There are other, just as capable ways to get your Bust-A-Move fix on the go, especially if own an iOS device, where you can get two different Bust-A-Move games for much cheaper. Or, y’know, the thousands of clones that are also available. But in any case, why not go with the real deal?
Game Informer – 60
The time-tested bubble popping gameplay on its own is still enjoyable, but leaves a bit to be desired after going through the rounds. Unless you’re a devout fan of the series, I’d say get mileage on your shiny new 3DS somewhere else as this version of Bust-A-Move is far from being the definitive package.
GameFocus – 54
Despite its challenging and addictive gameplay, this offering is simply too thin to deserve a rock solid recommendation unless the other 3DS titles aren’t what you’re looking for.
Nintendo Life – 50
A very thin package that feels almost aggressively old-school through its distinct lack of features. While the core game is addictive as ever, the puzzles end too soon and the rest of the content is so underwhelming that you’ll wonder how much time it actually spent in the kitchen.
GameSpot – 50
Bust-A-Move Universe is a lot like its bubble-bursting predecessors, except it costs more and delivers less.
GameTrailers – 46
Even at the discounted price of 30 dollars, this is clearly the wrong move to bust on a new platform.
NintendoWorldReport – 45
Bust-A-Move Universe is a great puzzle game, but unless you’re a big fan of the series or a die-hard puzzle fanatic, this is a senseless purchase. You can find similar games online for free or, inevitably, for much cheaper on the 3DS download platforms (when they launch).
1UP – 33
Bust-A-Move Universe stops just shy of being an irredeemably terrible game, but it’s certainly not good.
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