Video Game / Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage
Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage
was a platformer
released for the Super NES starring Bugs Bunny, traveling through levels representing different types of Looney Tunes: Bugs fighting Elmer Fudd in the wintery woods from "Duck! Rabbit, Duck!", the bull fight from "Bully for Bugs" and many more.
Many of the game's mechanics play on Looney Tunes
tropes, or just cartoon tropes in general. Bugs, for instance, starts every level by being drawn by a pencil (much like in the cartoon this game's named after) and is erased when he dies. In addition, items Bugs collects and can use to help him are based on common Looney Tunes items, such as pies he can throw as weapons, carrots that restore health (which is represented by a long carrot meter, with hits being represented by bites taken out of it), and a "Bugs Was Here" sign that acts as a checkpoint wherever you place it.
This game provides examples of:
- Acme Products: Naturally, for a Looney Tunes game. One level even takes place in the ACME factory (naturally, Bugs' foe in this level is ACME's number-one customer, Wile E. Coyote).
- Anvil on Head: Unsurprising for a Looney Tunes game. In the fight against the bull you can use these yourself to stun him, while in level 13 these are obstacles that you will need to watch out for.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Yep, Bugs manages to pull this one in an end-of-level sequence.
- Big Bad: Daffy Duck. Foreshadowed at the very beginning of the game, as right before Bugs is rudely awakened you can hear Daffy's trademark "woo-hoo!" laugh.
- Big Eater: The Tasmanian Devil - which naturally backfires when Bugs leaves out turkeys made out of lit TNT for him.
- Bullfight Boss: The third level is a recreation of "Bully for Bugs."
- Check Point: The rather rare "Bugs Was Here" signs.
- Decade Dissonance: The game has Bugs erratically travel from the wild west to a fairy-tale land, to outer space, and then later to an industrial factory.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Chipmunks dropping acorns on your head, the Big Bad Wolf blowing bricks at you, random trains driving through haunted houses, and much more. However, there is an explanation for this at the end...
- Extremity Extremist: Bugs' offensive skills when without a convenient ACME Product? A mighty kick.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Or, rather, numbering, starting with "1.1," followed by "2.1," and then "400." It only gets stranger from there.
- Production Foreshadowing: One of your opponents in the final boss fight is Duck Dodgers, the star of Sunsoft's next Looney Tunes game.
- Rage Against the Author: Somewhat similar to the cartoon this game's named after, the final villain turns out to be Daffy Duck, who is responsible for "drawing" the game you had to play through (though Elmer Fudd was the animator in the original short).
- Resurrective Immortality: You can go ahead and beat Daffy as many times as you want in the final boss battle, but if you don't take out the art supplies littering the stage, he'll just keep coming back for more.
- Shout-Out: To numerous Looney Tunes cartoons.
- Level 1.1: The so-called "hunting trilogy", Rabbit Fire/Rabbit Seasoning/Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (Elmer is the boss), and The Heckling Hare (Willoughby is an enemy).
- Level 2.1: Drip-Along Daffy (setting, and Nasty Canasta is the boss), Buckaroo Bugs (Red Hot Ryder is an enemy) and Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (Hiawatha is an enemy).
- Level 400: Bully For Bugs (Toro the bull is the only enemy)
- Level 1.3: The Windblown Hare (the three little pigs and the big bad wolf), Bewitched Bunny (Hansel & Gretel are seen in the background, plus Witch Hazel herself) and Knighty Knight Bugs (Yosemite Sam in knight armor)
- Level 2001: Any of the Marvin the Martian shorts.
- Level 9.1: Any of the Tazmanian Devil shorts, though specifically Bedevilled Rabbit when Bugs dresses in drag.
- Level [really long math formula]: Any of the Wile E. Coyote shorts.
- Level 42.759 3/8: Bunny Hugged (The Crusher is the only enemy)
- Level 13: In a non LT example, the black cat enemies resemble the title character from Tex Avery's Bad Luck Blackie.
- Final Showdown: Rabbit Rampage, Robin Hood Daffy,Duck Dodgers in the 24th and 1/2 Century, and Drip-Along Daffy.
- 13 Is Unlucky: Level 13, the final level. It takes place in a haunted house, where you are constantly assaulted by unexplained falling objects and moving trains, not to mention all the black cats roaming about.
- Trademark Favorite Food: As always, carrots for Bugs, which give him (and measure!) his health.
- Whole Plot Reference: To "Rabbit Rampage," the Looney Tunes sequel to "Duck Amuck." Unlike the original short, Daffy is the one causing Bugs' problems.