OK, so there’s a saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, though in entertainment media when you copy something a bit too much it can be weird. In the case of Rusty Spout Rescue Adventure with the exception of some aesthetics, the story and characters being different, and perhaps some nuance with powers and problems you’ll run into there’s no mistaking this is copied heavily from the Bust-a-Move series. The weird thing is, it is but it isn’t, there are just some small things that are different and one in particular is for the worse. There’s a good reason many games of this kind use an arrow of some kind on the base you fire balloons from, it helps you visualize where you’re aiming even when the guides are missing. Since this game instead features a cannon there’s no such help and you’re left trying to quickly eyeball it, often leading to issues. While seemingly a small detail it harms the game pretty substantially and is a big mistake for an overall pretty simple game.
Justin Nation, Score: