Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back
WORST GAMES OF Q4 2017
Full disclaimer: the original Bubsy title from 1993 was actually a fair bit of fun. The level design was varied, offering multiple routes and secrets to tackle. The animations were lively, and the limitations of the console hardware made Bubsy’s overbearing personality a lot more tolerable. The issue, it seems, is that Accolade continued to treat the character like an old joke that wasn’t very funny to begin with – elbowing you in the ribs, slapping their knee and guffawing so obnoxiously, people around you have begun to leave the room.
To say that expectations for his revival were low would be an optimistic take on the matter. To be honest, people had no expectations whatsoever, so when it finally happened, it was met with a wave of apathy quite befitting of a generation of millennials that Bubsy had no hope of ever reaching. The game is faithful to its roots, but that leads to it feeling dated, facile and unambitious. It won’t go on in infamy like the vacuous disaster that was Bubsy 3D, instead being quietly shelved and soon forgotten. Feel free to peruse our review if you want to know more.