Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind

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Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Accolade
Developer:
Sound driver: Accolade sound driver
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9559.95[1] T-119026
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-119026-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MD119026
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4][5] T-119026-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FBUB02SMC
Non-Sega versions

Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind is a Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo platform game released by Accolade in 1993. It is the first in the Bubsy the Bobcat series, and was released at the height of the "mascot wars" in which company mascots like Mario and Sonic were starring in popular video games.

Bubsy was created by Michael Berlyn, and during production was hyped up to be "the next Sonic the Hedgehog" only to receive mixed reviews from critics. It did, however, spawn a number of sequels including Bubsy II, and a pilot was made for a cartoon series featuring the character.

Story

Enemy aliens called "Woolies" intend to steal Earth's supply of yarn balls. Since Bubsy has the world's largest collection of yarn balls, he has the most at stake and sets out to stop the Woolies and reclaim the yarn balls.

Gameplay

The game is side-scrolling platformer inspired by the Sonic the Hedgehog games. The player maneuvers Bubsy through the levels, jumping on Woolies and collecting yarn balls. Bubsy moves with Left and Right and crouches with Down. He jumps with A or B; he jumps much higher if he gets a running start. He defeats Woolies by jumping on top of them. While in the air, he can glide with A or "pounce" (bounce off enemies) with B. He can "super pounce" by pouncing on enemies while gliding, which sends him high into the air. He can look up by holding Up or look down by holding Down. The player can pan the camera with C+Left or C+Right. He enters passageways, which often lead to secret rooms, by pressing Up while standing in front of them.

Bubsy starts off with nine lives and loses a life if he touches an enemy, an enemy attack, or other hazard, if he falls in water, or if he falls from a great height. The game ends if he runs out of lives, but it can be continued as long as the player has continues remaining.

Items

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Colored Yarn Balls
Award bonus points depending on the color. Green is worth 10 points, yellow is worth 20 points, red is worth 30 points, and blue is worth 40 points. Some yarn balls cycle through all the colors, so their value depends on their color when Bubsy collects them.
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Yarn Crate
Gives the player 25 yarn balls and 500 points.
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Banana Crate
Releases bananas, which cause Bubsy to slip and lose control.
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Tack Crate
Releases tacks, which kill Bubsy if he touches them.
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TNT Crate
Explodes and propels Bubsy high into the air.
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Numbered T-Shirt
Gives the player one or two extra lives.
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Black T-Shirt
Makes Bubsy invisible for a duration.
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Invincible T-Shirt
Makes Bubsy invincible for a duration.
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Continue
Gives the player a continue.
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Wool-gas-matron
Awards a random number of points between 1,000 and 7,777.
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Mid-Level Marker
Checkpoint where Bubsy is revived after losing a life.
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End-of-Level Marker
Goal at the end of the level.

Chapters

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Cheese Wheels of Doom

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Forbidden Plummet

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A Bridge Too Fur

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Fair Conditioning

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Night of the Bobcat

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Our Furless Leader

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The Good, the Bad, and the Woolies

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A Fistful of Yarn

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Dances with Woolies

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Beavery Careful

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Rock Around the Croc

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Claws for Alarm

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Eye of the Bobcat

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No Time to Paws

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Lethal Woolie

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A Farewell to Woolies

Versions

The game was ported to Windows 95 in 1995 under the title Super Bubsy. This version of the game features higher resolution graphics.

The Super NES version of the game was re-released on Steam via emulation in 2015 as part of the Bubsy Two-Fur, a two-game compilation that also includes the Super NES version of Bubsy II.

