Talk:Puzzle Bobble

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Would it be reasonable to add references to reimplementations of the same game concept? (I'm asking not so much because I think this page desparately needs them, but rather because I'm new to Wikipedia and getting a feel for balance -- user:Martin Pool)

  • just do it! --Tomheaton 15:59, 13 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Is this game known in the UK and Australia as "Bust a Move"? If so, this should be moved. WhisperToMe 02:50, 12 May 2005 (UTC)

Versions published by Taito themselves (arcade, mobile, N-Gage, NGPC, SNES) have always been called Puzzle Bobble everywhere outside of North America. It's only versions published by other companies (ie. the vast majority of console and handheld versions) which retained the US "Bust a Move" name in Europe and Australia. CaptainMurphy 15:21, 28 July 2006 (UTC)

In the version of Puzzle Bobble I have on my mobile phone, you can score a large number of points by clearing the playing area of bubbles (i.e. you get at least one shot at an empty arena). The number of points scored is L × 5000 where L is the level number. So, if you clear the screen on level 7, you score 7 × 5000 = 35,000 points. Is this the case for other versions of this game? Also, both Puzzle Bobble and Bust A Move are used in Australia.

  • I'm not sure about later versions of Puzzle Bobble, but PB1/PB2 do not have 'scrolling' playfields in puzzle mode. So, the only time you would ever get an 'empty arena' would be when you've completed the level anyway. There's likely a bonus like this in multiplayer modes though... but there wouldn't be any level multiplier then. All in all, I assume it varies greatly between each version. --CherryMay 23:07, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

It's also known as both Puzzle Bobble and Bust a Move in the UK - there have been games released under both names. I'm thinking this article should list some of the other formats the games have been ported to (there have been a lot). Vclaw 19:33, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

Has no one added info about Bust a move 3dx? -- 14:54, 22 May 2006 (UTC)-- 14:54, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

Never heard of that. How is that part of Square / Enix Wikiproject?
The Taito Corporation has been acquired by Square Enix in 2005. However, even knowing that this shouldn't be part of the Square Enix project; Taito is just too large a subject to be decently included in the SE project. Kariteh 16:59, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Any info on why they named it Bust-a-Move? I always thought it sounded like a dancing game (like Bust-a-Groove) -- 08:08, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Hoyle Board Games contains a version of this game called 'Placer Racer'

The platforms listed in the sidebar are misleading as not all of them, to my knowledge, have ports of the original game (Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move), only its sequels. Unless, of course, I somehow managed to miss some of these ports, as well as every resource I know of. In that case, perhaps a well-cited section listing the platforms along with their release dates and platform-specific notes? -- Lewellyn talk 15:17, 5 April 2010 (UTC)

This version of Wikipedia is for English-speakers[edit]

Most English-speaking parts of the world refer to this game as Bust-A-Move, not Puzzle Bobble, so why is it that this is only mentioned in passing, and not used as the main article name? DanTheShrew (talk) 12:04, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

The original English name is Puzzle Bobble. Bust-A-Move was used for later American releases. The name Puzzle Bobble also links it to Bubble Bobble, an older game featuring the same characters and extensive use of bubbles. OrangeDog (talk) 12:10, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
Clarification: Google turns up about 1,000,000+ results for "Puzzle Bobble" while turning up about 1,500,000+ for "Bust A Move"... and there are multiple uses for the latter phrase. Elm-39 - T/C/N 22:54, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
That "Bust A Move" has other meanings seems another reason to keep this article at "Puzzle Bobble". Compare also, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" gets 1M+ hits, while "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" only 450k, yet the article remains at the original English title. OrangeDog (τ • ε) 23:25, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
OrangeDog - in which country did this game first enter the English-speaking world? Or are you claiming that Puzzle Bobble is the English name Taito originally created for the game?
Anyway, here in the UK, I forget when or on what platform I first came across the game, but probably in the late 1990s I came across it on an arcade machine by the name Puzzle Bobble. By the time it reached the Game Boy line, it had become Bust-a-Move.
But I agree with most of the other points made here. — Smjg (talk) 09:31, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
Confusingly enough the first two games did get budget releases for Windows in America as Puzzle Bobble and Puzzle Bobble 2, despite Bust A Move 2 already having a PC version. Also some other exceptions like the N-Gage game and arcade Puzzle Bobble 4 (Puzzle Bobble for all regions). I'm not sure why, in recent years, they've been using Puzzle Bobble in Europe when Bust A Move was well-established there too. Theclaw1 (talk) 19:24, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

Major update to the article[edit]

I have just more or less re-written this whole article. No information has been removed whatsoever (with the odd minor exception). Really just re-wording everything to make it easier to read and re-structuring the whole thing and putting things under headings. And adding loads of new information.

Anyway, I don't think this article should have the "neutrality dispute" at the top any more. There was a line about "beautifully balanced gameplay" and the game being "fantastically successful", but I have re-worded that and there is no bias.

I did change the release dates. Apparently the release dates reflected all the sequels, but this article is very much about only the original game, with each sequel having its own page. Also, this game had two different versions (with two different release dates) so those have been put on the release date instead.

The only other thing I can remember actually taking out was some line about the dinosaurs holding up a sign to join in and the sign only appearing when the machine is set to interrput play. I just thought it was way too convoluted and irrelevant.

This is my favourite arcade game so I want this article to be right! :) Grand Dizzy (talk) 01:52, 26 June 2008 (UTC)


Anyone have a better image for this page? That PC box art is... weird. Sengokucannon (talk) 09:33, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

never mind, done Sengokucannon (talk) 09:46, 28 August 2011 (UTC)

Merge from Bust-A-Move (video game)[edit]

The article for Bust-A-Move claims that it's technically a different game and merits its own page, but I am not so sure. If we could come to a consensus about whether the SNES version is enough of a different game to have a different article, that would probably be best.ZXCVBNM (TALK) 21:26, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

Name's confusion can lead to incorrect conclusion.
It can be one of the reasons that the SNES version merits its own page.
For example, the article about the game Snood says the following:
"Unlike Bust a Move, there is no conventional time limit in Snood modes..."
It's true for the Neo Geo version of "Bust-A-Move" and for Puzzle Bobble.
But it's not true for the SNES version!
Because the SNES version of the Bust-A-Move has an Unlimited time mode. Wombatbuddy (talk) 22:44, 3 August 2017 (UTC)