Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bubsy the Bobcat

In June Activision released Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy and then in August Sonic the Hedgehog returned to his roots in Sega's Sonic Mania. Now another video game mascot that got its start in the '90s is back: Bubsy! I was going to be sarcastic about the return of Bubsy but I don't know much about the games outside of what I've read, and my memory had me thinking the Bubsy games were considered  terrible. However, while putting together this post I found that the first Bubsy game was very well-received and its sequel, as well as the Atari Jaguar game, were decent too. Apparently it was Bubsy 3D that made everyone want to forget about the anthropomorphic bobcat. Bubsy did get a compilation in 2015 of the first two Super Nintendo Entertainment System games for the PC called Two-Fur. Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is a brand new game that releases today and returns the title character to 2D, much like the aforementioned Sonic Mania did for Sonic the Hedgehog.

In light of Bubsy's return here are reviews of the first game from Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) and Game Informer, and a GamePro review of Bubsy II. For the EGM review I included a couple bonus reviews allowing you to see the competition that Bubsy faced that month and one of them (Cool Spot) is a good comparison as it's another side-scrolling platform game.

Electronic Gaming Monthly #46

Game Informer - March/April 1993

GamePro - September 1994

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