Bug!

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Bug!
System(s): Sega Saturn, Windows PC
Publisher: Sega
Windows PC
Sega PC
Developer:
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (72 tracks)
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,8005,800 GS-9063
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
$39.9939.99[4] 81004
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81004-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
DM 139139[9] MK81004-50
USK: 0
Sega Saturn
PT
Sega Saturn
UK
£49.9949.99[7][8] MK81004-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
199zł199
Sega Saturn
AU
OFLC: G
Sega Saturn
BR
191026
Tectoy: 6+
Windows PC
US
$34.9534.95[11] 85025
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Windows PC
US
(Expert Software)
$19.9919.99[12] 6802
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Windows PC
US
(Jack in the Box)
85025
ESRB: Everyone
Windows PC
DE
DM 80.0080.00[13] MK-85025-50
USK: 0
Windows PC
UK
MK-85025-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK

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Bug!, known in Japan as Bug!: Jump Shite, Fundzukechatte, Pecchanko (バグ! ジャンプして、ふんづけちゃって、ぺっちゃんこ) is a platform video game developed by Realtime Associates and published by Sega for the Sega Saturn.

Story

The plot revolves around the title character, Bug, an actor in Hollywood hoping to make his "big break". Players take control shortly after Bug has signed a deal for the lead role in an action film, in which his family is kidnapped by the evil Queen Cadavra and he is tasked with rescuing her. The gameplay takes place "on the set" of each scene of the movie, and cutscenes between levels show Bug moving from one set to the next.

Gameplay

Bug! is a "2.5D" platform game, which for the most part is played like a traditional side-scrolling title. At various points in the level, Bug is allowed to travel towards or away from the camera, up vertical surfaces, and even upside down, adding a third dimension in the process. However, players are always confined to corridors, meaning gameplay is not as "open" as future 3D platformers, for example, Super Mario 64. Though levels are built using 3D geometry, the objects in a level are represented by 2D sprites.

The game is set on "Bug Island" and consists of six worlds made up of three "scenes" each, with each final level culminating in a mandatory boss ("finale"). At certain points in the game bonus stages can be activated where certain tasks must be achieved (for example, one stage has Bug race against Sega's mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog). Enemies come in the form of insects and are defeated by jumping on them. Each level ends when the player jumps on a "Bug Stop", which will then make the player proceed to the next level. Every level contains collectable items: 1-UPs supply the player with an extra life, collecting a heart will restore one hit point to the player whereas Bug Juice will fully replenish it, and a coin will allow the player to take part in a bonus round whereby they are given the chance to win more lives. If the player runs out of Bug Juice, they lose a life. The game will end once the player runs out of continues.

Collectable items in the form of blue crystals are found scattered throughout the game's levels. If the player collects 100 of them, they will earn an extra life along with a dragonfly icon, in which three icons are needed for the player to take part in a special bonus round. In addition, the player can collect power ups which will enable them to defeat enemies instantly. These come in the form of "zap" and "spit" attacks; the former allows Bug to fire missiles made out of saliva for long-range attacks, and the latter unleashes a close-range bolt of electricity.

Stages

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Insectica

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Reptilia

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Splot

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Quaria

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Burrbs

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Arachnia

History

Development

Realtime Associates developed the game using Silicon Graphics workstations, which were then used to pre-render the game's characters and then convert them into sprites.

According to producer Steve Apour, "Once we were working on Bug!, we'd meet twice a week to talk about gameplay, just to plow through it and decide what the system could do. Some ideas we weren't able to include, such as the 'wait animation' where Bug was going to leap up and come down right in your face."

Legacy

By the end of 1995, 150,000 copies of Bug! had been sold in the US, making it the second most popular Saturn game (behind Daytona USA)[4][14]. In Europe, it was the best selling CD game across all platforms for two weeks[4]. Bug! toys and merchandise were sold in the gift shop of Sega World Sydney. According to Sega, discussions were underway for an animated TV series, though this never materialised.

A direct sequel, Bug Too!, was released for the Saturn in 1996.

