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  • Summary: The Bust-A-Move series moves onto the Xbox with an online multiplayer mode, a new 3D Puzzle mode, and five new Challenge Puzzle modes. As in previous installments, your task in Ultra Bust-A-Move is to launch randomly colored balls from the bottom of the field in an attempt to attach them toThe Bust-A-Move series moves onto the Xbox with an online multiplayer mode, a new 3D Puzzle mode, and five new Challenge Puzzle modes. As in previous installments, your task in Ultra Bust-A-Move is to launch randomly colored balls from the bottom of the field in an attempt to attach them to bubbles of the same color. Once three bubbles of the same color are touching, they pop, causing all connected bubbles to drop. Your objective is to clear the screen of all bubbles. Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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. 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. Go talk about colored bubbles with your online friends, because we've all played this game already. [Dec 2004, p.183]
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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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  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. BradA.
    Dec 2, 2004
    7
    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
    5
    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. Collapse