Ahh, Bubsy, is there a more iconic failed mascot than you? The funny thing about this game is that before it was released there was a ton of hype about this. Some magazines were calling this a Sonic beater and while it is funny to look back at now. Many people were very excited about this game and it received a great deal of press before it would grace us with its presence.
Why Is It Always Aliens?
The full name of the game is actually Bubsy: In Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind which is a fun title and also pretty fitting. I say that because the “story” of the game is a play on those classic alien invasion type movies. In this game, aliens are invading and they are trying to steal the supply of yarn balls. Bubsy, being a cat is having none of that!
Saturday Morning Cartoon
One of the best things that this game has going for it is the presentation. This is a fantastic looking game and at the time people were really pulled in by these visuals which did look like a cartoon. If you ask me, most of the development went into the art of this game. Bubsy is a cool looking character with a lot of attitude which all 90s “mascots” had to have.
The level design from an art point of view is also very well done. There are lots of little details and the 16 levels do actually have a lot of personality. When I look back now, I can see why so many people were sucked in by this game as it looked great at the time.
Hey, Just Take The Yarn And Leave Me Alone
I will say that I feel the first Bubsy game is not as horrible as people make out. This is an action platformer that has a lot of problems. To start with it is a one-hit kill system at play here and enemies come out of freaking nowhere all the time. They do give you 9 lives and there is a checkpoint system in each level, but you will go through those 9 lives so fast!
Bubsy moves way to fast and the levels are designed to trip you up all the time. Turning left to right or right to left has this weird snapping effect that takes a long time to get used to. The whole game is more frustrating than it is fun. It takes a great deal of patience and dedication to learn the levels.
The first game in the series I will say is not as bad as most people make out. Is Bubsy: In Claws Encounter of the Third Kind a great game? No, I would probably say it very closely borders on being classed as “good”. However, if you suck it up and get better at the game there is fun to be had here. You just have to be willing to overlook all of the games flaws of which there is a lot. The thing is, there are so many great SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis platformers that you have to ask yourself if you are willing to spend ages getting good at a game that is just ok.
- Bubsy is a kind of cool character
- The visuals are nice and bright
- You have lots of levels to play through
- Some of the ideas are fun
- The history behind Bubsy is really interesting
- The game is more frustrating than fun
- He is the poster boy for the failed mascot!
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode