Bust-A-Move 4 (originally called Puzzle Bobble 4) is the third version of the Puzzle Bobble series. The game was available by Taito for many platforms, from Arcade to Microsoft Windows. Firstly, the Arcade version was released in 1998. Subsequently, it was lauched for PlayStation on August 6, 1998. By June 1999, a version built for Game Boy Color was published. With the Microsoft Windows platform, players experienced it on January 31, 2000. Finally, Taito also provided it for a powerful platform with good image processing capabilities, Sega Dreamcast. This version was officially available on March 16, 2000. In addition, it was also the last version of the Puzzle Bobble series that can be played on PS and Dreamcast.
Similar to previous versions, Bust-A-Move 4 also has a separate story. It was that the planet Bubbleluna could not witness the sunrise when a new day began. Because Cleon stole a power, Rainbow. Besides, she also divided this power into seven different bubbles. After that, Bub and Bob started to collect seven bubbles to restore Bubbleluna’s dawn.
Regarding the challenge system, Bust-A-Move 4 has four different game modes. In which, Puzzle Mode requires matches according to different levels and the difficult increasing. Next, Player vs Computer brings matches with the CPU, its content is to destroy the appearing balls and achieve high scores to defeat the enemy. With content similar to Player Vs Computer, Player Vs Player also requires players to achieve high scores to win. However, this section will bring the match between many players. The fourth mode is Challenge. It brings matches with a difficulty higher than the previous others. Besides, the matches also bring different goals that players have to accomplish.
Compared to other platforms, the graphics quality on Dreamcast has upgrades and display better. The image details are bright to help bring out beautiful scenes. Besides, the characters are still designed in a lovely cartoon style to create comfort for players.