Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back

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Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back
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Developer(s) Black Forest Games
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Jean-Marc Haessig
Producer(s) Christian Kruger
Dennis Schiefer
Designer(s) Rolf Beismann
Stefan Schmitz
Artist(s) Stefan Schmitz
Composer(s) Chris Huelsbeck
Fabian Del Priore
Series Bubsy
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
Release
  • WW: October 31, 2017
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player

Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is a platform video game developed by Black Forest Games.[1] The game was released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 on October 31, 2017. The game is the fifth entry in the Bubsy series, and the first new entry in 21 years.[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

The game returns to the 2D side-scrolling platformer gameplay found in the first Bubsy games, Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, Bubsy 2 and Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales,[4] albeit now with 3D character models, a first for the side-scrolling entries in the series.[5]

Story[edit]

The game sees Bubsy going against the "Woolies", the antagonistic race of creatures from the first Bubsy game.[6]

Development[edit]

The game was first announced on June 8, 2017, as a brand new game in the Bubsy series of video games.[7] The entry is the first one in the series in 21 years, following 1996's Bubsy 3D.[8] The game was announced as the first of many game franchise revivals of Accolade games (which, along with Bubsy, is a brand name now operated by Hong Kong company Billionsoft[9]), including potential revivals of HardBall!, Slave Zero, Deadlock: Planetary Conquest, Eradicator, and Redline.[3] The game was published by Tommo's subsidiary UFO Interactive Games, and developed by Black Forest Games, who previously worked on reviving the dormant Giana Sisters series with Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.[10] Like Twisted Dreams, the game was developed using the Havok physics engine.[11]

In August 2017, a limited edition, called the Purrfect Edition, was announced for the PlayStation 4 release, which contains a physical copy of the game, a soundtrack CD, a copy of Bubsy's official "business card", and a "Mystery Bubsy Movie Poster postcard".[12]

The game announcement was generally not well received by video game journalists, whose reactions ranged from indifference to irritation.[13][14][15] Accolade seemed to expect this, taking an approach similar to Sega with promoting Sonic the Hedgehog on social media; a dedicated Twitter account for the character that makes self-deprecating and aware comments about the franchise's negative reception of some past titles was created.[13]

Reception[edit]

The game was met with a negative reception, with review aggregator Metacritic giving the PC version a weighted average score of 44 out of a possible 100[16] and the PS4 version a score of 45 out of 100,[17] indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Brian Shea of Game Informer panned the game, calling it "an unnecessary resuscitation".[18] Patrick Hancock of Destructoid questioned why the character of Bubsy was brought back and made note of its release in the same year as other more well received platformers.[19] Heidi Kemps of IGN dismissed the game as "an extremely short and completely forgettable platformer based on nothing but irony and nostalgic notoriety".[20] Christian Donlan of Eurogamer wrote "Bubsy's return is more than a little underwhelming".[21] Conversely, Hardcore Gamer gave the game 3.5 out of 5.[22]

The game was a runner-up for the "Worst Game (That We Played)" award at Giant Bomb's Game of the Year 2017 Awards.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Accolade returns with new Bubsy game". MCV. NewBay Media. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Accolade brand returns with a new Bubsy game". 
  3. ^ a b O'Connor, Alice (9 June 2017). "What could possibly go wrong? New Bubsy announced". 
  4. ^ "Bubsy is returning from mascot platformer hell to torment us all". 8 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Nostalgia mining reaches perilous low with the return of Bubsy The Cat". 8 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Accolade returns, announces Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back for PS4, PC - Gematsu". 8 June 2017. 
  7. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (8 June 2017). "Bubsy returns in his first game in 21 years". 
  8. ^ "Bubsy Makes His Return To Videogames For The First Time In 21 Years". 9 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Billionsoft". Billionsoft. 
  10. ^ Campbell, Evan (8 June 2017). "Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back Announced". 
  11. ^ "Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back Announced". 9 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bubsy announces October 31st release date for regular and limited edition version". Official Accolade Game website. 22 August 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Bubsy's back, and even Sonic is being mean about it". 
  14. ^ McWhertor, Michael (8 June 2017). "Bubsy ... they're making another one of those". Polygon. 
  15. ^ Metro.co.uk, GameCentral for (9 June 2017). "Bubsy The Bobcat is back, but not even Sonic The Hedgehog knows why". 
  16. ^ "Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back - PC". 
  17. ^ "Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back - PS4". 
  18. ^ Shea, Brian (1 November 2017). "Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back". gameinformer.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  19. ^ Hancock, Patrick (2 November 2017). "Review: Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back". destructoid.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  20. ^ Kemps, Heidi (3 November 2017). "BUBSY: THE WOOLIES STRIKE BACK REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  21. ^ Donlan, Christian (3 November 2017). "Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "Review: Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back - Hardcore Gamer". www.hardcoregamer.com. 
  23. ^ Giant Bomb staff (29 December 2017). "Game of the Year 2017 Day Five: Best, Worst, Cast, and Capture". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 29 December 2017. 

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