Once in a while a puzzle game will come along which is so addictive that a player will have no choice, but to play into the wee hours of the night. Tetris and Columns come to mind. Bust-A- Move 2 is also such a game. The concept is relatively simple. Different colored bubbles are arranged in various patterns on the ceiling of the playing field. The object (SURPRISE!!!) is to burst all the bubbles, which is done by linking three or more bubbles of the same color. Sounds easy, right? Well, there is a little more to it... The bubbles are launched from the bottom center of the playing field. Your aim is of the utmost importance. And for good measure, you can even bounce bubbles off the walls! But be warned, those bubbles are sticky, and if they so much as glance another bubble, there they will stay. And the more bubbles accumulate, the heavier they become. Soon, the ceiling will be coming closer to say 'hello.' If the bubbles cross the danger line, it's game over amigo.
While puzzle games aren't exactly demanding in the graphics department, it's nice to have something pretty to look at. And B-A-M 2 delivers. It is very cartoony with some fairly attractive backgrounds (not that you'll have much time to admire them as you plan you next shot). The graphics are distinctly Japanese. It is very obvious the programmers made little attempt in Americanizing the game. This is by no means a bad thing, but worth noting.
The tunes are catchy and help move the game along rather nicely. Sound effects are good, although not particularly memorable. Only one complaint here. At certain points in the game there is a squawk, like... well, like a chicken being slaughtered, to be quite honest. It is a tad annoying, but it is minor.
Here is where B-A-M 2's strongest point lies. I could play this game all night (and have on a couple of occasions). The game allows puzzle mode, vs computer mode, and vs a friend. In puzzle mode the player negotiates a selectable path, each section containing 5 puzzles. The puzzles are different depending on the path taken. The player can face a computer opponent in a split screen match. Each opponent is harder than the last (but if they got easier, that wouldn't make much sense, right?). Some of the computers characters are so cute, they're down right sickening. Dropping a large amount of bubbles on your side will add more bubbles to your opponents side- making for more than a little trouble. The person to clear their side first or to stay alive longer wins. A word of warning...the computer is tough!
If you are a fan of puzzle games, Bust-A-Move 2 definitely warrants purchase. There are plenty of levels that will keep you on your toes. Nice graphics and sound are easy on the senses. At $35(or less) every PS owner should check it out.