The bubble-bobbling puzzle series arrives on the Nintendo DS with the aptly named Bust-A-Move DS. Hardcore Bust-A-Move fans, if there is such a thing, might be a little put off by the gameplay tweaks made in this version, and, in some ways, the package feels a little spartan. Still, Bust-A-Move DS delivers plenty of fun and familiar puzzle action with its five-player support and the huge number of puzzles to play through.
Bub and Bob bring their love (or is it hate?) of bubbles to the DS.
This is still Bust-A-Move, which means you're still launching colored bubbles from the bottom of the screen at like-colored bubbles suspended from the top to clear them all. What makes Bust-A-Move DS unique is the way in which you launch the bubbles. Previous Bust-A-Move games gave you an arrow to aim with, but on the DS, you can use the touch screen to launch bubbles with a small slingshot--just touch the bubble with the stylus, drag down, and let go. Since you no longer have the arrow on the top screen, a guideline is added that goes about a quarter of the way up onto the top screen, which makes aiming much easier. The touch screen controls can take some getting used to, but they prove to be a fun and tactile way to play the game.
The touch screen controls are also pretty sensitive, which makes them good for setting up tricky, precise bank shots; but, it can make them exceedingly difficult to use if you happen to be in transit, since the smallest bump can send your aim way off. For this reason, Bust-A-Move DS also gives you the classic D pad control options. Though easier to use in turbulent situations, the D pad doesn't provide the same precise level of control as the touch screen, and you'll often find yourself tapping back and forth on the D pad just to get the angle that you need. Both control schemes can feel compromised at times, but the touch screen controls are unquestionably superior.