Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters

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Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters
Bugs and Taz Time Busters Game Cover.jpg
PAL Cover featuring Taz and Bugs Bunny
Developer(s) Artificial Mind and Movement
Publisher(s) Infogrames
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation
PC
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • NA November 24, 2000
  • EU November 24, 2000
Microsoft Windows
  • NA September, 2000
  • EU December 8, 2000
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single Player, Two player cooperative (PlayStation)[1]
Distribution CD-ROM

Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters is the second Looney Tunes video game for the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Windows and is an indirect sequel to Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time. It also came on a Twin Pack CD bundled with Wacky Races in 2003.[2]

Plot[edit]

While on duty as the top pest controller for "Jet Age Pest Control," Daffy Duck accidentally breaks Granny's Time Regulator and is thrown back in time with the core of this machine, a precious Time Gem. The time regulator goes haywire, hurtling various residents of different eras in time across time and space, and the gears that help the regulator function are scattered as well. Bugs Bunny arrives at Granny's house, and is tasked with finding the Time Gem, the gears, the lost characters, and Daffy with Granny's pet Taz.

Gameplay[edit]

The object of the game is to collect all the gears scattered around the levels and progress through all five different eras. The gameplay plays much the same as Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time, retaining Bugs' traits, but introducing new ones to Taz, as well as a co-op mode where one player can control Bugs, with the other controlling Taz; alternatively, the game can be played single-player, with the player having to switch between controlling Bugs and Taz throughout the game. Both characters need to be used to make use of their unique abilities to make areas accessible and defeat certain enemies.

All Eras are accessed from the central hub level Granwich. Once an era has been completed of its levels, a boss must be confronted and defeated in order to unlock the next era. After the last era is completed, the player is given two different endings based on if all gears were collected. If not all gears are collected the player has a chance to continue to get the good ending, otherwise stick with the goofy ending.

Characters[edit]

Protagonists[edit]

  • Bugs Bunny - Everyone's favorite protagonist cartoon character is back and he is Lost in Time....again! Now, he must help fix Granny's Time Regulator. Bugs is wise, agile, and can perform a wide array of moves but he is not so much strong like Taz. Use him for the missions that require precise or sneaky control.
  • Taz - Granny's pet. Granny has sent him to help Bugs in his quest. Of course, he doesn't totally sympathize with Bugs (he really loves rabbit...for dinner!). Some of Taz's wild characteristics will be useful for tasks such as picking up and pushing really heavy objects or using his tornado spin to break through stuff. Unfortunately, he is too unpredictable to accomplish missions that require stealth and delicacy. Use him for missions that requires strength or spinning actions.
  • Granny - The guide and mentor in the adventure. In addition to teaching special moves, she reveals information and hints to guide you in the quest via the magic mirror. Because she must keep an eye on the Time Regulator, she can't directly participate in the adventure. Her title is "Granny Time," a parody of Father Time.
  • Tweety - Another of Granny's pets. He acts as a messenger when Granny wants to talk to Bugs and Taz.
  • Daffy Duck - The greedy time traveller in the game. Aware that he can now travel through time using the Time Gem and become rich with all those treasures, he will roam the different eras to get as much as he can. Sometimes, he will also beg Bugs to save him from big enemies chasing him. For the majority of the time, Daffy is more of an annoyance than a real enemy. Bugs and Taz must get their hands on the precious Time Gem before Daffy causes any more trouble.

Antagonists[edit]

  • Gruesome Gorilla: The gorilla who rules the Baboon Realm of the Aztec Era. He's not terribly friendly and enjoys throwing things, especially at other people.
  • Yosemite Sam: An Aztec king with a bad temper. Upon the heroes arrival to his temple, his temper flares when Daffy tricks him and escapes.
  • Gas-House: A goon who battles Bugs and Taz on his Viking ship at the Moon Valley.
  • Elmer Fudd: A Viking of high political stance. Elmer's costume is a reference to "What's Opera, Doc?"
  • Hassan Chop: An Arabian (Guardian of the Thieves Treasure) who will chop anything in his path!
  • Count Bloodcount: A seemingly friendly vampire with a desire for blood. Beat him and recover the Time Gem!

Voice Cast[edit]

References to other Looney Tunes media[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS) 74.95%[3]
(PC) 70%[4]
Metacritic (PS) 72/100[5]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame (PS) 3.5/5 stars[6]
(PC) 3/5 stars[7]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.67/10[8]
Game Informer 8.5/10[9]
GameSpot 7.5/10[10]
GameZone 8/10[11]
IGN (PS) 7.9/10[12]
(PC) 6.8/10[13]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3/5 stars[14]
PC Zone 67%[15]

The game was met with average reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 74.95% and 72 out of 100 for the PlayStation version,[3][5] and 70% for the PC version.[4] Frank Provo, writing for GameSpot, gave the game a score of 7.5/10, writing that "it does an excellent job of capturing the humor and personality that the Looney Tunes franchise embodies."[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters - PlayStation". IGN. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters / Wacky Races for Playstation (2002)". MobyGames. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Thompson, Jon. "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters (PS) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Jones, Carolyn. "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters (PC) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  8. ^ EGM Staff (April 2001). "Bugs and Taz in Time Busters [sic] (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Archived from the original on 21 April 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Reiner, Andrew (February 2001). "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters (PS)". Game Informer (94). Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Provo, Frank (8 January 2001). "Bugs & Taz: Time Busters Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Courtney, Rita (2 March 2001). "Bugs Bunny & Taz Time Busters Review on PC". GameZone. Archived from the original on 16 February 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Zdyrko, David (20 December 2000). "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters (PS)". IGN. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Lopez, Vincent (1 March 2001). "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Steinman, Gary (February 2001). "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters (PS)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Shoemaker, Richie (2000). "PC Review: Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters". PC Zone. Archived from the original on 5 June 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

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