooter seems to have lost a little low-to-the-bottom freedom.
I have long since learned to mute the music on most games--I play my own stuff so I won't go insane. Where do they get that horrible stuff?!
The original PlayStation format also included shapes inside the bubbles to aid matching sets--but the GameBoy version of these shapes (some) are a bit difficult to tell apart. My theory would have been to discontinue the shapes altogether in favor of crisper, more defined colors. But then is that discriminatory to the color-blind who rely more on the shapes?! Maybe we can only hope for better versions of both color *and* shape in future Bust-A-Move releases!
Don't buy this before finals, if you care about your job, or if you have a life...