Production credits

  • Produced By: John A.S. Skeel, Cynthia Kirkpatrick
  • Design: Michael Berlyn
  • Additional Design: Cynthia Kirkpatrick, John A.S. Skeel, D. Scott Williamson
  • Art Design: Beckett Gladney
  • Bubsy Design and Animation: Ken Macklin
  • Music Composition: Matt Berardo
  • Programming by: Solid Software, Al Baker, D. Scott Williamson
  • Bubsy's Voice: Brian Silva
  • Animation and Backgrounds: Adrian Bourne, Beckett Gladney, Ken Macklin, Michael McLaughlin
  • Additional Animation and Backgrounds: Frank Cirocco, Scott Heckenlively, Kathy Rudis, Gail Redmond, Taunya Schiffer, Jeff Sturgeon
  • Music Conversion: Rudy Helm
  • Assistant Producer: James "Mad Dog" Kucera
  • Quality Assurance: Scott "Banzai" Barnes, Steve "Toon" Graziano
  • Additional Programming: Robert Calfee
Source:
In-game credits
Bubsy MD credits.pdf
[6]

Magazine articles

Main article: Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind/Promotional material.

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №13, p24-26
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[7]
Ação Games (BR)
81
[8]
Aktueller Software Markt (DE)
83
[9]
Console Mania (IT) PAL
88
[10]
Consoles + (FR)
90
[11]
Cool Gamer (RU)
60
[12]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
81
[13]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[14]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
84
[15]
Game Power (IT) PAL
91
[16]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
93
[1]
Gamers (DE)
73
[17]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
91
[18]
Joypad (FR) PAL
83
[19]
Mega (UK) PAL
78
[20]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
87
[21]
Mega Action (UK)
87
[22]
Mega Force (FR)
90
[23]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
76
[24]
Mega Power (UK) PAL
80
[25]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
74
[26]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
80
[27]
Player One (FR)
86
[28]
Sega Magazin (DE)
73
[29]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
69
[30]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
81
[31]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
77
[32]
Sega Force Mega (UK) PAL
84
[33]
Sega Force (SE)
92
[34]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
88
[35]
Super Juegos (ES)
89
[36]
Todo Sega (ES)
92
[37]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
79
[38]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
33 reviews

Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Cart
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Mega Drive, FR

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Mega Drive, PT

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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 3e30d365
MD5 a603f331d2d8700543a67c60342e38f7
SHA-1 719140754763e5062947ef9e76ee748cfad38202
2MB 1993-06 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 GamePro, "August 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 62
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sega Force Mega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 40
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 55
  4. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 20
  5. Mega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 37
  6. File:Bubsy MD credits.pdf
  7. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 38
  8. Ação Games, "Setembro 1993" (BR; 1993-09-01), page 28
  9. Aktueller Software Markt, "September 1993" (DE; 1993-08-09), page 42
  10. Console Mania, "Ottobre 1993" (IT; 1993-xx-xx), page 89
  11. Consoles +, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 116
  12. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 42
  13. Computer & Video Games, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-15), page 84
  14. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 298
  15. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 10: September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 14
  16. Game Power, "Settembre 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 53
  17. Gamers, "Oktober/November 1993" (DE; 1993-09-24), page 42
  18. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 50
  19. Joypad, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 54
  20. Mega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 36
  21. Mega Action, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-09), page 20
  22. Mega Action, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-04), page 80
  23. Mega Force, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 122
  24. Mega Fun, "10/93" (DE; 1993-09-22), page 29
  25. Mega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 52
  26. MegaTech, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-20), page 48
  27. Mean Machines Sega, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-07-30), page 76
  28. Player One, "Septembre 1993" (FR; 1993-08-xx), page 108
  29. Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 61
  30. Sega Power, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-05), page 54
  31. Sega Pro, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-12), page 72
  32. Sega Zone, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-xx), page 34
  33. Sega Force Mega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-08-19), page 18
  34. Sega Force, "7/93" (SE; 1993-11-04), page 8
  35. Sonic the Comic, "September 4th 1993" (UK; 1993-09-04), page 10
  36. Super Juegos, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 64
  37. Todo Sega, "Septiembre 1993" (ES; 1993-0x-xx), page 26
  38. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 31


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