Parents' Guide to

Bust-a-Move Universe

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

3-D match-colored-bubbles puzzle game is simply 'OK.'

Game Nintendo 3DS 2011
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This version of Bust-a-Move is average, but if you've played any of the previous games, you've basically played this -- except now the graphics are in 3-D. The effect is pretty good but not as striking as other 3DS games, such as Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 3D, or Super Street Fighter IV 3D. Also, the game developers added a couple of boss battles (fight against a robotic space thingy) and Challenge modes with a timer (see how many points you can score in a minute or two) and an endless ("Nonstop") mode, with no breaks in the action between levels. But where are the multiplayer levels? It could've been fun to play over the Internet or at least via local wireless play. For $30, we expect a little more than what's offered on this cartridge. In short, puzzle fans should try before you buy.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Release date: March 27, 2011
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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