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Bubsy In: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind / Yamaneko Bubsy No Daibouken


This was a time when companies repeatedly copy a successful formula... wait... this time period never ended. Yes many companies copy from one another (just ask how Mario is appreciating getting copied from his 64-bit debut), and yes many copy-cats become lack-lust attempts (Rascal by Psygnosis comes to mind), but Bubsy takes a little bit of Mario, a little bit of Sonic, mix in some of his own personality, becomes a colorful and fun game.

By: GoDSmurF

Graphics: 7.5/10

Bubsy's graphics are very good. Large and detailed sprites, very lively animations, get punctuated by comical actions here and there by both Bubsy and his enemies. Starting with the first level, you'd immediately notice how good the graphics are. Bubsy moves with life-like grace as his enemies move with comical jerkiness. By all means this game is not perfect in graphics. There are sometimes slow downs, and when the action gets a little bit too fast, you could lose track of where you are going and drop to a painful death in between gaps.

Sound: 8/10

One of the earliest games on the Super Nintendo to actually have some success at voice-overs. Bubsy's speech had always been clear and understandable. His voice actually gives him personality and a sense of cuteness rather than a bland babble-fest. The music is pretty good although not memorable.

Gameplay/Fun Factor 8.5/10

As I stated before, Bubsy takes a little bit of mario and a little bit of Sonic. The Mario part is the basic hop-and-bop take at adventure gaming. The Sonic part is the level design and multiple loops and tubes. There's also a sense of Sonic in the game for its collection of coins. But then again, Mario had coin-collection too. But when it all comes down to the end, many games copy from one another, but Bubsy is successful at it while many others failed... The levels are huge to explore, there are many hidden secrets abound in each level. If you manage to collect all the hidden bonuses, you'd find yourself with a lot of life to spare at the end of the game...

Overall Score: 7.5/10

This game got half a point knocked off for the lack of overall creativity. Hop and bop as well as speed-charging had been overdone many times since the Mario World era. However successful this game is at mixing up its formulas, I couldn't help but to think that maybe Mario should've sued Bubsy... But hey, a good game is a good game.

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