Video Game / Fatty Bear
Fatty Bear was a rather short-lived series of children's games made by Humongous Entertainment, which was later bought by Atari. Unlike most other franchises of the company, Fatty Bear lasted one adventure game and two spinoffs (though technically one since the other one was just an Updated Re-release). His games consisted of Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise, Fatty Bear's Fun Pack, and Putt-Putt & Fatty Bear's Activity Pack. He was also playable in Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon's minigame Bear Stormin' (which received a standalone release at one point). After those games, he was reduced to being a simple cameo character for other Humongous games. According to one of the original workers, the person who owned the rights to him had no interest in making any further games. Due to this, he eventually faded into obscurity, but his games, despite there being so few of them, are still well-known by the fanbase.

The only main game in the series, Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise, centers around the titular character trying to prepare a birthday party for his owner. It goes well until he releases a puppy, who begins to cause trouble for everyone.

Tropes in the Fatty Bear games:

  • Crossover: Putt-Putt & Fatty Bear's Activity Pack is the only Humongous game to go further than simple cameos.
  • Dull Surprise: Fatty Bear doesn't show very much emotion...
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Looking through the treehouse telescope will sometimes show Putt-Putt on the moon. That corresponding game was released a few months after.
    • Clicking on the answering machine will play a message that Kayla's dad was picking up Kayla's present at the pet store.
  • Heli-Critter: Matilda Rabbit.
  • It Came from the Fridge: The refrigerator contains a covered dish that has a green slime monster inside, and a bowl with bubbling brown gunk in it.
    Fatty Bear: Yuck! Leftovers again!
  • Living Toys
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: Typical for a Humongous game. The floppy disk version had to rely on it even more, and was especially bad when blowing up the balloons.
    Gretchen: That', Fatty Bear...four...more to go.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Matilda Rabbit.
  • Minigame Game: Fun Pack and its Updated Re-release Activity Pack.
  • Mr. Muffykins: The puppy. He does nothing except cause trouble for everybody, running off with three lettters for the Happy Birthday sign, popping balloons, digging in the garden, and stealing Fatty Bear's chocolate chips.
    Matilda: I dare say that puppy is a scamp!
  • Parental Bonus: The opening of the demo version is a parody of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  • Password Save: The standalone version of Bear Stormin'.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Fun Pack reuses music from Birthday Surprise, while its Updated Re-release Putt-Putt & Fatty Bear's Activity Pack reuses music from Putt-Putt Joins the Parade.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: If you pull the chocolate chips from the cupboard while the puppy is out, he'll snatch them and Fatty Bear will chase him while performing this gag.
  • Sequence Breaking: Averted, it is impossible to not let the puppy out of the box, even though it seems like it should be possible. Even if you do ignore it, Fatty Bear will eventually wonder for himself, causing the puppy to break free. And if you do finish the cake before letting him out, the plot will not advance until he runs off with the letters for the "Happy Birthday" sign.
    • It's also impossible to inflate all five balloons while the puppy is out, so you can't finish the game outside of Kayla's bedroom.
  • Staggered Zoom: At the very beginning of the game, when zooming into Kayla's room. This may have been done because of animation limitations in that day.
  • Your Size May Vary: At the beginning of the game, Fatty Bear seems to be around a foot tall, standard size for stuffed animals. As he goes around the house, he appears to be just barely below the kitchen counter, as tall as the garage door, taller than the washing machine, and the size of a mini-trampoline.