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      04.09.2010 23:57
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      A great classic puzzler game that has not aged a bit!

      Bust-A-Move 2 is a puzzle game for the PS One that works along a similar theme to games such as the classic Tetris but with a few subtle differences. The basic idea is that at the top of the screen you have an array of bubbles, held in a frame, that slowly descends and, at the bottom, two cartoon characters, armed with a catapult-type device, fire coloured balls back up to hit and burst the bubbles. Bubbles only burst when they are hit with balls of the same colour and the idea is to clear the screen before the frame reaches the bottom of the screen! Sounds easy? Yes it probably does in principle but in fact, the game is harder than it sounds! There are single and two-player modes and in single-player mode the premise is to work your way around a map with successive levels offering different and more complicated challenges! In two-player mode, you can play against others provided you have another controller. The cartoon characters who feature here are Bub and Bob formerly of the classic arcade-style game, Bubble Bobble. Completing the single-player game gives the player a code where you can play the game again in Another World mode where the levels are subtly altered and darker in tone and inevitably ever so slightly harder. This is one of those games that is highly addictive and great fun to play! I love this game to bits, though it in equal parts infuriates me, and I still play it now from time to time on my PS2! It is just one of those games that you cannot seem to put down and is a timeless classic of the Ps Generation of games!

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      24.06.2009 16:58
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      A fantastic game for all ages that gives me hours of entertainment.

      Bust-A-Move 2 for the playstation is one of the first games I remember playing as a young child and it's one that I still enjoy now at the age of 21! Inside the game case you will receive the disc itself plus a booklet with instructions on how to play the game, work the controls and details on Acclaim (the manufacturer of the game). Bust-A-Move itself is a game where you have to work through levels removing bubbles by firing out singulra bubbles to try and make groups of the same colour and then they will be eliminated from the board and fall down, taking any other colours with them that aren't attached to the walls of any of the levels. The gameplay is very simple on this game you just need to point your cursor and then press x to fire the bubble. It's possible to get a guide come up if you've failed a particular level more than once and then you can see easier exactly where the bubble is going to land and it's also possible to bounce a bubble off a wall or two to try and get it exactly where you want it to go. In this version of the game you can play singly to work through the levels against the clock and rack up a high score or you can play against a friend (two controllers needed) to see who is the best and who can top the leader board as well as making it through the game. The gameplay is very simple and as I mentioned above the controls are simple but this is part of the appeal of this game as you don't need to be a genius to work it out and it should be fun for people of most ages. I have recently been playing it against my Mum and we've been having lots of fun trying to get to the end of the game and beat each other. This game is one that I would recommend and although it's not sold brand new anymore it's not uncommon to see this at boot sales or on ebay as it was a very popular game back in it's day and one that I've now purchased a couple of times after losing it again and again or lending it out to friends and just never getting it back! I am rating this game 4/5 as it's great fun and have knocked off one star because the music is repetitive and there are some cartoons on the game whilst you're playing which are very high pitched and annoying and a little distracting for me.

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        09.11.2008 20:18
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        addictive bubbble bursting fun!

        Bust a move for me is the ultimate old school playstation game. Put simply the game screen has lots of different bubbles at the top of the screen and you have to knock them out, by joining them together in groups of three or more of the same colour by firing different bubbles at them one at a time. its a simple easy concept, but the bubbles drop down and the speed picks up, making it get harder and harder the more you play. the best thing about the game in my opinion is the two player feature, which allows you to play head to head on a friend with a split screen. groups of us would spend hours at my mates house playing this on two player. they have a version of this now for the DS which is far too addictive and i absolutely love it. bust a move really is a must play game!

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        30.05.2008 12:13
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        A great challenging addictive puzzle game

        Puzzle games will always have their place in the videogame industry, one of the biggest and best games ever made was Tetris for the original Gameboy, From there they came out iwth Dr Mario and then on the GameGear you had Columns, which also made it to the Megadrive. So Nintendo had Tetris, Sega had Columns. What would the Playstation try? A little puzzler named Bust-a-Move. This is the sequel to the first Bust-a-Move. A difficult game that plays like a combonation of the above two games. Graphics - Colourful if but blocky, but thats the point I suppose, the animation goes fast as the game gets harder and the overalll presenation is pretty good for a PSX game. Gameplay - Well all you're really doing is moving from side to side and different directions so there isn't much to it, but it's pretty responsive and works well. Sound - Sometimes the tunes in the game begin to grate on you but you can always turn the sound off if it's annoying you too much. Overall - A really addictive highly challenging game here which will have you coming back for more, if you manage to put it down in the first place. The hook is definitley how addictive the game is and because of this it's good value for money.

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          30.12.2005 13:20
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          Addictive fun with no difficulty level involved.

          I love this game. I started with the original Bust-a-Move and have progressed through the ranks to this one. It's really a bog standard arcade game. Match three balls and they pop and you have to get rid of them before they reach the bottom and you have to start again. That's soooo frustrating. The graphics are much enhanced since the orginal and the heart of the game the same. It's excellent for all ages and one of my younger friends is playing at the moment and finding it really helpful for his colour blindness. It'll either help him or drive him nuts. Thoroughly recommended and a good one to have and keep in your collection. People are really impressed when you show them how good you are. They're even more impressed when they have a go and make a pigs ear of it. Enjoy...

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            22.04.2002 22:02
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            I recently discovered Bustamove during a bout of the flu - and I'm hooked! The game involves catapulting 'bubbles' from your canon to the top of the screen with the aim of linkibng them to others of the same colour and thereby making them 'pop' and disappear. The one player game involves making all the bubbles on the screen disappear before you get squashed by the ceiling - even more addictive than tetris! Not for those of yopu who want to sit down for 10 minutes, and a disadvantage is that you can't save your progress - but for whiling away a Sunday afternoon or to challenge a friend when you get in from the pub - excellent!

