Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise

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Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise
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Cover art
Developer(s) Humongous Entertainment
Publisher(s) Humongous Entertainment
Designer(s)
Writer(s)
  • Laurie Bauman
  • Annie Fox
Composer(s) Tom McMail
Engine SCUMM
Platform(s) DOS, Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android
Release
  • 1993 (MS-DOS, Mac)[1]
  • 1993 (3DO)
  • 1995 (Win, Mac, DOS)
  • Oct. 23, 2014 (Linux)
  • Oct. 23, 2014 (Steam)
  • 2014 (iOS/Google Play)
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise is a 1993 adventure video game developed by Humongous Entertainment. It is the second game by Humongous Entertainment, the first being Putt-Putt Joins the Parade. It is also the first and only of the Fatty Bear point-and-click games, although the character was also used in the mini-game compilations Fatty Bear's Fun Pack and the crossover spinoff Putt-Putt & Fatty Bear's Activity Pack. In July 2013, Tommo bought the Fatty Bear license for the Atari bankruptcy proceedings.

Plot[edit]

In this game, a girl named Kayla is having her birthday tomorrow and it's time for her to go to bed. While she sleeps, her toys and stuffed animals come to life to prepare for her party. Fatty Bear searches through the house looking for ingredients with which to bake a cake. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as Fatty Bear thought - he had planned on baking the cake, but in the kitchen was a mysterious package. When he curiously inspects it, a small brown puppy pops out of it and promptly runs away, tearing the ribbon on the box.

After that, Fatty Bear helps a doll named Gretchen set up for Kayla's party by finding the letters for a "Happy Birthday" sign and blowing balloons in her bedroom. In the kitchen, the ingredients he found are used to bake a cake with the assistance of Matilda Rabbit. Then, using a bone and a ribbon he found, he lures the puppy back into her present box and ties it up. Finally, Fatty Bear jumps into Kayla's bed, going back to stuffed animal form before she wakes up. The next morning, Kayla awakens and announces that her room is beautiful. Her father comes to wish her a happy birthday and deliver her surprise, which turns out to be the puppy that rushes into the room and leaps onto her bed. Kayla thanks Fatty Bear for the best birthday she's ever had, giving him a big hug. Fatty Bear winks at the player and the credits roll.

Characters[edit]

  • Fatty Bear - A teddy bear that belongs to a young girl named Kayla. Fatty is Kayla's favorite toy. He is a plain brown bear with black button eyes, wearing a red pair of overalls with a single strap broken partly on the right-side and plain light colored shoes. Fatty Bear is voiced by Scott Burns[2], who was the English-language voice of Bowser in Mario games released from 2002 to 2010.
  • Kayla - A young African American girl and the owner of Fatty Bear, who is about to celebrate her birthday.
  • Matilda Rabbit - A stuffed rabbit that can fly using her ears. She assists Fatty Bear on making Kayla's birthday cake.
  • Gretchen - A doll who sets up the birthday decorations in Kayla's bedroom.
  • Puppy - An unnamed, apparently female puppy who is supposed to be Kayla's birthday present, but escapes from her package.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM7.2/10 (3DO)[3]
MacUser4.5/5 stars[4]
Awards
PublicationAward
Compute!Best Educational Program[5]
PC HomeBest Educational Program[5]
MacUser4 ½ Mouse Award[5]

Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the 3DO version a 7.2 out of 10, saying that it is very similar to the Putt-Putt games, but that, given the choice between the two games, gamers should get one of the Putt-Putt games instead.[3] Computer Gaming World approved of the "delightful" PC version's interactivity and lack of need to complete the game, describing it as "a wonderful introduction to the computer for beginning users and a delightful game for more experienced youngsters".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PC Zone Magazine" (1). PC Zone. April 1993: 12. Retrieved July 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise". IMDb. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Review Crew: Fatty Bear's Birthday". Electronic Gaming Monthly (55). EGM Media, LLC. February 1994. p. 46. 
  4. ^ LeVitus, Bob (December 1995). "The Game Room". MacUser. Archived from the original on January 22, 2000. 
  5. ^ a b c "Humongous Entertainment® Hall of Fame 1993-2000": 10. 
  6. ^ Mann, Richard O.; McCauley, Dennis; Eiser, Leslie; Haverstock, Mark; Donovan, Felicia; Giovetti, Alfred C.; Savetz, Kevin; Germain, Jack (January 1994). "Reviews". Computer Gaming World. pp. 137–142. 

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