It’s amazing to think that Puzzle Bobble (a.k.a. Bust-a-Move) is now 35 years old, providing decades of addictive puzzling across almost every videogame platform imaginable. Soon it’ll be the turn of virtual reality (VR), with Taito and Survios announcing that Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey will be making its way to Oculus Quest next month.
Since the initial reveal of the VR edition last summer, no other details have been released until now, where you can see the gameplay in action for the first time. Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey mixes the original bubble popping gameplay with immersive VR interaction, so rather than having a normal gun to aim and shoot, you’re provided with a weapon more akin to a high tech catapult, popping in colourful balls to then fling at the floating collection of bubbles.
Puzzle Bobble VR: Vacation Odyssey will provide players with 100 levels of bubble popping madness, with the aim to score a perfect three-stars on each level. As levels are completed players will earn coins to spend on unique power-ups with their own particular VR interactions.
The videogame will be split across three gameplay modes to offer players a nice mixture:
- Story Mode: Make your way through 100 progressively challenging levels and achieve three-star mastery
- Infinite Mode: Shoot and match to achieve a high score as a never-ending wave of bubbles take over the screen
- Online Duel Mode: Challenge online opponents and send jammer bubbles to a rival’s board in this fast-paced 1v1 mode
The launch continues a trend with big IPs coming to the standalone headset. From Myst, Jurassic World Aftermath and Zombieland: Headshot Fever to the recent reveal that Resident Evil 4 is on its way, there’s plenty to keep Oculus Quest owners entertained.