A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back! is a action platformer. It's about a cartoon bobcat who takes on aliens and other rivals to retrieve his coveted golden ball of yarn, and to help protect the world from an alien race. It has very little cartoon violence, with Bubsy bouncing off enemies to defeat them. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
What's it about?
In BUBSY: THE WOOLIES STRIKE BACK!, the no-good aliens known as the Woolies have returned to steal all of Earth's yarn. In fact, they also stole Bubsy's prized golden ball of yarn. The story surrounds collecting up the yarn before it can be taken, fighting off the Woolies (and other creatures) across multiple environments, and retrieving what was rightfully his. The game is a classic 2-D (or, to be more specific, a 2.5D) side-scroller, that has Bubsy running, jumping, climbing, gliding, and bouncing mostly from the left side of the screen to the right, across 14 single-player levels, confronting boss characters along the way.
Is it any good?
This platformer is a lackluster throwback to this once-popular genre, even with patches released to address technical issues scattered across the game. The action grows tiring after a short while, with bland levels, outdated visuals, and not a lot of gameplay here (though the developers say they'll add more with a free DLC update). Bubsy gets more fun as you begin to chain your moves together to tackle more challenging levels and obstacles, such as climbing, jumping and then gliding to a spot on the map to pick up a shirt (power-up) which gives you extra lives. (Gliding is one of the hallmarks of this franchise, and will require you master the move, especially when in vertical chasms.) Aiming can be tough, though, so it'll take some practice for more novice or younger players. It isn't a complete disaster -- it can be fun to glide atop Woolies and bounce to destroy them, or take on sharks as you carefully navigate the level -- but overall, this short cartoon side-scroller isn't worth your time and money. Perhaps if you're a huge fan of the series and miss this genre dearly, it might be a mediocre investment, but it's mostly a forgettable retro adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about perseverance. What keeps you going when a difficult task is presented? Can you use this motivation in these games and in real life?
Talk about games with mascots. Do you like playing games with these colorful characters, even though they aren't as popular as they once were? Why do you think designers have moved away from this kind of game?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Tommo
- Release date: November 1, 2017
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Ocean Creatures, Space and Aliens, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: November 13, 2017
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