BUBSY: THE WOOLIES STRIKE BACK
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on November 9, 2017
A platformer with a crazy cat which throws out cheesy one-liners all the time? Where do I sign up?
Some of you might remember Bubsy from way back, when this cool platform game was still developed by Accolade. For Bubsy: the Woolies Strike Back, our friends from Black Forest Games got involved. It's actually the fifth game in the long-running Bubsy series. Now, we didn't hear anything from Bubsy since the last game appeared in 1996, but now he's back and ready for another adventure.
The game starts while Bubsy is sitting in his living room, chilling in his favorite chair and that's when it happens! Alien-like creatures called Woolies blow a hole in his house and steal his Golden Fleece yarn. Of course, Bubsy is not so thrilled about this. He desperately wants his Golden Fleece yarn back, and that is precisely where his adventure starts. One of the outstanding options in the menu is the Verbosity level. Here you can set whether you like to hear "occasional one-liners" to "lots of talking" and a major "Bubsy" level. Of course I choose the Bubsy level, which is 100% what I hoped it would be!
When you fire up the game, it automatically starts at the first level. Now, this in itself is nothing special, but Bubsy wouldn't be Bubsy if the game didn't take another approach to things. Nowadays, games usually come with an extensive tutorial level, which you will have to complete at least once before you can really get into the game. With Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back however, this is optional. If you start the game and are planning on playing the tutorial level, you will first have to take a step back on the map. When you do, you will learn all there is to know about the basics of the game, and let me tell you, it is really a good idea to do so. You can walk and jump of course, but you can also glide, which turns out to be a really handy feature. You can also pounds through blocks. And, as always in a platformer, make good use of the level's objects like floating platforms and yarn walls to climb.
The goal of each level is to collect the amount of keys needed to open the vault of that level so you can continue your way and collect a massive amount of yarn. Throughout all levels you can collect balls of yarn. The faster you collect them, the higher your score will be at the leader board. You can also collect sweaters. They give you a shield and more sweaters mean more extra health points for our furry hero.
Up till now, it all sounds fair enough, doesn't it? Well, a platformer wouldn't truly be a platformer without enemies to make your life miserable, so the developers made sure that there are more than enough Woolies in each levels. Luckily, there are ways to defeat them! The easiest way to do that is by jumping on their heads in true vintage platform style. You can also use your bashing ability, but there is a little harder because bashing will not be performed in a straight forward line but more in kind of an arching motion. So if you want to use a bash, make sure that your aim is true.
The enemies in the levels in this game are not the only problem. I have to say that Bubsy is a really challenging platformer. Danger is lurking around every corner, so beware player, beware. I had trouble figuring out how to reach some of the keys I needed or simply how to cross a big pond of water. Bubsy is a cat after all, so he literally can't stand water!
Bubsy looks great and colorful and I just love the synthesizer eighties-like soundtrack. It has everything that you want from a modern platformer and also managed to retain that good old classic feel. So if you like playing a cool and colorful platform game with a cute looking protagonist who spews a steady stream of funny one liners, then Bubsy: The woolies Strike Back is definitely your ball of yarn!