Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters
|Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters|
PAL Cover featuring Taz and Bugs Bunny
|Developer(s)||Artificial Mind and Movement|
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Two player cooperative (PlayStation)|
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.
In the Aztec Era, Daffy is pursued by Aztec King Yosemite Sam, after stealing some of his gold. Bugs and Taz collect the gears and characters across the Era. In the Baboon Realm, the two defeat Gruesome Gorilla before advancing to Sam's temple. When they reach Sam's quarters within the temple, Sam has tied up Daffy to make a sacrificial killing to please the Aztecs' Sun God. Daffy tricks Sam into letting him go to get Bugs and Taz as a "two for one" sacrifice, but Daffy flees the room. After chasing Daffy through his temple, Sam battles and is defeated by Bugs and Taz. However, Daffy escapes with the Time Gem to the Viking Era before Bugs and Taz can retrieve the Time Gem.
In the Viking Era, Daffy tries to steal the golden hammer of Thor from Elmer Von Fuddinson (Elmer Fudd), lord of the Vikings, but is struck by lightning by Elmer. In the Viking village, Bugs and Taz beat local Vikings in a race down a snowy path, and defeat Gas House by sending him in a frozen block of ice into the ocean. Bugs and Taz make their way through Elmer's domain and Daffy attempts to keep them away from "his" hammer, only to be zapped once again by lightning from Elmer. Bugs and Taz proceed, and defeat Elmer by knocking him off a cliff presumably to his death, but once again, Daffy escapes with the Time Gem to another time in history.
In the Arabian Era, Daffy once again tries to make off with a ruler's treasure, this time Babba Chop, the hulking leader of the Arabians. While he's chased away by an attacking Babba, Bugs and Taz once again collect all the gears and characters across the Arabian city. They help retrieve a stolen lamp from a thief, return three pearls to a monument in the royal gardens, and even take baladi lessons from a woman in town. After returning the genies of earth, wind, fire and water to their lamps, Bugs and Taz go to find Babba still in hot pursuit of Daffy. Just like in the Aztec and Viking eras, Daffy escapes once more to a new era after Bugs and Taz defeat Babba by throwing him into large gongs four times.
In the final era, the Transylvanian era, Daffy is confronted by the bloodthirsty vampire Count Bloodcount, who is ready to devour and suck Daffy's blood. Daffy seeks shelter in the Count's science lab, and drinks a potion that transforms him into a larger, more monstrous and green monster. In the Ghost Town, Bugs and Taz switch brains with three local monsters, gaining control of the monsters' more powerful and stronger bodies, and collect more gears previously unavailable. The two take a ride down a haunted river (their most perilous "ride" in the game), and come onto ZooVania, the Count's personal zoo of creatures that transform from peaceful, normal animals by day into horrifying, demonic monsters by night. After escaping ZooVania, the two proceed through the Count's castle, and arrive at his quarters. While trying to get in, Bugs and Taz are taken by the monster Daffy to Count Bloodcount, but when Daffy reverts to his original form, the Count decides to eat them all. Daffy flees trough the open door and Bugs and Taz manage to defeat the Count and finally do get the Time Gem, leaving Daffy behind to the Count when he runs in and as they return to Granny. There are two endings to the story from this point:
If Bugs and Taz have beaten the Count but have not collected all the gears in the game already, Granny offers the two a chance to go back to the game to recover the gears. If the player refuses politely and ends the game, Granny says that the Time Regulator is stable enough to last as it is, and when she asks what happened to Daffy, Bugs and Taz shrug. Back at Count's Castle, Daffy finds himself at the mercy of a hungry Count Bloodcount.
If Bugs and Taz either go back and find the last gears, or have already collected them all upon beating Count Bloodcount, then Granny restores the Time Regulator to its perfect state by put the last gear to its place or let Taz put the Time Gem above the Time Regulator. Daffy is about to be killed by Count Bloodcount, but finds himself transported back to Granny's house, where the Time Regulator sends fireworks to shut the gates to the different time eras for good. Daffy tries to confront Bugs, Taz and Granny, but he has been shrunken to an insect-sized duck. Bugs sprays Daffy with his own pest spray as he notes that Granny should check before hiring her next exterminator.
Granny and the Time Regulator are situated here; all 4 time era portals are situated here as well. Each portal has a special door representing each time era. Granwich is a parody of Greenwich and thus Greenwich Mean Time.
In the ancient world of the Aztecs, search the temples, play funny games like "pelota" (ball) or "catch the monkeys" and meet the first era boss- the mighty Yosemite Sam!
