Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday Night Rentals: Bubsy is the Best!!!

Best Game of All time

Failed mascot?  More like FANTASTIC mascot!  Am I right? It's Friday night, you're looking to have some fun this weekend, so what better game to get than than good ol' Bubsy!  Yes, it's time to dive into the depths of one of the most beloved games of all time. What could possibly go wrong?


Remember, if you miss those narrow ledges and die, it's your fault and yours alone. Don't go blaming slippery controls or anything other than your inability to play well like a true retro gamer.  Oh, and don't go knocking the plotline of aliens stealing yarn balls as absurd! Clearly the developers at Accolade had contact with a higher intelligence and know what invaders from another planet are truly after.

Music and Sound:

Title Screen Music

What a happy, peppy time Bubsy offers, doesn't it? And it's made all the better by the upbeat, boppin music. I would gladly download any and all of the soundtrack to my ipod and share it every where I go. Truly, the composer was experiencing life on a higher plane than the rest of us.

And for sound design?  My goodness!  Who can imagine games before the digitization of "What can possibly go wrong?"  All other sound bytes before and since pale in comparison. I truly don't understand why the gaming industry hires voice actors any more when we've already reached peak perfection.

Thoughts when returning the rental:

I can't believe I don't have a mint CiB sealed copy on my shelf, I bet I'm the only collector who doesn't.  Oh well. I think if I did own a sealed copy though I'd bust it open and play it every chance I got just to see if I could actually beat the game.  Well, maybe not every waking moment, but....

Well, let me be honest and put the April-ness aside for a minute. I actually do like Bubsy, warts and all. Yes the controls are slippery and the digitized voices are annoying. Yes, Bubsy was full of cheap deaths and frustrating platforming--but I actually did rent the heck out of this game as a kid. It was one of those ones that my mom and I would take turns playing through and see how far we could get. Nope, we never got that far at all.  Did I know it was a piece of garbage game?  Did I know that it would be one of the most hated games out there thanks to its difficulty? Nope. And I didn't care, because I was having fun, and that was all that mattered in the end.

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