Hey, man, want some
stuff? Yeah, check it out. Looking for a puzzle gaming fix? Yeah, I’ll
fix ya up real nice. Ubi Soft’s got just what you need: Super
Bust A Move 2 for the Gamecube and Playstation 2. The sequel to
the PS2’s Super Bust A Move will be released in October
(for the PS2) then again in December (for the Gamecube). Trust me,
you’ll be jonesing on this sh**.
Gameplay in Super
Bust A Move 2 remains faithful to the series. You have to aim a
colored bubble at an assortment of colored bubbles at the top of the
screen, which continue to accumulate and descend. Attaching 3
bubbles of the same color bursts the bubbles, with your aim being to
clear the screen of bubbles entirely or at least to last longer than
your opponent. The premise is easy to understand and just
challenging enough to execute, which is what makes it so damn
addictive. Get set to lose countless hours of your life.
The game gives you
12 bizarre characters to choose from. And I do mean bizarre. Unlike
the colorful, anime-style characters from previous Bust A Move
series entries, these new characters look like the programmers were
coming down from a very bad drug trip during the design stages.
Overly cartoony and bright, the character design has gone from cute
and amusing to just plain f*ed up.
If you’ve never
played Bust A Move’s previous incarnations, there’s no
need to worry. There is a training mode included in the game to help
you learn the basics and practice (not that you’ll need much, it’s
a fairly instinctive game). Edit mode allows the intrepid gamer to
create his own puzzles and save them to the memory card to show off
to their friends (if you really think they’ll care).
player mode allows gamers to work their way through several levels
and stages to discover more about the characters in the game and the
story behind them (not that you’d want to – they should have
done this with Bust A Move 2 for the N64, if they wanted us
to care). Battle mode lets you take on either your friends or the
computer to see who’s your daddy in the puzzle gaming arena. A
scalable difficulty level might make the game a bit more interesting
and challenging for the Bust-A-Burned Out among us.
disappointed in the lack of animation in previous Bust A Move
games (was anybody really that obsessed?) will have no cause to
worry. Ubi Soft has stated that there will new animations included
in the game in addition to featuring "the highest-resolution
With thousand of
new puzzles found in the Super Bust A Move 2, gamers should
be very happy when the game is released later this year.