Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Cheat Code Central
    The classic game is as addicting as ever. It starts off extremely easy, perhaps to suck in newcomers and inflate their confidence and then eventually kicks into high gear which will have the easily frustrated adding Suicide Prevention on the speed dial.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine
    The kooky cutesy Japanese art is perhaps a bit too goofy, and the gameplay is solid, if slightly too easy at first, but prepare to waste a lot of time playing - this title is EXTREMELY hard to put down. [Oct 2004, p.66]
  3. It offers enough frantic fun for any fan of the genre, and there are enough modes to entice anyone from the novice to the seasoned veteran.
  4. There's no added features save for Xbox Live support, but the game proves itself to still remain addictive, challenging, and enjoyable even after all these years.
  5. 73
    I warn you now, this game gave me migraines because it is so obnoxiously Sanrio. No, wait, it is beyond Sanrio. This is where Sanrio stores go when they die...For the price, this isn't a bad pick-up at all.
  6. Ultra Bust-A-Move's Xbox Live support is the most significant addition yet, making this budget title appealing despite its otherwise all-too-familiar gameplay.
  7. Xbox Nation Magazine
    You'd expect this simple game of aiming and matching like-colored bubbles to feel awfully flat by now, yet amazingly, the bubble-popping action here remains refreshingly effervescent. [Dec 2004, p.93]
  8. With very few good puzzle games to be found on the Xbox, Ultra Bust-A-Move climbs to the top in a hurry. It has everything that fans of the genre look for: addictive gameplay, easy controls, and decent visuals.
  9. Game Informer
    Go talk about colored bubbles with your online friends, because we've all played this game already. [Dec 2004, p.183]
  10. 70
    Majesco and Taito keep the classic Bust-A-Move gameplay intact while offering a few addictive new modes.
  11. There's nothing really radically new or different. Fundamentally, it's still the same enjoyable bubble-popping game we all know and love – which for most puzzle fans, is good enough.
  12. Quirky fun. It has within it the same excellent gameplay that the series is known for, along with online play via Xbox Live that's sure to find its niche on the network. On the other hand, the game is practically drowned in utter cuteness.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BradA.
    Dec 2, 2004
    Fun, addicting, but monotone. The biggest plus side to this game is that I have finally found a game my wife enjoys playing with me.
  2. BlueFalcon
    Nov 26, 2004
    4 player... come on, it's about time this series got it. The aesthetic of the game is sickeningly cute - even more so than usual. I 4 player... come on, it's about time this series got it. The aesthetic of the game is sickeningly cute - even more so than usual. I don't like the whole asthetic, but the game is very playable and friendly to beginners. It could be decent for the right type of person. But if you've got an N64, you'd be better off picking up any of the bust a moves on that system. Full Review »