"Makes Me Feel Good"
The original Puzzle Bobble, known as Bust-A-Move when first published in the US, is a Bubble Bobble spin-off where the Bubble Dragons perform tile-matching maneuvers to make three bubbles of the same color disappear. The main objective is to clear all bubbles within contained fields in order to advance, doing so until you either lose or complete every stage. Similar to Tetris? Not exactly. Bust-A-Move puts an interesting twist on the formula where, instead of dropping bricks, Tetrominos, or some other variation down to a surface below, here you must shoot bubbles of differing colors upward to a ceiling of bubble structures. Sounds easy, but with any well-made puzzle game, completing such a task takes actual thought and effort.
Ceiling bubbles are connected together and usually lined in abstract positions, made so that you can't simply point and fire at a specific bubble without hassle. One such example involves a mixed collection of bubbles in the shape of a giant arrow pointing down at your dragon. You can attempt to piecemeal this structure by "chiseling" its middle, or you can go for the final top bubble that everything else is latching to. But to perform such a feat, you need to first ricochet your shot off a wall and hit said bubble... without messing up. Accomplishing this will quickly end the stage, but failing will likely result in doom if you panic with subsequent shots. You can't take your time either: each potential shot is on a brief time limit, not to mention the ceiling slowly makes its way down the longer it takes to complete a stage.
Community review by dementedhut (September 18, 2022)
I am 'fraid of 3D bubbles.
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