Fur Fighters

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Fur Fighters
Fur Fighters Coverart.png
North American Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s) Bizarre Creations
Publisher(s) Acclaim
Platform(s) Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, iPad[1]
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Fur Fighters is a video game developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Acclaim for the Dreamcast in 2000, then later for Microsoft Windows.

The game was designed very much as a standard third-person shooter, but used a world populated by cute little animals as its setting. As a result, the game's depiction of violence is very cartoon-like without losing any of its intensity.

In 2001, an updated version for the PlayStation 2 was released as Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge.[2]

On July 20, 2012, members of Muffin Games, ex-Bizarre Creations staff, announced a conversion for iPad, called Fur Fighters: Viggo on Glass.[3]

Gameplay summary[edit]

In Fur Fighters, the player's job is to rescue the tiny animal babies who have been taken from their parents (in one case, it's the little brother) by the central villain, General Viggo. Viggo has scattered these babies all over the world, requiring the fathers (again, in one case it's the little brother, in another, it's the mother) to explore, confront Viggo's henchmen, and rescue all of them. The gameplay featured many unique aspects for a third-person shooter of the time it was released, most notably making each level an extremely large, expansive area that requires sometimes hours of involved exploration to locate the babies and get rid of the enemies. (Examples include a giant construction site and an entire section of a large city, complete with buildings to explore, including a complete museum of modern art.) Maneuvering through these levels often requires careful observation of the environment so as not to get lost, as well as solving puzzles to figure out where some babies might be hidden or how to gain access to more of the level. Unlike most action games of this type, Fur Fighters distinguishes itself by featuring a system where the player can, at many intervals on a level, switch between one of many animal parents. Each parent has their own advantages and disadvantages, with many having special abilities allowing them to do certain things easier. This substitute system also makes it easier for players who are low on hit points or ammunition to switch to a more suitable character.

Voice cast[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Roofus

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Roofus is the natural born leader of the Fur Fighters. He is also the only member who can dig holes in the ground. After defeating Viggo years ago he gave it all up to settle down with his wife, Winnie and their children, until Viggo returned and kidnapped them. Roofus decided to battle for one last time to save them and get rid of Viggo once and for all.

  • Chang

Born in Hong Kong, China, Chang is the smallest of the Fur Fighters and therefore is the only member who can get into small places. Chang is probably the most useful of the group as he has a scientific mind, is quick witted and is brilliant with weapons. His mission is to save his wife, Mai and children.

  • Juliette

Born in Paris, France, Juliette is the only Fur Fighter who can climb up and down walls; she is also the only female in the group. Juliette is very athletic and can be very short-tempered and stubborn. She prefers to fight alone, but if persuaded she will stay with the group. Her mission is to save her husband, Claude and children.

  • Bungalow

Born in Alice Springs, Australia, Bungalow is the only Fur Fighter who can jump high and far. Best friend of Roofus, Bungalow is rather slow and dim-witted; he does not realise his own strength or ability. He seems to be very happy to take orders from the other members. His mission is to save his wife, Esmerelda, and children.

  • Rico

Born in Argentina, Rico is the only member of the Fur Fighters who can swim underwater. Rico is not the most serious or fully focused member as he seems to think himself as a hero. He is also overconfident about his fighting skills and is a total daydreamer. His mission is to save his wife, Juanita, and children.

  • Tweek

Born in Fur Fighter Village (presumably, as he is only a day old), Tweek is the youngest member of the Fur Fighters. He is also the only member who can glide. Tweek was born bigger and a different color than the rest of his siblings. His family was taken by Viggo, and Tweek was taken in by the other members who taught him how to use weapons, allowing him to help in the war against Viggo. His mission is to save his mother, Gwyneth, and his brothers and sisters.

General Viggo

He is responsible for kidnapping the Fur Fighters' families and trying to take over the world. Viggo is pure evil, yet well spoken. He leads his army of stupid bears against the Fur Fighters and he is also surprisingly strong.

Fifi

He is General Viggo's pet. A horrible little bald man and the only human in the game.

General Bristol

Bristol is a walrus ghost that helps guide and advise the Fur Fighters during their mission against Viggo.

Sergeant Sternhouser

Sternhouser is the personal fitness trainer antelope of the Fur Fighters who loves dancing and gives them better weapons.

Fur Fighter Bosses[edit]

These bosses are the Fur Fighters' families who need rescuing from different parts of the world.

Gwynth

Tweek's mother and the real sixth member of the Fur Fighters—that is, before she was kidnapped and mutated by Viggo. She is now a metal dragon who soars the skies of New Quack City.

Juanita

Rico's wife. Ordinarily she keeps Rico in line when he says something... "inappropriate". She is now a giant penguin who contaminates the waters of Beaver Power.

Claude

Juliette's husband who is easily amused and a talented artist. He has become a gigantic creature in a space suit, who is destroying the main satellite of Cape Canardo.

Esmerelda

Bungalow's domineering wife. She has a habit of hitting Bungalow on the head with a saucepan. She is now a 200-foot (61 m)-tall monster who keeps the lava nice and warm in the swimming pool at Dinotopolis.

Mai

Chang's wife. She is also small in stature, and is also a Firefox. She has become a quick and agile force to be reckoned with in the form of a slithery silver fox, and resides in the distant temple of Anatat Tatanatat, aka City of Fear.

Winnie

Wife of Roofus who was kidnapped and thrown into a portal by Viggo. She is now an enormous and powerful force to be reckoned with in the form of a large, malevolent dog, and resides in the distant temple of Anatat Tatanatat, aka City of Fear.

