Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters
|Bugs Bunny & Taz: Time Busters|
PAL Cover featuring Taz and Bugs Bunny
|Developer(s)||Artificial Mind and Movement|
|Distributor(s)||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Two player cooperative (PlayStation)|
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.
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.
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 all gears are not collected, the player can choose to continue playing to collect the remaining gears.
- Bugs Bunny - A rascally rabbit and the main protagonist of the game. He must help fix Granny's Time Regulator. Bugs can perform a wide array of moves.
- Taz - Granny's pet. Granny has sent him to help Bugs in his quest. He can use his tornado spin to break through stuff.
- Granny - The guide and mentor in the adventure. In addition to teaching special moves, she reveals information and hints 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.
- 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 and guardian of the thieves' treasure. He will chop anything in his path.
- Count Bloodcount: A seemingly friendly vampire with a desire for blood.
- 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
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, and 70% for the PC version. 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."
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