Video Game: Bubsy

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A series of Platform Games released in the early- to mid-1990s by Accolade, starring a bobcat with attitude meant to capitalize on the popularity of Sonic the Hedgehog. Bubsy can jump up to about twice his height, and can glide to slow himself down when he falls by holding out his arms like an airplane. It is, as the description implies, rather cartoonish.

Four games were released in the series, along with a pilot for an animated series that never materialized. The list of games is as follows:
  • Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (1992, multiple systems)
  • Bubsy II (1994, multiple systems)
  • Bubsy in: Fractured Furry Tales (1994, Atari Jaguar)
  • Bubsy is 3D in Furbitten Planet (1996, PlayStation)

The games never made any commercial success, or recognition by that matter until Bubsy 3D, and its recognition was very bad, which proved to be the Franchise Killer. The 2D games are rather challenging and silly, though they were nothing really impressive.

Bubsy tropes:

  • Accordion Cat: This would happen to Bubsy in the first game if he fell from a high distance without gliding.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Hansel and Gretel in Fractured Furry Tales. Sure there are a few versions that make them seem a little more... questionable, this is one of the very few that makes them outright villains. As opposed to the original story, where they only killed the wicked witch after she tried to kill them first, here they apparently kidnapped the witch and locked her in a cage for no reason, and they try to kill Bubsy too when he shows up... by throwing apples at him. Also, it turns out the witch is actually Mother Goose... or something.
  • Adorable Evil Minions: The Woolies.
  • Amusing Injuries: Bubsy gets these often.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Bubsy is a type of cat, and therefore instantly drowns if he touches water.
  • Animated Actors: Bubsy has threatened to walk off the set multiple times.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Woolies win if you don't collect everything in Bubsy 3D. If you do, they still win anyway. You're destined to lose from the word "go".
  • Band Land: Musicland in Bubsy II.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: In Bubsy 3D, even though you defeat Polly and Esther, the story has them defeat Bubsy and capture him.
  • Big Bad: The Wooly queens, Polly and Esther, in Claws Encounters and Bubsy 3D.
    • Oinker P. Hamm in Bubsy II.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: If you didn't press any buttons, Bubsy would eventually knock on the TV screen and yell at you.
    "Hello?!"
    • In Bubsy 3D, he starts messing with your TV settings.
  • Butt Monkey: Bubsy, in the original outing. His level-opener lines started with "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" and eventually end up as "Is there a veterinarian in the audience?"
    • In the second game, his sidekick Arnold the Armadillo took this role.
    • In Bubsy 3D, the end-of-level animations have Bubsy getting hurt in some way.
  • Catch Phrase: "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?."
    • Also the name of the pilot episode itself.
    • Since the release of Bubsy 3D, the most common answer to that is "This."
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: You start with nine lives in the first game, literally. And you will lose them fast if you don't know what you're doing.
  • Circling Birdies: This happens if Bubsy hits a wall after running into it too fast. (This is one of the very few injuries you can inflict on Bubsy that does not kill him).
  • Covers Always Lie / Blatant Lies: Bubsy 3D featured presumably fake critic quotes on the front cover from "EGM" and "PS Extreme", the latter of which awarding the game their "Gold X Award" as "one of the sleeper hits of '96". In reality, Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the game a negative review, scoring it 3.25 out of 10. Contrary to popular belief, PS Extreme magazine really did exist; however, it never had a "Gold X Award", nor is there any evidence it ever even reviewed Bubsy 3D.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Bubsy, his nephew Terry, and his niece Terri all have them.
  • Difficulty Spike: Every third chapter in the first game threw every obstacle at you that it could, and doesn't ease up.
  • Fake Difficulty: Discussed in this JonTron. For those who don't feel like watching, in the first two games, your field of vision is very limited, making it hard to tell where you should go and what's just offscreen trying to kill you.
