How Dare They Bring Bubsy Back

I have never liked Bubsy the Bobcat. I still don’t. They made a new game starring Bubsy here in 2017. The whole enterprise feels like a precision-engineered insult sponge. I don’t know why I played it. Oh, I know why I played it: to make a video about it.


You can watch me assess the new Bubsy in my video, but let me also prove my Bubsy cred to you for a moment: I was a full-grown middle-schooler when Bubsy: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind was released for Super Nintendo and Genesis in 1993. Electronic Gaming Monthly had hyped the game like crazy. They’d said it was as good as Mario and Sonic. I spent some of my hard-earned lawn-mowing money on that game. Electronic Gaming Monthly were a bunch of liars.

Twenty-four years after the release of the first game in the series, there’s a new one. Its subtitle is The Woolies Strike Back. It took the developers 24 years to make the trip from a bad Steven Spielberg reference to a worse George Lucas reference.


I don’t like this game. However, I will stream it if enough people beg me to in the comments.

I make videos for Kotaku. I make video games for myself and my friends. I like writing fiction. Someday I will publish a novel. Who knows!

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Oh please, at least you didn’t get stuck with Bubsy 3D as a child with a limited allowance.