Bubba 'n' Stix

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Bubba 'n' Stix
Bubba 'n' Stix.jpg
Amiga CD32 version cover art
Developer(s) Core Design
Publisher(s) Tengen
Designer(s) Simon Phipps
Platform(s) Mega Drive/Genesis
Amiga CD32
Release 1994
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single player

Bubba 'n' Stix is a 2-D side-scrolling platform game for the Mega Drive/Genesis, Amiga and Amiga CD32 developed and released by Core Design. The Genesis version was released by Tengen in the United States and featured a promotional tie-in with the Bubblicious bubble gum brand.

The player controls Bubba, a redneck character, who is accompanied by a sentient stick named Stix. Stix can be used in various ways to help Bubba defeat enemies and get past obstacles: for instance, Stix can be thrust into a hole in the side of a platform so that Bubba can climb higher.


According to designer Simon Phipps, originally Core Design had wanted a "moody, dark and atmospheric" game featuring an adventurer wielding a multipurpose stick. It became apparent to him that a realistic approach to the design was not feasible. As a result, Phipps, along with collaborator Billy Allison, sketched out a large number of mostly outlandish uses for the game's central tool. After reviewing the drawings, Core subsequently gave the go-ahead to develop the game.[1]

The game's protagonist started out as a green long-necked alien and went through several iterations until the developers settled on Bubba.[1]


The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the Genesis version a 6.75 out of 10, particularly praising the originality of the gameplay concept and the highly challenging puzzles.[2] GamePro likewise praised the game's originality and "thought-provoking challenges", and commented that "The seemingly unlimited possibilities for Stix and the easy controls that send him winging into action give this brain-twisting game an enchanting dimension other puzzlers lack."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Bubba 'n' Stix Videogame Design". simonphipps.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Review Crew: Bubba 'N' Stix". Electronic Gaming Monthly (59). EGM Media, LLC. June 1994. p. 34. 
  3. ^ "ProReview: Bubba 'N' Stix". GamePro (60). IDG. July 1994. p. 58. 

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