Puzzle Bobble Goes Online With New PC Release

By Colin Tan on August 26, 2011, 12:49AM EST

TAITO Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japanese publisher and game developer Square Enix, and Neowiz Games have announced that the classic arcade hit Puzzle Bobble (Bust-A-Move) is making its online debut in Korea.

This online PC addition of the popular arcade series marks the first "fully high-definition casual online game" to launch in Korea. As such, it features HD visuals, but also adds online multiplayer allowing up to six players to compete with each other. There's also a single player mode for beginners.

"With their refined, industry"“proven planning and development experience, NEOWIZ GAMES has successfully taken our beloved puzzle game and turned it into a thrilling online experience," said Akihito Shoji, TAITO's Senior Vice President of Content.

"NEOWIZ GAMES is without a doubt one of the leaders in the Korean gaming arena, and we couldn't have asked for a better partner. We at TAITO are dedicated to bringing our IP to the global market, and this project with NEOWIZ GAMES marks an important step in that direction. I'm confident that PUZZLE BOBBLE ONLINE will exceed all expectations."

"I am pleased to work with TAITO, one of the leading game companies in Japan," added Sang"“kyu Yoon, NEOWIZ GAMES' CEO. "PUZZLE BOBBLE is very well"“known in Korea, its popularity dating back to its original arcade release, and Korean gamers are eager to play this classic online. We're doing our best to make PUZZLE BOBBLE ONLINE enjoyable to a wide audience, including both existing fans and newcomers."

You can check out the game over at the official site.

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