Bust-a-Move Universe

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Developer(s) Arika
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Distributor(s) Taito Corporation
Series Puzzle Bobble
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
  • JP: February 26, 2011
  • NA: March 27, 2011
  • EU: April 22, 2011[1]
Genre(s) Puzzle game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Bust-a-Move Universe (Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D?), also known as Puzzle Bobble Universe,[2] is a puzzle video game developed by Arika and published by Square Enix for the Nintendo 3DS. It was released in Japan as a launch title on February 26, 2011, and was released in North America on March 27.


Bust-a-Move Universe is similar to its predecessors in that the goal is to connect three bubbles of the same color to make them disappear. Different modes of play include boss battles, 100-second, 300-second, or Challenge Mode.[3] Dinosaur duo Bub and Bob travel the universe in a spaceship as doors open on planets, which release bubbles that turn into space debris. Bub must save Bob from being captured.[4]


First shown at Nintendo World 2011,[5] it was later revealed to be a Japanese launch title.[6]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 54.45%
Metacritic 49/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com D+
Game Informer 6/10
GamePro 3.5/5
GameSpot 5/10
GameTrailers 4.6/10
IGN 6/10
Nintendo World Report 4.5/10

The game received mostly mixed to negative reviews from critics with a Metacritic score of 49/100 based on 30 critical reviews.[7]


  1. ^ James Orry (2011-02-16). "Puzzle Bobble comes to 3DS on April 22 - for News - VideoGamer.com". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  2. ^ James Orry (2011-01-21). "Puzzle Bobble Universe confirmed for 3DS - for News - VideoGamer.com". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Square Enix Announces Bust-A-Move Universe for Nintendo 3DS - Nintendo 3DS News at IGN". IGN. January 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Gamasutra - Press Releases - PUZZLE BOBBLE UNIVERSE BURSTING ONTO NINTENDO 3DS". Gamasutra. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  5. ^ Anoop Gantayat (December 28, 2010). "Nintendo World Playable Lineup Announced - DS News at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  6. ^ Richard George (January 7, 2011). "Nintendo's 3DS Software Arsenal". IGN. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  7. ^ a b "Bust-A-Move Universe for 3DS Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 

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