September 22, 2000
Bust-A-Move 4 is one of those games that is cemented in the history of video games. With a such as simple game Taito have created one of the most addictive and respected games in the industry.
The idea behind Taito's classic game is simple. The top of the screen contains several different coloured bubbles. Your task is to connect several bubbles of the same colour in order to burst them and clear the screen. Believe me when I say that it's not as easy as it sounds with the time before your canon is fired reducing the further you progress into the game.
Bust-A-Move 4 contains several new features over it's previous incarnations. The game has all new graphics, multiplayer action and the ability to create new levels which adds to the longevity of the title. Fortunately a game like this relies on it's superb gameplay rather then brilliant visuals to get you hooked.
There are 5 different gameplay modes in Bust-A-Move 4 including Puzzle, CPU, Head-to-Head, Challenge and Collection which offers hundreds of bubble bursting puzzles. There are close to 20 different enemies to compete against but as with most games the 2 player option is best played against another human. It's a shame that Taito didn't include online gameplay with Bust-A-Move 4 as it wouldn't require a super fast network to implement. Still, the 2 player split screen mode is still great fun.
The only gripe to be had with this game is not actually with the game itself, but the price for Australia. While America get the game at the low price of $US30 ($AU55) Australians will have to pay $AU89.95 which is the same price as all the other Dreamcast games. Perhaps this will changed before the game is released, but even at this higher price this game is guaranteed to have you dreaming of bursting bubbles for months.