CES 07: Bust-A-Move Bash Hands-On

Forget four-player Wii fun, Bust-A-Move Bash doubles the fun to eight gem busters on the same console.

LAS VEGAS--With the upcoming release of Bust-A-Move Bash for the Nintendo Wii, four-player multiplayer may become passé. The game will support up to eight players on the same console--a fact that could make the already hectic nature of Bust-A-Move that much more intense. We had a chance to play the game during a demo at the Majesco booth here at CES 2007 and, frankly, it scared us a bit.

If you've never played Bust-A-Move before, the idea is simple. You shoot brightly colored jewels from the bottom of the screen to a slowly cascading wave of jewels. By lining up three jewels of the same color in a row, you eliminate them. The more jewels you collect and the more chains you line up, the better your score. Bust-A-Move started out as a simple single- and two-player experience; with Bash, the tension is ratcheted up considerably because it supports a maximum of eight players.

We competed with only three other players in our session with Bash, but even with four players, it's easy for the game to get out of hand quickly. To aim, you simply move the Wii Remote left or right and fire with a press of the B button. Jewels are fired from every direction and explode on the cascading top of the screen at a seemingly constant pace. It's tough to keep pace with the action on the screen, but after a few moments of adjustment, you learn to focus on your area of the screen alone. Periodic power-ups will appear, such as bowling balls that will destroy any jewels in its path and a "slide" power-up that will cause the jewel you shoot to automatically find the closest jewel of its type. The winner at the end of the timed round is the one who collects the most jewels; should there be a tie, the player with the most chains is declared the winner.

In addition to the multiplayer support, Bash will include a classic puzzle mode that features five worlds and 250 puzzles to play through, as well as an additional five worlds (and 250 more puzzles) to unlock as you go. Endless mode will let you play the game without the restrictions of a timer, and shooting mode will test your reflexes by challenging you to shoot jewels from every direction. The trick in this mode will be changing your reticle to match the color of the jewel you are trying to shoot.

The Bust-A-Move series has long been known as a favorite among casual gamers. Bash seems to up the ante on the Wii with more of the same Bust-A-Move gameplay fans have come to expect and with the added challenge of more players to compete against. Expect a full review of the game when it's released in the second quarter of 2007.

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31 comments
eyewho
eyewho

i dont think 8 wiimotes is really a possibility considering there are only 4 led lights on the bottom of the remote, there must be another way.

JimBurber
JimBurber

8wiimotes, that costs almost as much as a ps3

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I think the control scheme would feel more comfortable if the graphics were laid out like a 3D pinball game, if you know what I mean.

szindragon
szindragon

I can't wait for this game. I've always loved the Bust A Move series!

cstrife187
cstrife187

bust a move was one of my favorite games on my game gear. (that's right, I had one) I can't wait for this

whiplash
whiplash

8 players on the same screen? How tiny will that be? I have a big screen, and anything beyond split screen gets on my nerves. I wonder how hard it'll be to aim with a Wiimote... I don't think my hand is THAT steady.

surfataison
surfataison

yeyeye finally 8 player game for the best system wii

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

my g/f always kicks my ass at BaM. she'll love this......

EQShaman
EQShaman

Is this anything like Zuma? I was considering picking it up for my g/f who is freakin crazy for Zuma.

BuffysFaith
BuffysFaith

very awesome just another reason I'll be picking up a Wii as soon as I can find one.

mach-stem
mach-stem

Can't wait, it's still one of my fav. games for the Dreamcast (which we still play) and is a great game on my DS. PEACE

geigehenry19
geigehenry19

This is really exciting! Bust a Move is one of my favorite games of all time! I'll buy a Wii just to play this game!

cobrax80
cobrax80

this will be interesting

littlewiz77
littlewiz77

I think you have to share nunchuk...

acu02151
acu02151

Nice. I hope it isn't the only game that will feature 8 player support.

Irve
Irve

almost up there with the 10 player bomber man on the saturn ... but not quite !

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds like it could be fun

FantasyFanatic3
FantasyFanatic3

Whoa, That's really ... I predict chaotic gameplay. Just imagine jewels and controllers flying all over ... whoa ...

TryMe01
TryMe01

"eight players on the same console" how is that possible?! with the GC controllers? hmm... interesting

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

always loved bust-a-move, will get this one

Rokin1
Rokin1

Ha, one for the Wii!

juanfraino
juanfraino

Sound like a good game! multiplayer madness FTW!

emo_worm
emo_worm

8 players...does that mean eight Wii Remotes on one console?

mikhailk5
mikhailk5

Sounds like a cool game and 8 players thats crazy!