From Sega Retro


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

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
¥4,800 T-11047
Sega Game Gear
$? 2567

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).

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.

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

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №86, p80[1]
Sega Game Gear
Based on
1 review

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
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


  1. File:VideoGames US 86.pdf, page 80

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)