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Bust-A-Move -- Panasonic/Taito

Taito's arcade hit Bust-A-Move is a new puzzler offering from Panasonic for play on the 3DO. Bubbles decend on your position, and the only way to rid yourself of them is to build groups of three or more, causing them to vanish. Your only tool is a bubble cannon to help you in your defense.

Bust-A-Move is almost exactly like the SNES version except for a couple of really (REALLY) annoying problems: 1) the pace is a touch slower and really makes the game feel sluggish like it is in a constant state of slowdown, and 2) the graphics are in such a hi-res mode that it causes that horrible headache-inducing interlace shake. These problems really ruin an otherwise good game.

This game is a lot of fun in two-player mode, be it against the computer or against a friend. But, one-player mode really sucks. Unfortunately I've never played the arcade version of this game, so I can't really make a comparison on that item. As far as graphics go, this game seems to run in a very high interlaced resolution, giving you super fine graphics, but causing the screen to vibrate slightly (personally this doesn't bother me, but some people I know can't tolerate the vibrating). As for sound... gameplay sound is fine, but the soundtrack bites it big. The music is cute for about the first bazillion rounds and then you want to just yell for it to stop (so play with other music on your stereo is possible). If you're really into puzzle games, this title offers a bit of variety for you, otherwise I can't see this game as a real hot seller.

>>>>> 22.5/50 <<<<< E.Phoenix R.I.P.
Graphics 1.0 4.5
Sound 2.0 1.0
Gameplay/Control 2.0 3.5
Longevity/Playability 1.0 3.0
Overall 1.5 3.0
Total 7.5 15.0