Promotional artwork for Bust-A-Move Islands
|Release date||December 9, 2013|
|Modes||Single Player, Multiplayer (Facebook connectivity)|
Bust-A-Move Islands, known as LINE Puzzle Bobble (LINE パズルボブル LINE Pazuru Boburu?) in Japan, is a mobile game released in 2013 for Android and iOS. Bust-A-Move Islands is a successor to the previous two iOS Bust-A-Move games, featuring similar graphics and gameplay elements. The Japanese version of the game is hosted through Naver Corporation's LINE messaging service.
The North American servers for the game were shut down on June 15, 2015, but the servers for the Asian releases of the game are still currently up and running.
The game was rereleased as a paid app in 2017 outside of LINE, retitled Bust-A-Move Journey (パズルボブルジャーニー Pazuru Boburu Jānī?, "Puzzle Bobble Journey").
Bub and Bob have been turned into Bubble Dragons by Dreg. They must travel across several islands in order to search for the Magic Bubble that can grant wishes. On their journey they come across many new friends that help guide them to the Magic Bubble.
Like all the rest of the games in the Puzzle Bobble series, clear all the Bubbles to advance to the next stage. But in this game you need to collect stars in order to advance to different islands. There are different types of stages that have obstacles which could either make the player lose bubbles, time, or a life. Other stages require the player to save Chack'n, or clear it within a time limit. There are also two types of controls: Type A allows the player to tap the screen to shoot the bubbles. Type B lets the player precisely aim the bubble and press the button beside the shooter when ready.
The starting amount is 5 hearts. For every stage you play, one heart is used, and it takes 30 minutes for them to regenerate. It is possible to gain more hearts from the weekly roulette or clearing boss stages. If you complete said stages without failing the objective, you can keep the heart you used and continue to play. However, failing the mission results in the heart being lost. You can carry more than 5 hearts in game by waiting for the game to give you more, or by purchasing them with Rubies.
Another feature are the Rubies. They can be bought, or gained by either wining on the weekly roulette, reaching a new rank, or by collecting enough stars to open chests. Rubies can be used to buy items within the stages, allow the player to carry on if they lose a stage, buy hearts, buy coins, and can also be used to advance to the next island if the player has a sufficient ammount of stars.
Coins can only be used to buy items. They can be earned by clearing normal stages, event stages, boss stages, weekly roulette, posting acheivements on the players line account, inviting friends to play, and the bonus level after completing daily challenges.
Event & Boss stages are thrown in as an extra challenge. They are slightly more difficult than the normal stages, but they give the player a chance to win more coins & items, even hearts and rubies.
Gacha tickets can either be bought in a package along with items & rubies, once a week with daily rewards, or they can be obtained after clearing the Gacha King event stages.
Boss stages can be unlocked with Keys collected in the regular stages. Bosses have 5 difficulty levels, with their health ranging from 4 to 12 HP (For the Owl, it's 6 to 24 HP). When bosses are dazed you are given the chance to hit them a total of two times. Fighting bosses can be made easier by purchasing the Power-Up. After beating the boss the player is rewarded with Hearts, Rubies, and Coins - the higher level the boss is, the more rewards the player recieves.
There are 3 bosses, consisting of:
|Owl||Rescue chack'n (who appears to be trapped in a Block) to knock the Owl out in order to attack it. It can spread feathers to hide the colours of the bubbles to trick players.|
|Crab||Burst the bubbles on its claws to make them fall off. When the claw is off, that's the chance to attack it. If both claws are removed it will become dizzy & stop for a short while, making it easier to attack.|
|Skeleton||In the middle of the stage there is an egg. Break the egg and it will become angry, that is the chance to attack. Occasionally, the Skeleton will attack Bub, leaving Bob to shoot.|
The newest feature introduced in the game is the Gacha. This allows players to use their Coins or Rubies, or Gacha Tickets to buy character teams. There are 3 ranks of characters, B, A, S, & SS. Each character from any rank can be bought up to 15 times, reason being that their level rises. When their levels rise, their stats increase (Bubbles earn more points, skill/item quanitity increases, bubbles needed to restore skills decreases.)
