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Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back!

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Short, repetitive platformer barely amuses in small bursts.

Game PlayStation 4 , Windows 2017
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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 The action grows tiring after a short while, with bland levels, outdated visuals, and not a lot of gameplay here (though the developers say they'll add more with a free DLC update).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.

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