Puzzle Bobble

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Puzzle Bobble
Puzzle Bobble cover
Windows Kinesoft
North America, 1996-99 copies GT Interactive
North America, post-1999 copies Interplay Entertainment
Japan, 1996-99 copies GameBank
Japan, post-1999 copies CYBERFRONT Corporation
Release dates
Windows 1996
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Puzzle
Art styles Cartoon, Pixel art
Themes Fantasy
Series Puzzle Bobble
Puzzle Bobble on HowLongToBeat
Puzzle Bobble on IGDB
Puzzle Bobble guide on StrategyWiki
Puzzle Bobble on MobyGames
Puzzle Bobble on Wikipedia
Puzzle Bobble
Subseries of Bubble Bobble
Puzzle Bobble 1995
Bust-A-Move 2: Arcade Edition 1996
Puzzle Bobble 2 1997
Puzzle Bobble 3DX 2001
Puzzle Bobble 4 2000
Super Puzzle Bobble 2001
Bust-A-Move Online 2007
Puzzle Bobble (2019) 2019
Puzzle Bobble 2 (2019) 2019

Key points

Released in North America and Europe as Bust-A-Move.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Game runs directly off of the disc.
This game is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Play without the disc[edit]

Music will now loop correctly on Vista and above, and will play on cue 100% of time as side effects to this fix.
How to run the game completely off the hard drive[1]
  1. Copy all of the files from the disc into a folder of your choosing.
  2. Download the _inmm.dll installer and extract it, then run the installer.
  3. Open your game CD in any application that rips audio CDs, and rip the audio into an easy to find place, preferably into a new folder in the game’s directory.
  4. Open _inmmcnf.exe, and on the "Method" tab, change the "default" option to DirectShow.
  5. Select the "_inmm.dll" tab, then click "add".
  6. Go to the folder you ripped the game's music into. Then select all of the "track" files.
  7. Select "Save", go to the folder you installed Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move in, then save the ini file.
  8. Close _inmmcnf.exe, then drag pb.exe onto the _inmmcnf.exe file itself. This will pop up a message asking if you want to patch the executable. Select "Ok".
  9. Launch loader.exe whenever you want to play the game, or launch pb.exe to skip the launcher.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Gamebank\Puzzle Bobble[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Gamebank\Puzzle Bobble[Note 1]



General settings.
General settings.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM and SFX on/off only.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Serial, Modem, and Direct IP only.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer DirectPlay

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX-compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).


  1. Verified by User:Ptolemy on 2019-08-20
  2. Verified by User:Ptolemy on 2020-08-06