Puzzle Bobble Universe
Puzzle Bobble Universe / Bust-a-Move Universe, also known as Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D (とびだす!パズルボブル 3D) in Japan, is a puzzle video game co-developed by Taito and Arika and published by Square Enix. It was released in 2011 and it was one of the launch title for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan.
Why It Sucks
- It has only 88 Stages and two modes (Story Mode and Challenge Mode). Comparing this game to every entry or the Puzzle Bobble franchise, it lacks variety.
- Speaking about the modes, it lacks the Multiplayer and VS Modes. Two of the most well known modes that are a staple to the franchise are completely absent.
- The story is straight up poor. Drunk, the main antagonist, who also appeared in other games like the original Bubble Bobble, kidnaps Bob and a bunch of other Bubble Dragons, and Bub must collect three keys in each world in order to save them.
- False advertising: The Japanese title (Puzzle Bobble 3D) would make someone think that this game is in 3D, but it actually is in 2D. The only 3D elements is the 3D effect.
- Speaking about it, the 3D effect itself, which is the rotating gears in the sides of the board and the planet spinning in the background does absolutely nothing different or unique, and they are the only 3D models in the game, unlike Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-Move on Xbox (Ultra Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-Move) and Wii (Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-Move Plus!) platforms, where there are more 3D models used, like for the characters.
- The stages are so easy and boring, it doesn't pose any challenge to the player, regardless if they are veterans of the series, or even newcomers.
- Aside from the Bubble Dragons and the enemies from Bubble Bobble, there is no other character appearing in this game.
The Only Redeeming Qualities
- Decent soundtrack, especially remixed in-game music and staff roll music.
- The character designs for Bub and Bob are surprisingly solid and very cute to look at.
Due to the game lacks VS mode and only 88 Stages, The game was criticized by both critics and fans of Puzzle Bobble for It lacks variety.
It has received a mixed-to-negative reception from critics and fans, On Metacritic, it holds a rating of 49/100 ("generally unfavorable reviews"), IGN rated it a 6/10, and GameSpot gave a 5/10. Nintendo Life gave a 5/10 and said "It still has that same great fun at its core, but it's a disappointingly thin package as it offers virtually nothing new to the series or long-time fans."
It was the last Puzzle Bobble / Bust-a-Move Game on the Nintendo Platform until Touhou Spell Bubble.