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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Mitchell Corporation (Arcade) – Capcom (Super NES)

Super Buster Bros. / Super Pang (SNES)

Super Buster Bros. (AKA Super Pang (スーパーパン) outside of North America) is a cooperative two-player shooting puzzle arcade video game developed by Mitchell Corp. and released in the United States in 1990 by Capcom. It is the second game in the Pang series and was ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console in 1992. The main goal of this game is to pop all the bubbles coming from above and bouncing around the screen until there’s none left.

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The game has 2 modes: Panic Mode and Tour Mode. Panic Mode is where you can test your survival skills by relentlessly popping bubbles to fill a meter along the screen’s bottom to progress through the stages. As expected, it’ll get challenging over time.

Tour mode, on the other hand, is where you’ll get to travel across countries as you progress through diverse stages (three stages in each country) that typically include walls, destructible blocks, ladders, etc. These elements make Super Buster Bros. even more challenging. Tour Mode has 4 difficulty levels: easy, normal, hard, and expert.

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The bubbles come in different shapes and sizes, and you can pop them using your bubble-blasting gun. This doesn’t always come easy, however, because bigger ones just divide into smaller bubbles, getting bigger and bigger in number as they become smaller. You just have to keep on popping until these bubbles are small enough to be destroyed completely.

Proven to be helpful in Super Buster Bros. for the SNES are the power-ups, such as the hourglass to slow down the bubbles and the clock to freeze them completely. These only last a few seconds but you can fire away while they’re in effect. In addition, there are weapon power-ups, too. You can get such power-ups from popped bubbles or from objects, such as blocks, that you’ve destroyed.

This game’s 16-bit graphics is characteristic of the other 90’s arcade games in its era, though this one doesn’t need to be in HD to be enjoyable. Its music, on the other hand, actually sounds fun that it tends to get stuck in the head for a day or two after playing.

What’s more, its stages have such diverse elements that make this game quite challenging, at times frustrating, but never boring. Indeed, Super Buster Bros. is a classic shooter that is fun and addictive, and one that can be enjoyable even to this day.

Super Buster Bros. has been ported to Arcade, SNES (this version), and Sony PlayStation.

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