Locations[edit]

Level Description
Fur Fighter Village This is the home world of the Fur Fighters.
Undermill A tutorial level explaining game mechanics, set in the village mill.
New Quack City This world is loosely based on New York City.
World Quack Center The interior of a skyscraper based on the World Trade Center.
Lower East Quack The mean streets of the city, which is under siege by thugs. This is based on the lower east side of New York City.
Quackenheim Museum A huge museum of modern art, full of wonderful pieces of artwork. Based on the Guggenheim Museum.
Saving Gwyneth The world boss for New Quack City.
Beaver Power This world is a large power plant and dam run by a team of beaver construction workers.
Furry Forest A secluded forest. This level is exclusive to the PS2 version. It was originally going to be in the Dreamcast version, but was cut out.
Compound Factions An area where the construction equipment is kept and organized.
God Machine Valley A huge valley of gigantic machines with various purposes.
Beaver Dam The interior of the dam itself.
Saving Juanita The world boss for Beaver Power.
Cape Canardo This world is based around the NASA & Russian space programs.
VAB Building A building where a shuttle is loaded and prepared for launch. VAB stands for 'Vehicle Assembly Building'.
VLF Facility A facility where astronauts dock and then lift off in a shuttle. VLF stands for 'Vehicle Launch Facility'.
Space Station Meer An orbiting space station, with low gravity and bio domes. loosely based on the Russian space station Mir
Saving Claude The world boss for Cape Canardo.
Dinotopolis This world is deep underground and based on a Utopian 1920's society, inhabited by dinosaurs.
Dinos Downstairs Consists of the living room and kitchen of a dinosaur household.
Dinos Upstairs Consists of the bathroom and bedrooms of a dinosaur household.
The Rumpus Room The rest of the dinosaur home, including the game room and the garage.
Saving Esmerelda The world boss for Dinotopolis.
Anatat Tatanatat A jungle world based on Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Jungle of Despair A rough undiscovered land filled with temples and tribes.
Temple of Gloom A large temple rigged with many traps and a large maze.
The Bad Place The underworld filled to the brim with the undead enemies that were killed in prior levels. A door here leads to a mysterious hotel.
Saving Winnie and Mai The world boss for Anatat Tatanatat.
Viggo A Go-Go The final confrontation with General Viggo. Based on Ken Adam era James Bond films.
H.M.S. Viggolina Viggo's aircraft carrier, complete with a fleet of fighter jets.
The V-100 Viggo's submarine, with the capacity to launch missiles.
Secret Island A Spy film-esque HQ, with traps and deadly agents.
The General's Lair Final Boss.

Weapons[edit]

Weapon Description
Close range attack A melee attack, different for each character.
Pistol a standard hand gun, the first weapon players are given in the game.
Sub Machine Gun Pistol upgrade with slightly higher fire rate.
Heavy Machine Gun The final upgrade to the pistol, with a much faster fire rate.
Shotgun More powerful than the pistol, but only effective up close.
Auto Shotgun Shotgun upgrade, higher fire rate.
Bomb Launcher Launches a timed grenade.
Cluster Bomber Bomb Launcher upgrade, fires three grenades at once.
Rocket Launcher Launches a powerful rocket.
Seeker Launcher Rockets lock onto a nearby enemy.
Plasma Blaster Fires balls of plasma which vaporize enemies.
Plasma Beamer An upgrade to the plasma blaster, fires a constant ray of plasma.
Tazer (PS2 Exclusive) The plasma blaster's final upgrade. Similar to the Plasma Beamer, but with added power.
Neutron Gun Delivers an all-consuming blast which kills all enemies within range.
Freeze Gun An icy shot which freezes an enemy, upon impact with another weapon, the ice will shatter and kill the enemy.
Flame Gun Shoots a fire ball to incinerate the enemy.
Flamethrower (PS2 Exclusive) The final upgrade to the Freeze Gun. Shoots flames at a more constant rate.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (DC) 79.47%[4]
(iOS) 77.50%[5]
(PS2) 70.44%[6]
(PC) 70.40%[7]
Metacritic (DC) 80/100[8]
(PC) 74/100[9]
(iOS) 69/100[10]
(PS2) 64/100[11]
Review scores
Publication Score
Allgame 3/5 stars[12]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (DC) 7.5/10[13]
(PS2) 6/10[14]
Eurogamer 7/10[15]
GameFan 87%[16]
Game Informer (DC) 7.75/10[17]
(PS2) 6.5/10[18]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[19]
Game Revolution C[20]
GameSpot (PS2) 7.3/10[21]
(DC) 7/10[22]
(PC) 6.1/10[23]
GameSpy (PS2) 88%[24]
(DC) 8.5/10[25]
GameZone 8/10[26]
IGN 8.3/10[27][28]
(PS2) 4.5/10[29]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3/5 stars[30]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[31]

The entire Fur Fighters series was met with positive to mixed reviews. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 79.47% and 80 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version;[4][8] 70.40% and 74 out of 100 for the PC version;[7][9] 70.44% and 64 out of 100 for Viggo's Revenge;[6][11] and 77.50% and 69 out of 100 for Viggo on Glass.[5][10]

While the game was not a tremendous financial success and went almost unnoticed by the majority of gamers at the time, critically the game was almost universally praised for its size, scope, sense of humour, and attention to detail. The fact that mindless violence was not the sole gameplay element impressed many, and the game went on to become a cult classic of sorts. In an attempt to take the series further with a larger audience, a new version of the game entitled Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge was released in 2001 on the PlayStation 2. It met with mixed success as it was simply an update of the original game with a few minor features included (such as cel-shading and real voices for the characters).

References[edit]

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