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System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Taito
Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Puzzle[1][2]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
¥4,8004,800 T-11047
Sega Game Gear
ESRB: Kids to Adults

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Bust-A-Move, known as Puzzle Bobble (パズルボブル) in Japan, is a puzzle game created by Taito as a spin-off to their popular Bubble Bobble series. Originally released in Arcades, the Bust-A-Move was brought to the Sega Game Gear in 1996 by Santos. It was the last third-party Game Gear game released in Japan and the only non-Sega game to use the Kid's Gear brand (the last Japanese GG game being G Sonic).

A Sega Master System GG2SMS hack was released in April 2014.


The basic premise of the game is to remove all the colored bubbles from the screen. In order to do so, you need to fire bubbles from the bottom, adjusting the angle accordingly. When a bubble of the correct color collides with two or more other bubbles, the section will be removed from the play area. If the user takes too long or fires a certain amount of shots, the bubbles on screen will be pushed down, and the player will fail if these bubbles reach the bottom.


Bust-A-Move's format has been extremely successful for Taito, moreso than the original Bubble Bobble or Rainbow Islands. As such, the Bust-A-Move series has seen numerous sequels (starting with Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition) and several similar clones.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English (US) Bust-A-Move Bust-A-Move
Japanese パズルボブル Puzzle Bobble

Production credits

  • Director: Jin.
  • Planner: Jin.
  • Programmers: Arinko, Goripon
  • Graphics Designers: Some1
  • Sound by: Tama
  • Manual Designer: Kazuo Nakagawa
  • Special Thanks to: Shouji Takahashi, Yuji Koga, Midori Tokutomi, Yuichi Kanno, Satoru Tanabe
  • Producers: Seizo Matsutaka, Takeo Shirasaka
  • Executive Producer: Koichi Nakamura

Magazine articles

Main article: Bust-A-Move/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

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Game Gear, JP
PuzzleBobble GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBustamove GG JP Box Front.jpg
PuzzleBobble GG JP Cart Back.jpgPuzzleBobble GG JP Cart.jpg
Game Gear, US
Bustamove GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBustamove GG US Box Front.jpg
BustAMove GG US Cart.jpg
Bust-A-Move GG US Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 8e54ee04
MD5 1713eceba681849be8e36f5f62654405
SHA-1 15568554cf6474e1ad64401217b702a048113a2d
256kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 c90f29ef
MD5 50a41b6b8062095c142acd186b6118c9
SHA-1 e6bb5f72cffb11c8dd44ac3e378088b04cec1297
256kB Cartridge (US/EU)


Bubble Bobble/Rainbow Islands games for Sega systems
Bubble Bobble (1991) | Rainbow Islands Extra (1990) | Rainbow Islands (1993) | Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (1996) | Bubble Symphony (1997)
Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-Move games for Sega systems
Bust-A-Move (1996) | Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition (1996) | Bust-A-Move 3 (1997) | Bust-A-Move 4 (2000) | Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble (2002)