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  • Summary: In the game, players use the stylus to fling colored bubbles from the bottom screen to the top screen, with the goal of matching three like bubbles together. The game combines accuracy and quick thinking as users try to eliminate all of the bubbles from the screen. The DS version features 500 puzzles to solve, and uses the handheld's Wi-Fi capabilities to support up to five players. The new slingshot system actually sees gamers pulling bubbles back on a type of rubber band, with each end held by one of the cute reptilian hosts, Bub and Bob. Expand
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  1. Although I do like playing Ultra Bust-a-Move on the Xbox, mainly for the larger screen, I have to admit that this DS version is hands-down the best version of this franchise due to the control system and the new swap-a-ball feature. Get this game.
  2. Put a few hours into this and you’ll be dreaming of diminutive dragons and blissfully bursting bubbles when you finally get some sleep.
  3. But glitz and glamour aside, this is one challenging and addictive puzzle game that will keep you highly entertained for weeks and months to come.
  4. So for the same old good game with a new way to control it, Bust-a-Move DS earns an above-average "B" score.
  5. The traditional controls feel a little more precise than the new touch screen feature, but the touch screen allows for faster response. [Feb 2006, p.99]
  6. The addition of touch screen support could have ruined Bust-A-Move DS, but its solid execution, along with a great number of puzzles and economical multiplayer support, keeps things fun.
  7. Just like every other Bust-A-Move before it. The only real difference is the use of two screens and stylus touch control.

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  1. TonyG.
    Dec 19, 2005
    9
    would be a 10, but it lost the puzzle creation mode. although it gained a touch screen element that is awsome. if you liked bust a move for the neo geo, then you will go crazy for this one. as perfect as it can be. will take about 15-20 min to get used to the controls, after that it's 2nd nature and you will be burstingly addicted. I picked up this game 5 days ago and completed like 40 puzzles. right now it is all I am playing. definitly the best bust a move to come out in a long time. arcade perfect, challenging, and most of all pure fun. highly recommended and at $19.99 it's a steal!!! bust a move fans get ready to be addicted all over again. finally another classic bust a move game. Expand
  2. Jabobo
    Dec 31, 2005
    9
    This game is fantastic. I am a big fan of Bust-a-Move 2 on the PS1, which is the only other one I've played. I thought this would be a crappy rehash with crappier music and graphics. Instead what I found was a clearly superior version of the game, with no loading (obviously), fantastic music, and game mechanics that are new to me (although perhaps not new to the series, I haven't played the last few). The touch screen works great, and does make it fresh. My one complaint is that the old control scheme with the d-pad, while available, is MUCH too sensitive. Much harder to use than on the PS1. I don't think that they spent enough time refining this aspect, which is weird, since it would have been relatively easy. All of the modes are enjoyable and meaty. A+. One of the best games on the DS, easily. Expand