|Broship Bros||This pair consists of Bub & Bob. Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Blue bubbles.|
|Fairyland Bros||This pair consists of Bub & Bob in their Bubblen March designs. Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Blue bubbles.|
|Tough Girls||This pair consists of Kululun & Cororon. Get extra skill points for bursting Yellow/Red bubbles.|
|Willy & Co.||This pair consists of Drunk and his blue dopelganger. Get extra skill points for bursting Black/Red bubbles.|
|Robo-bros||This pair consists of Red & Blue Bubble Busters. Get extra skill points for bursting Blue/Red bubbles.|
|Red and White||This pair consists of Red & White Maitas. Get extra skill points for bursting Purple/White bubbles.|
|Red Rovers||This pair consists of Red Maita & Red Bubble Buster. Get extra skill points for bursting Purple/Orange bubbles.|
|2 Blue Dudes||This pair consists of Blue Drunk & Bob. Get extra skill points for bursting Blue/Purple bubbles.|
|Greenie Meanies||This pair consists of Kululun & Drunk. Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Yellow bubbles.|
|Lovely Pinkies||This pair consists of Cororon & Red Bubble Buster. Get extra skill points for bursting Red/Orange bubbles.|
|We R Family||This pair consists of Bob & Kululun. Get extra skill points for bursting Orange/Yellow bubbles.|
|Jr. Magic||This pair consists of Blue Drunk & Bubble Buster. Get extra skill points for bursting White/Black bubbles.|
|Super Combo||This pair consists of Red Maita & Chack'n . Get extra skill points for bursting Orange/Yellow bubbles. Combos won't be broken for a limited amount of throws.|
|Friend Summoners||This pair consists of Red Bubble Buster & Chack'n. Get extra skill points for bursting Orange/Yellow bubbles. The chance of Friend bubbles will increase.|
|Bomb Bomb Combi||This pair consists of White Maita & Chack'n. Get extra skill points for bursting White/Red bubbles. Get Bomb Bubbles after a set ammount of bubbles are thrown.|
|Rival Bombers||This pair consists of Bub & Drunk. Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Black bubbles. Get Bomb Bubbles after a set ammount of bubbles are thrown.|
|Rival Changer||This pair consists of Bob & Drunk. Get extra skill points for bursting Blue/Black bubbles. Can use the Change-up once during a round.|
|Friendmance||This pair consists of Bub & Kululun. Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Yellow bubbles. The chance of Friend bubbles will increase.|
|Jugglers||This pair consists of Bob & Cororon. Get extra skill points for bursting Blue/Red bubbles. Can use the Change-up once during a round.|
|Bling Brothers||This pair consists of Red Maita & Drunk. Get extra skill points for bursting Red/White bubbles. Increases the coins you get at the end of a stage.|
|Combo Stars||This pair consists of Bub & Chack'n. Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Orange bubbles. Combos won't be broken for a limited amount of throws.|
|Magical Coins||This pair consists of Cororon (in a witch costume) & White Maita. Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Blue bubbles. Increases the coins you get at the end of a stage.|
|Big 'n' Small||This pair consists of Miniroon & Bob. Get extra skill points for bursting Orange/Blue bubbles. Increases the coins you get at the end of a stage.|
|Mentori Siblings.||This pair consists of LINE's Mentori siblings. Get extra skill points for bursting Purple/White bubbles. Can use the Change-up once during a round. (These are no longer available.)|
|Super Willy & Co.||This pair consists of Drunk & Coron. Get extra skill points for bursting Orange/White bubbles. An extra Bubble is added at the start of a stage.|
|Guide Bros||This pair consists of Bubby & Bobby. Get extra skill points for bursting White/Black bubbles. The bubble guide is extended.|
|Rabbear Friends||This pair consists of Bub (dressed as LINE's Cony the Rabbit) & Bob (Dressed as LINE's Brown the Bear). Get extra skill points for bursting Green/Purple bubbles. Get Bomb Bubbles after a set ammount of bubbles are thrown.|
|Wooly & Wild||This pair consists of Bub (dressed as a Wolf) & Bob (Dressed as a Sheep). Get extra skill points for bursting Orange/Black bubbles. Can use the Change-up once during a round.|
|Bubble's Magicians||This pair consists of Kululun (dressed as a Witch) & Cororon (Dressed as a Cat). Get extra skill points for bursting Blue/Yellow bubbles. Get Metal Bubbles after a set ammount of bubbles are thrown.|
|Purple Bubbles||This pair consists of Bub (dressed as the Mentori brother) and the Mentori brother himself. Get extra skill points for bursting Blue/Yellow bubbles. Get Water Bubbles after a set ammount of bubbles are thrown. (These are no longer available.)|
|The White Fairies||This pair consists of Bub (dressed as a Dumpling fairy[?]) & the Dumpling Fairy. Get extra skill points for bursting White/Orange bubbles. Get Bomb Bubbles after a set ammount of bubbles are thrown. (These are no longer available.)|
Items, Obstacles & Bubble-typesEdit
Obstacles & Bubble types add to the chalenge of the stages, and can be a threat if a bubble comes into contact with them. But some can be helpful in a few stages.
