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Bust-a-Move 4

By Interplay Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Feb 27, 2009

Despite cute graphics and good puzzles, the lack of good documentation ultimately makes Bust-a-Move 4 frustrating. In this latest generation of the arcade puzzle game that spawned many imitators, you burst bubbles as either Bub the dragon or a girl dressed as a sailor. You can play solo in puzzle mode or against the computer in story mode. Puzzle mode works much like Snood, only with some suspect pulley physics. Story mode reminded us of Super Puzzle Fighter, where when you somehow score chain reactions, you add bubbles to your opponent's board. The explanations of pulleys and chain reactions doesn't clear up any confusion.

The appealing animation and audio get no help from a musical soundtrack, at least in our installation. Sometimes you use the Esc key to enter a selection, and sometimes you use Z. All the help files are external, which doesn't help when you're playing in full-screen mode. Pressing F5 will send the game to windowed mode, which lets you open up the help files. Patient arcade gamers may get a kick out of Bust-a-Move 4.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0


Release December 5, 2008
Date Added February 17, 2000
Version 1.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 95, Windows 98
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98


Total Downloads 244,164
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

The popular Bust-a-Move series continues with the return of your two favorite dinosaurs, Bob and Bub, offering fast-paced and easy-to-play bubble-bursting fun for all ages.

The main objective of Bust-A-Move 4 is shooting colored bubbles into clusters of other bubbles. When a bubble makes contact with two or more bubbles of the same color, they pop. The object of each stage is to pop all the bubbles before the timer reaches zero or the bubbles get too low. If it sounds easy, that is exactly what Bob, Bub, and all their new friends were hoping you would say.