|Release date(s)||Sega Saturn
NA May 11, 1995
JP December 8, 1995
PAL September 15, 1995
NA August 31, 1996
Bug! is a 3D rendered platform/adventure video game developed by Realtime Associates for the Sega Saturn. Released in 1995 in North America, Japan and Europe, it was one of the earliest 3D platform games. It was later ported to Windows 3.x and Windows 95 on August 31, 1996 by Beam Software, on one CD that contains both versions of the game.
The background plot centers around the title character, Bug, a famous Hollywood star hoping to make his "biggest break" ever. Players take control shortly after Bug has signed up a deal for the lead role in an action film in which his girlfriend is kidnapped by Queen Cadavra and must set out to rescue her. The gameplay takes place "on the set" of each scene and cutscenes between levels indicate Bug moving over from one set to the next.
Bug! was played like a traditional side-scrolling adventure game. In the same fashion as Sonic the Hedgehog (in one level Bug must race against Sonic), Bug must jump and stomp on the heads of his enemies to defeat them while making his way through large levels and collecting power-ups. What sets Bug! apart is the game's 3D levels, which take the side-view and tweak it. Bug can walk sidewise up vertical surfaces and even upside down. Each set of levels (ranging from a bright, green grassy area to a deep red, desert level) has a deeply individual look and feel.
Bug! released to strong critical acclaim from Game Informer magazine, which awarded it an "excellent" score of 9/10. It also received a 9/10 from Electric Playground and an 8/10 from Electronic Gaming Monthly. By contrast, GameSpot gave the PC version a 6/10, calling it "visually stunning" and praising the "quick and responsive" gameplay, but concluding that it "fails to explore any new territory...in a tired genre."
- Ultimate Review Archive." Game Informer. Issue 100. August, 2001. Page 59. Original review published September, 1995.
- "Bug!" Game Rankings. Accessed October 19, 2011. http://www.gamerankings.com/saturn/573934-bug/index.html
- Varner, Jim. "Bug! Review." GameSpot. Aug 29, 1996. http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/bug/review.html