Lost In Translation/Puzzle Bobble 2

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Puzzle Bobble 2
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Manufacturer Taito Corporation Japan
Released 1995
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU 68EC020 (@ 16.000 MHz)
68000 (@ 16.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
ES5505 (@ 15.238 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 232 pixels
58.97 Hz
8,192 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 13 ROMs
11,010,048 bytes (10.50 MiB)
MAME ID pbobble2 · pbobbl2j · pbobbl2u · pbobbl2x

About The Game

Puzzle Bobble 2, as its name implies, in an arcade video puzzle game.

Link 3 or more coloured bubbles by shooting an identical coloured bubble. When they are joined together, they pop.


Released in July 1995.

This game is known in US as "Bust-A-Move Again".

This game runs on the Taito F3 System hardware but it was re-released (licensed to SNK) on the SNK Neo-geo MVS hardware in 1999 as "Puzzle Bobble 2 [MVS]".

If you look closely at the bubbles, you'll notice that the enemies from "Bubble Bobble" are trapped inside; a different enemy for each different coloured bubble. The following chart shows which enemies are trapped in which colour bubble :

Colour of bubble Bubble Bobble enemy inside
Blue Zen-Chan
Yellow Pulpul
Red Invader
Green Drunk
Purple Monsta
Orange Banebou
Black Hidegonsu
White Mighta

On the last level, you will see characters from "Bubble Bobble" & "Rainbow Islands".

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.

Stepehn Krogman holds the official records for this game with 75,275,450 points (factory setting).

Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Puzzle Bobble Variety - ZTTL-0009) on 28/03/1997.


Pop bubbles of the same colour, each bubble is worth 10 points. When dropping bubbles, the first bubble is 20, and each additional bubble scores double, thus:

Bubbles dropped Points
1 20
2 40
3 80
4 160
5 320
6 640
7 1,280
8 2,560
9 5,120
10 10,240
11 20,480
12 40,960
13 81,920
14 163,840
15 327,680
16 655,360
17 or more 1,310,720

Unlike Puzzle Bobble, there is a way to get more than 1,310,720 points. It's possible to get 2,621,440, 5,242,880, or even 10,485,760 points! To do this :

  • You need 17 or more bubbles.
  • One of these bubbles must touch exactly one bubble of a group of similarly coloured bubbles.
  • The bubble that pops the similarly coloured group of bubbles must not touch the group of 17 or more bubbles.

Bonus points are awarded based on how fast you completed the stage.

Seconds Points
1-5 500,000
6 494,600
7 481,700
8 469,400
9 458,400
46 14,100
47 as low as 300


  1. Puzzle Bobble (1994)
    Puzzle Bobble [MVS] (1994)
  2. Puzzle Bobble 2 (1995)
    Puzzle Bobble 2 [MVS] (1999)
    Puzzle Bobble 2X (1995)
  3. Puzzle Bobble 3 (1996)
  4. Puzzle Bobble 4 (1997)
  5. Super Puzzle Bobble (1999)
  6. Azumanga Daioh Puzzle Bobble (2002)
  7. Super Puzzle Bobble 2 (2002, Sony PlayStation 2)
  8. Super Puzzle Bobble All-Stars (2003, Nintendo GameCube)
  9. Puzzle Bobble Vs. (2003, Nokia N-Gage)
  10. Ultra Bust-a-Move (2004, Microsoft XBOX)
  11. Puzzle Bobble Pocket (2005, Sony PSP)
  12. Puzzle Bobble DS (2005, Nintendo DS)


Game Designer
Seiichi Nakakuki
Character Designers
Kazuhiro Kinoshita
Baw Baw (Bawbaw)
Ko-Ji Terada
T. Akitsu-Osaru-
Rie Amino
Uoosy Maler
Yuko Kajihara
Ryota Sasaki
Yasunobu Kousokabe
Miwa Kamiya
Rieko Kobayashi
Miyabi Tashiro
Masami Kikuchi
Saori Hiratsuka
Vap Corp.
Hiroshi Maruyama
Junichiro Noguchi
Sound (Zuntata)
Nakayama Joutohei
Kazuko Umino
Yasuko Yamada
Kumi Mizobe
T. Yoshiba
M. Osaka
Y. Mori

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony PlayStation (1996)
Sega Saturn (1996, "Puzzle Bobble 2X")
Sega Saturn (1997, "Puzzle Bobble 2X + Space Invaders")
Nintendo 64 (1998, "Bust-A-Move 2")
Nintendo Game Boy (1998, "Bust-A-Move 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Memories Vol. 2")
Microsoft XBOX (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
PC [MS Windows 95/MS-DOS, CD-ROM] (1996, "Bust-A-Move-2 : Arcade Edition")
PC [Windows 95 Ver.1.0, CD-ROM] (1998)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
SNK Neo-Geo MVS (1999)

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.