A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Standing up to bad guys, protecting planetary resources.
Positive Role Models
You play a bobcat named Bubsy, a wise-talking protagonist who wants to rid world of menacing aliens known as Woolies. He's an admirable character, wants to protect Earth, retrieve what's rightfully his -- but he's sassy, smart-alecky.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn, occasional problems during gameplay.
Violence & Scariness
Mild fantasy violence, such as hopping on, destroying aliens, sharks, other creatures that stand in his way. Not realistic, bloody, gory.
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Products & Purchases
Based on Bubsy character, who has appeared in games since 1993. Some DLC (downloadable content) planned, but will be free.
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.
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 The action grows tiring after a short while, with bland levels, outdated visuals, and not a lot of gameplay here (though the developers say they'll add more with a free DLC update).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.
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