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              31.05.2001 20:33
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              Bust-a-Move 2 is one of the best puzzle games ever to grace the playstation platform. First appearing under the name "Puzzle Bobble" as an arcade game, this puzzle game, like many others, has been heavily influenced by classics such as tetris. It's a simple game of just joining three balls of the same colour together, to make them disappear. For such a simple sounding game and task, it's suprisingly addictive. When the game first came out, it wasn't instantly adored by the gaming public as new technological advances on the Playstation were allowing other publishers to bring out games that were visually ground-breaking. Only now that Bust-a-move 2 has gone Platinum have people started to realise what a great game this is. You shouldnt judge a book by its cover and you definitely shouldn't judge this game by its simplistic nature. Beneath this is a game that shows no signs of ageing and is still an extremely tough and challenging game. Not only is this game a good game just to sit down and play for a while, but its even better when you invite friends round to play. This game comes into its own in a multiplayer situation as its a barrel of laughs. The best thing is that now you should be able to buy it for next to nothing! Overall: 9/10

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                12.02.2001 04:22
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                I bought this game second hand, and was addicted within seconds! Without reading the instructions, i found the game very easy to work straight away, even suitable for young kids. There are a few different game options, including two player and vs computer, or you can play on your own ( oo-err). As long as your not colour blind you can play this game, as it is so easy to get to grips with. simialar to tetris, there are coloured bubbles hanging above you and you have to shoot the same colour bubbles to make a group of three, they then burst ( If playing 2 player they go to the opponent) ad you have to do this until they have all gone. very addictive, and the animation & sounds is distinctley japanese. My three year old loves it too, and plays it nearly as well as i do.!!

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                  12.12.2000 06:27

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                  Good puzzle games can totally consume your very existence. Take Bust-A-Move II, for example. Once you start, it’s incredibly hard to stop, especially when you’re going head-to-head with a friend. Forget it, you’re not leaving the house. Bust-A-Move II should look familiar to anyone who’s ever played Tetris. (And who hasn’t, right?) Instead of items falling from the top, though, you shoot balloons from the bottom of the screen. Basically, you need to get three balloons of the same color touching each other to make them pop. If some other balloons happen to be clinging to those when they pop, they’ll drop. The balloons are slowly working their way to the bottom of the screen as well. When they hit the bottom, you lose. It sounds simple, and it is. That’s the beauty of it. That, and the fact that the little dinosaur guys who shoot the balloons are so darn cute. There is some strategy involved, beyond just self-preservation. Popping your balloons can send extra balloons streaming over to your opponent’s side, much to their dismay. It’s great! Bust-A-Move II isn’t the best puzzle game ever, but it is loads of fun. And if you love cutesy Japanese characters, this title will have you captivated in front of your TV for hours on end.

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                  07.12.2000 18:20
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                  When I was at Universtiy we used to constantly play an arcade game called 'puzzle bobble'. Imagine my delight when I found 'Bust a Moves 2' - the same game but for my beloved playstation. The basic idea of the game is so simple that everyone really can play this - all you do is fire coloured bubbles onto the screen, match three and they burst. This may not sound like the most fascinating game in playstation history but believe me it will keep you entertained for hours on end. The game can be played 1-player or 2-player, both are unbelievably addictive. There are several modes of play to choose from including puzzle (one player, series of increasingly difficult bubble challenges), time trial (beat the bubbles before they get to the bottom in the fastest time possible)and the basic game (play against the computer or an opponent, get rid of the most bubbles whilst making it more difficult for them). It is difficult to describe here just how addictive and fun this game gets. Two player time trials are my personal favourite but I also spend many a happy hour playing the one player puzzles. If you're fed up of games like Tomb Raider which take far too much thought, time and effort then give Bust a Moves 2 a go - endless, easy fun!

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                    04.12.2000 20:24
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                    Here's a simple one to get yor head around. Fire coloured bubbles at the roof of the playing area. get 3 or more the same colour and they burst earning you points and clearing the way. Any left hanging in mid-air after bursting some bubbles drop off giving you even more points from a chain reaction. If the buubles raech below a certain point at the bottom of the play area then you lose. Look away from the bright cartoony graphics, ignore the mad chicken noises and forget about the annoying animated characters in the background. This game is purely about simplistic puzzling fun. You can start playing it from the moment you pick up the joypad. There are a good variety of modes to choose from. Story mode involves filling a computer opponents screen with bubbles by using combos to send dropped ones over to block the computers way. You play increasingly difficult opponents until you reach the end. Time trial involves clearing a screen of bubbles in as little time as possible. Puzzle mode puts you in increasingly harder formations of bubbles and it is your challenge to remove them before they reach the bottom with the added problem of a lowering roof. However the most fun aspect is not the single player modes which grab your attention for a very short period of time. The two player bubble battle is great. You've got to keep clearing your bubbles while maintaining a staedy flow of combos to flood your mates screen. Hardly Doom but it is surprisingly addictive. This is a good buy for £20 or as little as £10 for the two player frolics. The only thing missing is an infinite mode so you can go for high scores with no descending roofs or opponents to beat, just like the old tetris. As the sequels to this game are practically the same then it is worth just sticking to the cheapest version talked about here.

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                  Developed by Taito Corporation and published by Acclaim Entertainment, this is a puzzle type game where you have to match balls of the same colour by shooting them up the screen. Sounds weird? I'll say.