just stand there...bust a move!
by Cole Smith
2 2006 - If
you haven't played or at least heard of Bust-a-Move,
then welcome to Planet Earth. Hope you had a nice
trip. I'll take you to our leaders. One is named Nintedo,
another is named Sony and last but not least, you
must meet Bill Gates. I hear he's from another planet
far as arcade puzzle games go, Bust-a-Move is in the
same company as Tetris. It's a classic gameplay style
that has spawned many imitators including the most
recently released rip-off, Snood 2. One might even
suggest that Bust-a-Move is a bastardized version
of Tetris. Just don't say it out loud.
you're not from another planet but you've got a really
poor memory. I can identify with that. So here's a
refresher course for you. The objective in Bust-a-Move
is to launch colored balls (or bubbles if you prefer)
into the air, one at a time, into a large group of
ball that are hanging from the top of the screen.
Manage to link three balls of the same color and they
will disappear, causing the balls hanging beneath
them to also fall. The color of each ball is determined
by the CPU, but you can see the color of the next
one on deck so that you can plan ahead. Clear the
playfield of all the balls and move on to the next
that simple. But there are some deviations that make
the gameplay more interesting. There are special balls
that do special things. One ball will destroy the
first ball that it comes in contract with while another
will clear all balls of the same color of the one
that it comes in contact with. You can use these special
balls strategically to clear an entire screen with
only a few well-placed shots or just to get you out
of a tight spot.
component of the game is bank shots. You might not
be able to reach some of the balls by shooting at
them directly. In this case you might want to try
banking the shot off the wall. It's a lot like pool
in this regard and will help you to reach those trick
balls that are higher up and blocked by other balls.
It takes some time to get your angles right but eventually
it will come to you. When you start a new game or
have to redo a level you will be assisted by a broken-line
indicator which outlines the path of your ball from
start to finish, even allowing for the angle of the
bank if you want to launch it off the wall. Teach
your mind to think like the indicator and the game
the DS touchscreen features, this version of Bust-a-Move
shows a dramatic improvement in the control system.
The stylus is used to launch the ball. You pull it
back like a slingshot and let it fly. The tension
is always the same so you can't make the ball go slower
or faster but what is amazing is that you can launch
tons of balls in a shorter time period. You don't
have to wait for the cannon to move from one end of
the screen to the other. You just point the cursor
in the direction that you want the ball to go, pull
back and get ready to launch another one. This seriously
increases the speed of the game - but you're not forced
to go at breakneck speed if you don't want to. The
D-pad will also facilitate the launching if you're
not comfortable with the stylus.
excellent feature is the ability to change the colored
ball with the one "on deck." Before, you
had to shoot whatever ball was loaded in the cannon,
although you could just sink it if you didn't have
any use for it. This feature not only saves your butt
once in a while but it adds more strategy to the gameplay.
to five players can take part in the multi-player
game, and you only need one copy. You have to remember
to save your high score because the game won't do
that for you automatically.
characters, the music and the colors would make one
think this game is only intended for young girls and
male hairdressers - but that would be wrong. Sure
the characters are saccharine sweet and the music
would put a diabetic into an instant coma but that's
a huge part of the Bust-a-Move franchise.
I do like playing Ultra Bust-a-Move on the Xbox, mainly
for the larger screen, I have to admit that this DS
version is hands-down the best version of this franchise
due to the control system and the new swap-a-ball
feature. Get this game.
for the Nintendo DS
slingshot is used for launching balls
yourself to over 250 puzzles and tons of secret
bubbles like Bomb, Star, Rainbow and the grief causing
featured are 5-player multi-player modes and DS
Download sharing for single-cart group play