|Chack'n, Rainbow Chack'n, and Block Chack'n Bubbles||Chack'n is trapped in a bubble or a box. The player has to free him by destroying the Bubble or dropping the box|
|Bubble Blocks||Bubbles stick to these, they disappear once all the bubbles on it are popped.|
|Boxes||These can't be popped, but can be dropped.|
|Rocks||Like the Magnet Bubbles, other bubbles stick to these. They can only be destroyed with certain items, or Lightning Bubbles.|
|Plus Bubbles||When popped, these will give the player an additional 5 bubbles.|
|Minus Bubbles||When popped, these will take away 3 bubbles.|
|Skull Bubbles||Hitting a Skull Bubble will result in losing the stage.|
|Grow Bubbles||These will swallow Bubbles and turn them into more Grow Bubbles|
|Vines||Vines will hide bubbles. They will pull themselves back if an obstructed bubble is popped.|
|Time Bombs||For every Bubble that's thrown, the counter on the Time Bumbs go down. Once the counter reaches 0, the game is over.|
|Snake Bubbles||If one of these gets popped, snakes will fall on Bub so the player will have to take control of Bob. One bubble has 3 snakes.|
|Honeycomb||If you hit a Honeycomb, bees will fly out and attack Bub & Bob and 3 bubbles will be shot in any random direction.|
|Chameleon Bubbles||Chameleon Bubbles will take the colour of the bubble it's displaying.|
|Chains||The chains block all bubbles on the other side. To get rid of it the player needs to shoot a bubble at the lock.|
Unknown Bubbles change to any random colour when hit.
|Clouds||Bubbles that are covered by clouds can't be popped. In order for the clouds to be moved, they have to be shot at.|
|Lightning Bubbles||If you hit a Lightning Bubble, It will shoot out a horrizontal line of lightning and destroy nearby items.|
|Time Bubbles||In stages with a time limit, destroying these will give the player 5 more seconds to the timer.|
|Coin Bubbles||These can only be found in Event Stages. For each one that is popped, the player will recieve 50 coins.|
|Search Bubbles||Search bubbles are needed in certain stages to look up at Bubbles to figure out where to shoot.|
|Key Bubbles||When these are popped the player will receive keys to be able to play a boss stage. 5 keys are needed every time.|
Star Bubbles will make every bubble on the stage that is the same colour of the bubble used disappear.
|When bubbles are shot at Black Holes, they are turned into obstacles like Honeycombs, Skull Bubbles, or Minus Bubbles. But sometimes they can turn into helpful bubbles, such as Plus Bubbles, Lightning Bubbles, or Star Bubbles.|
Colour Bombs are similar to Time Bombs. Unlike the Time Bombs, these can be destroyed by lining up 3 bubbles of the same colour.
|UFOs can turn regular bubbles into either Rainbow Bubbles or Black holes.|
Balloons are large bubbles containing Super Sockets. It takes 3 bubbles of the same colour to burst. If a different colour bubble is shot, the Balloon will change colour.
|Warp Cannon||Bubbles can be shot into a warp bubble and be blasted out of one of several cannons in the stage. The cannons AND the warp can be dropped when surrounding bubbles are burst.|
|Gears||Gears spin if they're hit with a bubble. This means any bubbles surrounding the gear also get rotated.|
|Lightning Bubble G||Lightning Bubble G takes the form of Rock Bubbles, expect these can be dropped and shot.|
Items can be bought with coins before playing a stage, but some items can be bought in the stage with Rubies. Some items help make the stage easier to clear, other items can disable the effects of obstacles that pose a threat in the stage.
|Super guide||This can help aim the bubble, and can make any level easy enough when used right.|
|Bubble Plus||This will add 5 extra bubbles before you start a stage.|
|Bomb Bubbles||This can be used to destroy any surrounding bubbles, boxes, or any other obstacle (except from the Centres)|
|Score-Up||This will double your in-game score on a stage.|
|Hyper Bubbles||This can be used to pop any surrounding bubbles of the same colour it lands on.|
|Minus Guard||This will stop the effect of the Minus Bubbles.|
|Bubble Search||This will eliminate the need to waste bubbles on the search bubbles in the stage, this can be used any time.|
|Time Plus||This will give you an extra 10 bubbles on the time stages.|
|Shake Bubble||This can remove obstacles and other bubbles in a large area.|
|Skull Barrier||This will stop the effect of the Skull Bubbles.|
|Change up||This will allow Bob to hold an extra bubble.|
|Metal Bubble||This can clear any bubble in its path and can last up to 3 bounces. It won't work on Bubble Blocks.|
|Honeycomb Barrier||This will stop the effect of the Honeycombs.|
|Ice Bubble||This can freeze bubbles & obstacles in a large area, and can be destroyed if hit with another bubble.|
|Fire Bubble||This will release a line of fire that pops bubbles & destroys obstacles. The disadvantage to this is it won't pop anything if it lands underneath a bubble.|
|Water Bubble||This will allow the player to draw a guide that the water will follow which will get rid of bubbles in that guide.|
|Shine Bubble||This can get rid of bubbles in a vertical line.|
|Time Stop||For 3 turns this will stop the Grow Bubbles and Time Bombs.|
|Vaccum||For 10 turns this gets rid of clouds.|
|Power-up||This can only be used in the boss stages. This will increase your attack power by 200%.|
|Replay||These will only show up in-game. If the player made a mistake they can reverse it by throwing a bubble at this.|