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Bust-a-Move Universe - Nintendo 3DS

by Square Enix
Nintendo 3DS
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews) 49 / 100

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  • Bust-A-Move busts out of your screen in full 3D! BUST-A-MOVE goes full vibrant 3D in Bust-A-Move Universe!
  • Pop Pop Pop!: Match three or more bubbles of the same color and clear away a field of impending bubble doom!
  • A whole universe of fun: Clear dozens of challenging levels as you explore an entire universe filled with puzzle fun
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.5 x 5.4 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 27, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,786 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Square Enix Bust A Move Universe 3DSBust A Move Universe 3DS

From the Manufacturer

POP-N-DROP! BUST-A-MOVE Busts out of your Screen in Full 3-D!



Simply connect three or more bubbles of the same color to clear them from the screen! All-new, challenging levels await as you explore a 3-D universe full of addicting, fun-filled, bubble-bursting excitement!

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Key Features

Enjoy Exhilarating 3-D Puzzles on Nintendo 3DS!

– POP-N-DROP! Match three or more bubbles of the same color to burst them all, or send a cluster of bubbles to their doom by bursting the bubbles above!
– A WHOLE UNIVERSE OF FUN! Explore a universe of all-new, challenging levels!
– STRATEGIC SPECIAL BUBBLES! Use special bubbles to unleash dazzling effects and clear the screen with the greatest of ease!
Travel the universe to save your friends in Puzzle Mode, or try to burst as many bubbles as you can within the time limit in Challenge Mode!

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mind-numbing and featureless April 1, 2011
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a big fan of the series, but this game's a huge stinker. It only has two modes: standard 10-round Puzzle Mode, and a timed Challenge Mode. No unlockable modes, multiplayer, or even VS Computer.

The gameplay is solid, with good control, decent graphics, and some cool 3D effects, but the uncreative Puzzle Mode puzzles get pretty boring, and the only visible changes are the spinning planets in the background for each world. This makes for a repetitive and dreary longplay experience when compared to previous titles in the series, where music, levels, characters, and even pointers completely change.

The thing I hate most about this game is how dumbed-down it is. The pointer's training line (that usually appears for the first level in other games) is always on, and CANNOT BE TURNED OFF! This pretty much eliminates any strategy and guesswork to the point of just mindlessly shooting bubbles. I never died while playing this game. It even has a feature that pauses time when you dump a significant portion of the puzzle, allowing you to clear out the rest of the board in a matter of seconds. There's also no shot clock, destroying any sense of fun urgency that previous titles have supplied.

Do yourself a favor and check out Space Bust-A-Move for the DS instead; it's one of the best and most fulfilling Bust-A-Moves.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple puzzler but the 3d is actually quite good March 29, 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game type is nothing new and anyone familiar with Bust a Move will already be familiar with the format. I purchased this for my wife with her 3ds because I remember playing bubble bobble years ago on the NES with fond memories. Although the game play isn't anything revolutionary it is fun to kill some time with playing. However, the thing that really surprised me though is that the 3d visuals on this game are actually quite good with a nice sense of depth and even some 'pop out' moments. For the price compared to other launch 3ds games this game is a good pickup with the limited selection of other games at the moment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A note about the controls April 4, 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I think the other reviewers have covered the topic pretty well, except I've found the controls to be difficult to use. The circle pad and D-pad are not sensitive enough (or too sensitive) for precise aiming in the game. I often have to turn back and forth several times before firing a shot. Maybe my 3ds is defective? It doesn't seem to be on other games, though. Anyways... overall it's a fun little game with nice 3D.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful, this game has no reason to exist May 22, 2012
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This a rehash of a game that has already been rehashed around 10 times, with little change to the core gameplay.

This is itself would not be unforgivable, even if it were something as lazy as Bust A Move 2 on the 3ds (because hey, Bust A Move 2 was an awesome game). But somehow, a full priced game released in 2011 has far, far less features, a single player that is a fraction of the length, pointless gameplay mechanics that were clearly not tested (A Lv3 super attack which is practically press button to win level), the complete removal of VS Cpu, NO MULTIPLAYER OF ANY KIND and puzzles that do not compare to an old Playstation 1 game released in 1996. Oh and Boss fights being reduced solely to a bonus round where you spam bubbles at a moving target, and if you mess up, the round is cleared but you have to go through all 10 repetitive and unchanging stages to try the fight again.

What. The. Hell?! This is like a new Madden being released with half the teams missing, no VS and only the most boring single player mode (and not the one that would give the game life span beyond a few hours) available, and a bunch of beta test mechanics and gimmicks that with even 5 minutes of play you would see do not work.

Their is also a superior version of Puzzle Bubble/Bust a Move on the ds, making this game COMPLETELY REDUNDANT. The DS game has several times as many stages and puzzles in this game, each one better balanced and more enjoyable than the ones in this game, vs computour, ACTUALLY MULTIPLAYER and will likely cost less than this game. The only thing you miss is the pointless 3d and press X to clear level game mechanic. THATS IT. This game does NOTHING better than much older, cheaper and more complete games.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Bust a Move...nothing great April 13, 2011
By Doug
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I've always been a fan of the Bust a Move titles, but this title has to be up there with my least favorite titles. The entire game is on the top 3D screen, which I understand is so that it can utelize the 3D effect. However this makes the bubbles tough to see at times since they're so small, and the blue and purple look so much alike that I made several mistakes. The puzzle mode is extremely lacking, I beat puzzle mode in 5 days.

The game didn't really add very much in the way of new content. There are new special bubbles that you can use as well as interact with, and the addition of the old school bubble bobble enemies was fun, but the game is still very lacking.

Now, the game is only $30, compared to $40 for most 3DS titles. However I would personally recomment picking this one up used at your local used game store. It should be pretty cheapr very soon since I'm sure a lot of people will be beating it very quick like I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed down for launch
To new or die-hard fans of Bust-a-Move, this 3DS cartridge packs a good amount of arcade-puzzle entertainment to justify the price of admission. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ryan Sil. (Gamer & PC/Android indie dev)
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaming
My wife's second game and she is just as thrilled with it.
Published 2 months ago by Kseagle
5.0 out of 5 stars bust a move
this is a great game i got it for my girlfriend it is definitely a great pass time, she enjoys playing it and it is entertaining
Published 7 months ago by nel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game-Great Price!
This is a great game, my wife loves it! I would recommend to purchase if you were on the fence. The seller made everything easy as well! A+ Rating!
Published 10 months ago by S. Cusack
5.0 out of 5 stars Bust-a-Move
This game was always fun to play. Its still fun to play. Must have for the 3DS. Pick it up and play.
Published 10 months ago by glass70
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Bubbles of fun!
Well, I've played the Bust a Move series since back in the days of SNES and I loved it.
Everyone loves a good puzzle game once in a while. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Zach New
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is the game I remembered playing a while back. Me AND my kids love it. The game was in perfect condition.
Published 17 months ago by Michelle Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Don't know if my daughter liked this game or not because she never gave it a chance. Good price though
Published 19 months ago by Welldone5
3.0 out of 5 stars A new low
Bust-a-Move for the DS is a much better game and it plays on the 3ds just fine. Get it instead.
Published 23 months ago by Keith Steiger
3.0 out of 5 stars cheap to play
bought this 3DS game because its price. overall It's a good value game for kids. so let's enjoy it. have fun.
Published on June 12, 2012 by Feng
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