Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, fixes some of the issues that known critics like JonTron and Some Call Me Johnny have with the first two games. For instance, the field of view has been greatly expanded so players have an easier time seeing what's around Bubsy, Bubsy's running speed has been reduced significantly to prevent him from running into obstacles that players wouldn't have a chance to react to in the original games, and Bubsy is no longer a One Hitpoint Wonder.
Bubsy: Paws on Fire has been announced to have over 100 levels in it and four different characters to play as, which was done in response to criticism of the very short length of The Woolies Strike Back.
Awesome Music: Generally, the first Bubsy game's music used limited instrumentation but nevertheless had interesting progression and was layered extremely well.
Base-Breaking Character: Bubsy himself. As mentioned in Memetic Loser, below, any brief look into the internet's opinion on this series will find a lot of hate for the character with some considering him the worst of all the Mascot with Attitude characters, however he does actually have a pretty extensive fanbase too, as can be seen by the sheer volume of fanart of him on DeviantArt, among others.
People who joked up Bubsy making his re-appearance in Sonic Forces didn't actually expect a newBubsy game.
HSQ: Whether you were groaning at it or amused by it, one thing is unanimous; the announcement of a new Bubsy game after 21 years was the last thing people expected.
It's Short, So It Sucks!: Despite having surprisingly alright gameplay, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back had rather less-than-stellar reception because of its incredibly short length, especially for its pricetag. It can be beaten in an hour or less.
Bubsy, being representative of the pitfalls of Sonic-knockoffs, and contributing to their downfall with the infamous Bubsy 3D. Fan games like Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective, which make a complete mockery of the character, speak volumes about his legacy.
After the incredibly unexpected announcement of Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, many gamers were quick to make remarks (some sarcastic, some sincere) about how ludicrous it was that a franchise as thoroughly dormant as Bubsy got a new game before many other more popular dormant franchises did.
"Bubsy pulled a◊ Turbo on Sonic" , a conspiracy theory from 4chan about Bubsy replacing Sonic in modern games and presumably being the reason they weren't as well-received.
Newer Than They Think: It's easy to assume that, with its incredibly awkward tank controls and horrible camera, that Bubsy 3D predates Super Mario 64's revolutionizing of the 3D platformer genre. But in fact, it was released months afterwards. Though to be somewhat fair to the game, the two were in development at the same time, and they weren't aware of Nintendo's offerings until it was officially announced and it was too late to go back to the drawing board, so for most of development, they thought they really were doing something new.
Nightmare Fuel: One death animation in Bubsy 3D is Bubsy shattering into glass shards. A certain romhack of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 featuring Bubsy used it as the only death animation, so being forced to stare at it again and again, longer during the inevitable Game Over screen remains uncomfortable.
Only the Creator Does It Right: Zig-zagged. Michael Berlyn, who created the series, wasn't involved with the creation of Bubsy II or Fractured Furry Tales, which are seen as inferior to the first game. However, he then came back to head the production of Bubsy 3D; this installment is seen as the worst entry of the series.
Polished Port: The PC port of the first game, titled Super Bubsy, features high resolution graphics and a somewhat larger field of view, in addition to featuring the cartoon pilot episode as a bonus. The only downside is that the music is done with MIDI, so its quality is heavily dependent on your sound card.
Popular with Furries: It'd be more accurate to say "Mostly only furries un-ironically like Bubsy". After getting past his personality, a few furries do find his design interesting. He's not popular exactly but he is popular enough for a Mascot with Attitude (most of which are forgotten as "Sonic clones").
Scrappy Mechanic: Fall damage in the first game is by far the biggest complaint that most gamers have about it, as the game seemingly encourages players to go all-out, Sonic the Hedgehog style, which will likely end up getting Bubsy killed the first time they come to any sort of drop.
Sequelitis: A rather bad victim of the disease known as Sequelitis, Bubsy did okay in the first game, but the second game nearly killed it, with Fractured Furry Tales being considered as bad, if not even worse. Bubsy 3D took it Up to Eleven, being regarded as one of the worst video games of all time and leaving the franchise dead for the next two decades.
Going full circle, Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back is considered this by most due to addressing the prior issues of the series, but retaining other issues and being extremely short for its price.
Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While people are divided as to whether or not this actually makes the game fun to play (the lack of content isn't exactly helping matters), Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back was this to many people, with some considering it to be the best game in the series.
Tainted by the Preview: The trailer for The Woolies Strike Back took a significant amount of flack for making the game look like a generic and unimpressive platformer. Which might not have bothered that many people, if not for the fact that the trailer also contained a Take That! aimed at the Sonic the Hedgehog series... which had just made a hugely-acclaimed return to form with Sonic Mania, making the trailer's timing incredibly poor and ensuring that The Woolies Strike Back would face even more of an uphill battle to win over gamers.
Unexpected Character: An odd case in that it applies to a studio as opposed to a character, but nobody expected Choice Provisions (formerly Gaijin Games, best known for the BIT.TRIP series) of all studios to be developing a Bubsy game.
Vindicated by History: The first game has gained a reputation as average (as well as better than a number of the other Sonic clones, if not by much), and Bubsy himself has fans, with some even giving him sympathy and making him out as a Woobie. A teaser image from Sonic Forces (specifically a teaser image for the customizable character◊, which looked an awful lot like a Modern-esque Bubsy) pushed the character back into the forefront, as did the announcement of his new game.
Designated Hero: Bubsy is a self-absorbed Jerkass who frequently treats his sidekick Arnold like an inanimate object (he even mistakes him for a wrench at one point), making it very, very, very hard to root for him.
Designated Monkey: Armold Armadillo, the only sympathetic character in the entire episode, suffers throughtout it, without deserving it at all. The fact that his fear of trucks (which seems to be post-traumatic stress) is Played for Laughs only makes it more cringeworthy.
Unacceptable Targets: The cartoon considers Arnold's fear of trucks — which resembles PTSD — a source or humor.
The Woobie: Arnold, the one character that hates Bubsy, thus making him relatable, spends the entire episode being the subject of all the slapstick in the form of being tortured by Bubsy's bratty niece and nephew, crashing through a roof, getting beaten over the head, and getting electrocuted. He apparently suffers from some sort of post-traumatic stress due to trucks that run over his race, killing them, and none of the punishment he receives is warranted to any degree. He deserves absolutely none of it and it makes the show almost cringeworthy to watch this poor character go through such a mess.