LOS ANGELES (February 4, 2011) — TAITO Corporation (TAITO®), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., today announced the worldwide release of NEW BUST-A-MOVE™ for iPhone® and iPod touch®. This latest installment in the beloved BUST-A-MOVE (A.K.A. PUZZLE BOBBLE®) series of puzzle action games is now available for download from the App Store.
While NEW BUST-A-MOVE preserves the classic match-three bubble-bursting play that made the series such a hit since its initial arcade release in 1994, it also boasts a variety of features including new level types and a never-before-seen control method.
A BUST-A-MOVE Series First: Jump Shots!
In addition to the Tap Shot – in which a bubble is launched in the direction tapped – and the pull-and-release Sling Shot control methods, NEW BUST-A-MOVE offers a completely new option: the Jump Shot. The Jump Shot offers the ability to launch a bubble over interposing obstacles, landing at a point chosen by the player. Skillful use of this technique opens up a new level of exhilarating play and clever strategy, allowing players to drop clusters of bubbles from the ceiling, etc.
Packed with New Tricks like Bubble Holding, Bomb Bubbles and Countdowns!
This edition boasts a number of features intended to give players new strategic options, including the Hold ability to save bubbles that have been loaded into the launcher for future use and explosive Bomb Bubbles capable of wiping out surrounding bubbles.
Another new feature is the Game Over Countdown. While in previous editions of BUST-A-MOVE, bubbles reaching the bottom of the play field instantly led to a Game Over result, NEW BUST-A-MOVE offers a three-second countdown, allowing quick-witted players to save themselves from defeat. Particularly helpful for newcomers to the series, the Game Over Countdown adds an additional dimension to play that can also be appreciated by veteran players.
New Level Rules! Simply Bursting Bubbles Won't Be Enough to Win!
In addition to the classic level style known and loved by fans of the series, NEW BUST-A-MOVE includes a wide variety of stages that operate under different rules. The game combines the familiar bubble-bursting fun with new gimmicks and quirks that enhance the experience.
NEW BUST-A-MOVE's 80 Story Mode stages are divided into a number of themed areas, each concluding with an intense boss battle. Collecting special bubbles also reveals challenging hidden stages, adding to an already-packed game.
NEW BUST-A-MOVE also includes a total of 55 Achievements that may be unlocked by accomplishing special in-game goals, creating another level of depth to keep players coming back for more.
Special Celebratory Sale: BUBBLE BOBBLE DOUBLE™!
To commemorate the launch of NEW BUST-A-MOVE, the previous release BUBBLE BOBBLE DOUBLE is being offered at $2.99, a 40% discount of its $4.99 standard price. Both games share a common history, with many of the characters present in NEW BUST-A-MOVE, including the Monsta and Invader enemies, first appearing in the BUBBLE BOBBLE series. Running from February 4 to Valentine's Day, February 14, this sale offers an excellent opportunity for fans to experience another side of the BUST-A-MOVE world.
TAITO will continue to release high-quality games that take full advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s individual characteristics.
NEW BUST-A-MOVE / NEW PUZZLE BOBBLE
|Price:||US$4.99 / EUR3.99|
|Device:||iPhone / iPod touch (iOS 3.0 or later)|
BUBBLE BOBBLE DOUBLE
|Sale Period:||February 4, 2011-February 14, 2011|
|Sale Price:||US$2.99 / EUR2.39 (Standard Price: US$4.99 / EUR3.99)|
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About TAITO Corporation
TAITO Corporation (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS®, and developed such fan favorites as EXIT™ and ARKANOID®. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries. More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.com/.
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