    • Somecallme Johnny also delved into other problems: Level design not built around Bubsy's abilities, platforming sections that are hard due to Bubsy's obscene speed not matching the platforming, frailty combined with the above problems leading to the multiple deaths, sprite sizes being too huge causing said accidents to happen, and inconsistent ideals about how to play the game. It's hard to be slow and methodical with a character as fast as Sonic. Likewise, he couldn't (and he tried) play it safe with level design created with the intent of murdering the bobcat.
  • Falling Damage: The first two games have falling damage, which can be neutralized by gliding.
  • Fan Sequel: Arcane Kids' Bubsy 3D is a surrealist send-up of one, but it does star the long-lost cat, and uses him as a vehicle for some seriously high-minded parody.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The premise of Fractured Furry Tales is that Bubsy goes around "humbling" the bad guys from storybooks like Jack and the Beanstalk and Alice in Wonderland.
  • Goomba Springboard: A very useful tactic to rank up a ton of points and clear large gaps (and the whole stage if you're so inclined).
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Bubsy wears a White Shirt with a Red Exclamation mark.
  • Humanlike Foot Anatomy
  • Hurricane of Puns: Bubsy spews these a lot, though he's adamant that he didn't write them.
  • Idle Animation: Bubsy will smirk at the screen, tap his foot, and eventually knock on the TV. In Bubsy 3D, he messes with your television settings.
  • I'm Melting: One of Bubsy's death animations is melting into a puddle.
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?: One of Bubsy's level quotes is "Is there a veterinarian in the audience!?"
  • Large Ham: The narrator in Super Bubsy. Also Bubsy himself.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Mostly it was Bubsy smiling, then falling down, but the rest was rather funny. It's usually the only reason why most players didn't throw their controllers through the television.
    • Bubsy has a death animation for every kind of obstacle, sometimes multiple ones. See if you can find them all!
  • Mascot with Attitude: Bubsy was one of many, and is also one of the most infamous.
  • Multiple Endings: In Bubsy 3D. If you beat the game without collecting everything, Bubsy's rocket ship doesn't have enough power to make it to Earth, and he ends up stranded in space. This allows the victorious Woolies to continue their galactic conquest. If you do find everything, Bubsy's rocket ship has too much power, and he accidentally puts himself in Pre-Historic times. This allows the victorious Woolies to continue their galactic conquest.
  • Narrator: Super Bubsy added one to explain the story and introduce the levels. Bubsy's chatter was kept.
  • Not in My Contract: "My contract does not mention pain!"
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: The first game only. The sequels gave him an idiosyncratic health meter.
    • He doesn't even have to be hit to die in the first game as it seems even breathing on him will kill him. This is taken to ridiculous levels in one stage where he'll die by jumping onto a platform that's covered by an inch of water!
  • Polygon Ceiling: The 2D games were made competently enough, but having to work with an extra dimension made Bubsy 3D a clear Obvious Beta. Almost every texture was a solid color, the levels were lifeless, Bubsy moved like a heavy tank with choppy animations, and the game was generally a chore to play for the most part.
  • Product Placement: In Bubsy II, you have the ability to buy Nerf Bazookas and shoot Nerf Balls at enemies.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Punny Name: All of the Woolies in the game are named after types of material. The queens are named Polly and Esther, and their assistant is named Professor Nylon.
  • Quote Mine: The reviews on the case for Bubsy 3D go even beyond this as it sports entirely falsified reviews and awards.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Upon seeing the level title "Eye of the Bobcat", Bubsy says: "That's it, I'm outta here, you can't make me...", and runs off the screen.
  • Sequel Hook: Bubsy 3D ended with this.
  • Space Pirates: The space level in Bubsy II has a distinct pirate theme to it, including treasure chests, hooks, and pirate-esque BGM.
  • Space Zone: The final level of the first game, which takes place on the Woolies' mothership.
  • Sphere Eyes: Bubsy has these.
  • Stealth Pun: Bubsy's catchphrase, given he doesn't stress the wordplay like he normally does.
    What could pawssibly go wrong?
  • Super Drowning Skills: In the first game and 3D, Bubsy will die if even his toes touch water.
  • Tagalong Kid: Bubsy's nephew Terry, and niece Terri in the second game. They could be controlled by a second player.
  • "What Now?" Ending: Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tails ends like this.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: One of the sound bytes heard before a level in Bubsy II is "Who wrote this stuff?!" Bubsy is referring to the punny level titles.