The Video Game Review: Bust-A-Move Deluxe 

When most people hear the phrase “bust a move,” school dances, Young MC and the late 80s come to mind. Well fear not, this isn’t a remake of the stellar jam but it does mark the PSP debut of the highly addictive puzzle franchise with Bust-A-Move Deluxe from Taito.

Bring on the bubbles! Gamers reprise the role of Bob and Bub (and several others) in a modest quest to pop matching colored bubbles. Success is achieved when the playing field is cleared before it descends past your bubble launcher. With only three buttons at your disposal, control can be mastered faster than it takes the PSP to power up. With 1,000 different puzzles and several different styles of play, gamers will continue getting their bubble on long before any repetition takes hold.

Although the game still exists in the 2D world of things, the cartoonish graphics are sharp, vivid and generally quite cute. Musically, don’t expect any hot tracks from yesterday’s 15-minute heroes but rather a stressful ensemble of Japanese-influenced elevator music that goes haywire when the pressure’s on. Progress is saved constantly so gamers can pick up where they left off, and a versus mode (against the computer or a friend) will keep the Bubble Wars waging. An easy sell at $40, Bust-A-Move Deluxe has everything you’ll need to have a bubblicious time.

Best feature: Simple, easy and highly addictive… once you pop, you can’t stop.
Worst feature: Annoying and relentless music.
Weirdest feature: There’s a happy dance after completing a level but otherwise characters hardly bust any moves.

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