Visit the Viking Village and solve puzzles like "village statues" or play short games like "ring-and-roll" until you open the boss's lair and there....meet the terrible Viking boss, Elmer Fudd!
Enter the magical world of the Arabian era. Rescue genies, avoid snakes, and....dance! Yes, dance! Prepare to face the mighty guardian of the thieves' treasure: Babba Chop! Be careful.......because Babba chops!
This is your very last destination. Visit the spooky world of Count Bloodcount, lord of the Transylvanian era. Play rugby with huge monsters, visit Zoovania, and even swap bodies to complete a crazy mission in the frightening Transylvanian village. Beat the Count and get the Time Gem back for Granny!
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 is here as Granny's sidekick/apprentice/"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 acts as 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 is another of Granny's pets. He acts as a messenger when Granny wants to talk to Bugs and Taz. When they see him, they must get close to him and simply press the "action" button. Tweety will then put them in contact with Granny.
Daffy Duck 
The primary antagonist of 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.
Boss Characters 
- 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?"
- Babba 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!
Eras and bosses 
- Aztec- Yosemite Sam/Gruesome Gorilla
- Viking- Elmer Fudd/Gas-House
- Arabian Nights- Babba Chop
- Transylvania- Count Bloodcount
- Aztec: Golden City; Catch the monkey, Baboon Realm; Sacred Ride; Sam's Temple.
- Viking: Shore Village; Moon Valley; Shield Race; Elmer's Domain.
- Arabian: Sunset Alleys; Royal Gardens; Carpet Chase; Babba's Cave.
- Transylvania: Ghost Town; Zoovania; Haunted River; Count's Castle.
- Billy West - Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd
- Joe Alaskey - Daffy Duck, Tweety, Gruesome Gorilla, Gashouse Gorillas, Count Bloodcount
- Jim Cummings - Taz
- June Foray - Granny
- Maurice LaMarche - Yosemite Sam
- Kath Soucie - Baladi Dancer
References to other Looney Tunes media 
- The Sacred Dragon is the same one that Yosemite Sam rides in Knighty Knight Bugs. Similar dragons are also seen in the game's predecessor, Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time.
- The mouse that appears in the intro and later in the Saving the Druid challenge in Shore Village resembles one of Hubie and Bertie. It also appeared in Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time.
- Shore Village seems to be based on the village seen in Prince Varmint. Also, the elephant in the Saving the Druid challenge is from that short.
- Moon Valley's boss, Gas-House, is a reference to the Gas-House Gorillas in Baseball Bugs.
- Elmer Fudd uses his Viking gimmick from What's Opera, Doc? and the level Elmer's Domain partially based on that short.
- The level Babba's Cave is based on Ali Baba Bunny and the boss, Babba Chop, is almost identical to Hassan, besides a few appearance differences. All of the lines Daffy says when he arrives in Babba's Cave (with the exceptions of asking Babba for directions to the exit and taking his quote of directive as a "no") are taken from the short. Also, the design of the elemental genies is based on the one from that short.
- Caliph Hassen Pheffer from A-Lad-In His Lamp appears as the host of the spinning plates challenge. A similar character appears in the Carpet Chase level.
- While hiding in Count's Castle from Count Bloodcount, Daffy comes across a laboratory and drinks a green liquid from a beaker. He then transforms into a monstrous green version of himself. This is the very same thing that happened to Bugs in Hyde and Hare and Tweety in Hyde and Go Tweet.
- The three monsters in Ghost Town are based on Bang from the Monstars team in Space Jam. They have the same build, face and spots, and also wear shorts and sports shoes.
- The entrance to Zoovania looks like the one in A Day at the Zoo. The manual refers to it as "Dr. Jeckyle's zoo", which may suggest that the animals transforming into monstrous versions of themselves at night is another reference to Hyde and Hare. However, Dr Jeckyle does not make an appearance or is mentioned in the game.
- Count's Castle is based on Transylvania 6-5000 (One of Bloodcount's lines from that short, "Now I crush you!", is also incorporated into the first stage of his boss battle).
The game received generally favorable reviews and has a Metacritic score of 72 based on five reviews. 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."
A Nintendo 64 version of the game had been planned, but was canceled.
- "IGN profile for Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters". Retrieved 2009-05-28.
- "Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters Critic Reviews for PlayStation at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- Provo, Frank (8 January 2001). "Bugs & Taz: Time Busters Review - GameSpot.com". GameSpot. Retrieved 25 April 2012.