Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nerdicus Genesis Review #40: Bubsy 2

Title : Bubsy 2

Publisher : Accolade

Developer : Accolade

Genre : Platformer

Players :  1 / 2 Player

Release Date : 1994

Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $5-$10

I'm kind of disappointed, Bubsy. No clever title for your second game? That happened to come out only a few months after the first game? Wow, Accolade certainly was sure of themselves after they released the first one, eh? Such confidence! But they still couldn't think of a name. Come on, how about Bubsy 2 and the Baconator..because the enemy is a pig.

Something with bacon has to work there...Mmmm...bacon. It's early, and I didn't eat breakfast yet, so when I think of pigs, I think of bacon. Despite the bacon, I do love that little Bubsy, bubsy bubsy, BUBSY BOBBBBCAAAAAAAAAAT song in the beginning of the game. Quite catchy.

Now, if you're expecting anything dramatically different in this Bubsy from the first one, well, you'd be sorely mistaken. It's pretty much the same exact game with different level designs, and a few tweaked controls. That's not a bad thing, considering the first game was decent and the controls and level designs were the only thing that needed work.
Unfortunately, with platformers, you kind of HAVE to try something different if you're hoping to make a series out of it. Look at Mario. Same concept, but little quirks here and there such as power ups and level enhancements make each game progressively better than the last. However, long live SMB3.

Still, it's a Bubsy game. And it's a decent one at that, and there are a few...A FEW..new additions to the gameplay. So let's have fun and kill some pigs and turn em into bacon!

In Bubsy 2, Bubsy is tasked with the mission of rescuing HISTORY from the vile Oinker P Hamm. OH WHAT A NAME!! Seriously, someone send me bacon. Whoever sends me some bacon will be rewarded with a copy of this game. Not even joking. I want bacon. BACON!

Can you just feel the obsession I have with bacon? Anyway, Bubsy must traverse multiple levels across history...but...here's what I don't get. Okay, I understand Egypt, the medieval world, and the World War 1 bi-plane levels..but what the hell is up with the Music levels and outer space levels. I'm not sure what time they are referring to? The space race? The birth of renaissance music? Ah well...

The levels in this game are much better designed than the first one, and the fast paced movements of this irritating cat actually fit the layout. You'll be jumping around, soaring, and banging off walls and enemies at a constant pace, but at least the levels are made to support that, unlike the first game where it felt like the camera was just playing catch up. Don't get me wrong, it happens in this game too, but not as much. Nowhere near as fluid as Sonic though.

The best levels though? That's gotta be the bonus levels. There's something about em that are so extremely entertaining. Frog chucking, escorting an armadillo car, and diving into cyclonic waters. Just to rack up some bonus points and extra lives. Seriously though, I think I had more fun playing through those levels than the main ones.

As in the last Bubsy game, you'll spend most of your time collecting marbles (instead of yarn) and trying to find the checkpoints scattered throughout the level. Of course, you need to find the exit too, but that's a given. BUT, at least you'll also have the opportunity to collect some trading cards that allow you to buy some nifty (yes, I said nifty) items to help Bubsy out. My favorite of course, being the NERF GUN. Nothing more satisfying than blasting enemies with darts. The others are pretty damn cool though, like smart bombs, sling shots, and portable holes. Each have their own unique effect.

That's not all, folks. Also introduced in this game are two new sidekicks for Bubsy that could be controlled by the second player. OH, WHAT FUN! It's Bubsy's niece and nephew! JOY! Seriously..they can go die in a fire...Bubsy was annoying by himself, I don't need his family members.

The real issue with this game, lies in its difficulty. Bubsy 2, much like its predecessor, is going to piss...you...off. It is HARD. And I'm talking damn hard. Even on easy mode, the game is going to rip you a new one. You'll be pretty frustrated by the time you get to the later stages of this game, mainly because the game throws everything it as at you. The game is pretty short however, so if you do manage to beat it, it won't piss you off for long.

And, while the controls were fixed from the first game, it still takes quite a bit of getting used to. Sonic is fast, but this game is fast and annoying.

Another thing? The music is horrible. Sorry, but it is. Genesis music in general was garbage to me, but that's just my opinion.

All in all, Bubsy 2 is a step up from the first game, but it's still just a "decent" platformer.

Final Score (out of 5) :

Until Next time - Keep on Gaming!



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