Game Quickie: Bubsy

Bubsy’s one of the worst video games ever made… or is it?  Let’s take a quick look and actually give it a critical eye.

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  • Sonic Rose sonicrose
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:04 AM | Permalink

    You know,

    I would not consider Bubsy to be a 16 bit gem, but it’s by no means a turd either. I really liked this review and I honestly liked the Bubsy games *3D turd not withstanding*. The OHKO is probably what kept me from finishing the game in the past, but I remember having a lot of fun with it.

    Zool (I think) was more of a true Sonic Clone,  and I seem to recall running into walls more annoying than in the original Sonic games – which had some puzzle elements worked into them.

  • ProtosOmega
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    Looking back at it, it was a pretty generic game, but damn it I loved this game. Heck, today’s example would be Eat Lead the Return of Matt Hazard, which also has been the subject of much ridecule for the same thing.

  • Clockwork Bard
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM | Permalink

    I played a lot of Bubsy growing up. I even beat it. It really is a fun game, once you get past the brutal, frustrating nature of the one hit kills. It overemphasized the frequent leaps of faith and greatly punished the satisfying speed the levels sometimes offered. The camera panned fairly intelligently with your speed, which was nice (and something I criticized Sonic 4 for not doing). If only it were zoomed out a little more, I’d feel more comfortable breaking into a full sprint.

    In the end, Bubsy is just another Mascot-era cash in that plagued the market with games mostly ranging from horrible to decidedly average. He’s definitely more fun to play than Awesome Possum, but not on par with Rocket Knight Adventures. I’d place it a rung above Aero the Acro-Bat.

  • KuraraII KuraraII
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    I owned this game as a kid. Gosh, I hated it so much. I couldn’t stop playing , though. 😛

  • Roo Roo
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM | Permalink

    Yeah, I had the same feelings about this one – I enjoyed it as a kid, but fully realize it’s nothing special.  That’s why Retroware’s Game Quickie format best fits this game.  Not good enough to be a Gem, but enough to be talked about.

  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Permalink


  • CoyoteNEUTRAL
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 7:02 PM | Permalink

    Awesome review again Roo. You should take a look at one of my other favorite reviewers, Jon Tron. He did a review of the Bubsy games a bit ago.

  • The Male White Mage The Male White Mage
    Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM | Permalink

    I played/tried this game and it didn’t hold my attention to play it a second time.


  • William_Dogood
    Posted May 27, 2012 at 4:11 AM | Permalink

    Glad to see someone giving this game some leitimate love. Okay, not quite love, but not the senseless torture this series received following Bubsy 3D. As with others, I too enjoyed these games when I was younger. Particularly Bubsy 2 with all of it’s improvements and the weird inclusion of the shop and Nerf gun.

    Video games and foam ballistics!

  • The Onion Knight
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:53 AM | Permalink

    I don’t know if you’ve heard of him but JonTron did a review of this game. And boy, did he hate it. It’s refreshing to see an optimistic perspective on this game. Great mini-review!

  • LegallyMedicated
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 5:31 AM | Permalink

    I remember very well renting Bubsy way back when and really enjoying it! I mean enjoying it so much that it’s one of those games that i never forgot about. And although i am not sure why, it will remain one very fond game for me. Hell i even remember being in the Action Video store and picking it out. Ahhh childhood… when games were the most drama you had to deal with. *sulks into pit of despair at realizing that he isn’t 10 anymore*

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