Production credits

Saturn version

  • Programmer: Michael DiMambro
  • Assistant Programming and Gameplay Design: Cheryl Harada, Steve Shimizu
  • Additional Programming: Chris MacDonald
  • Tools and Support: Eric Pugh, Glen Volk
  • Map Layout Design: Scott Stoabs, Dwight Velarde
  • Character Design and Animation: Jeff Cook
  • Lead Animation: Tom Grevera
  • Animation: Paul Drzewiecki, Doran Fish, Dan Goldman, Darin Hilton
  • Background Graphics: Phil Knowles
  • Additional Animation: Martin Foster, Mike Norville
  • Animation Cleanup: Rich Neves, Ann Petersen, Virginia Smith
  • Original Score and Sound FX: Greg Turner
  • Voice actors: John Frost (as Bug), Perry Keifer, Tim W. Jones
  • Producer: David Bean
  • Executive Producer: Dave Warhol
  • Special Thanks: Bob Meissner, Mike Mito, Sean Platter
AT SEGA
A Realtime Associates, Inc.
Sega Away Team Production
BUG! Japan Version
Source:
In-game credits (JP)

Magazine articles

Main article: Bug!/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1995-14: "1995-14 (1995-12-22)" (1995-12-08)

Physical scans

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
89
91 №35, p40/41
Sega Saturn
90
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
CD Consoles (FR)
64
[15]
Consoles + (FR) NTSC
95
[16]
Consoles + (FR)
94
[17]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
90
[7]
Edge (UK)
60
[18]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
79
[19]
Fusion (US)
100
[20]
Gambler (PL)
72
[21]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
94
[22]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
74
[23]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
85
[24]
GamePro (DE)
80
[25]
Gamers (DE)
80
[26]
Hobby Consolas (ES) PAL
91
[27]
Joypad (FR)
85
[28]
Joypad (FR) NTSC-U
85
[29]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
80
[30]
Maximum (UK)
75
[31]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
88
[32]
Magazina Igrushek (RU)
100
[33]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
94
[34]
Player One (FR)
85
[35]
Saturn+ (UK) PAL
89
[36]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
92
[8]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
95
[37]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
91
[38]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
63
[39]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
58
[40]
Strana Igr (RU)
53
[41]
Total Saturn (UK) PAL
78
[42]
Ultimate Future Games (UK) NTSC-U
90
[43]
Video Games (DE) PAL
85
[44]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
70
[45]
Sega Saturn
82
Based on
33 reviews

Bug!

Saturn, JP
Bug sat jp back cover.jpgBugBox jp.jpg
Cover
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Spinecard
Bug Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Bug Sega Saturn JP Manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, US
Bug Saturn US Box Back.jpgBugBox US.jpg
Cover
Bug sat us disc.jpg
Disc
Bug sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
BugBox eu.jpg
Cover
Bug sat eu disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, DE
Bug Sat DE cover.jpg
Cover
Bug sat eu disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, PT

Saturn, AU
Bug Sat AU cover.jpg
Cover
Bug sat eu disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, BR
Bug Saturn BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBug Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

PC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Hacker (HR)
71
[46]
LeveL (CZ)
71
[47]
PC Action (DE)
79
[48]
PC Gamer (US)
44
[49]
PC Games (DE)
76
[50]
PC Game Parade (IT)
80
[51]
Power Play (DE)
61
[52]
Score (CZ)
80
[53]
Secret Service (PL)
75
[54]
Windows PC
71
Based on
9 reviews

Bug!

PC, US
Bug PC US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBug PC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Disc
Bug PC US Box Back JewelCase.jpgBug PC US Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software)
Bug PC US Box Back Expert.jpgNospine.pngBug PC US Box Front Expert.jpgBug PC US Box Spine2 Expert.jpg
Cover
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Disc
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Jewel Case
PC, US (Expert Software; alt)

Bug PC US Box Front JewelCase Expert.jpg
Jewel Case
PC, US
(Jack in the Box)
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Cover
PC, EU
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Cover
Bug PC EU disc.jpg
Disc
Bug PC EU jc back.jpgBug PC EU Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
266,135,856 CD-ROM (EU) MK81004-50 V1.019
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
266,241,696 1995-10-06 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9063 V1.017
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
266,135,856 CD-ROM (US) 81004 V1.017
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-06-14 CD-R Page

Save data

The Sega Saturn version makes use of the Saturn's internal battery back-up to save progress. The game will save when an entire world is cleared.

Bug! Save Data
Name Comment File Size
BUG_SAVE_## BUG LEVELS 2

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: Saturn
  • Sega of America webpage: PC
  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Saturn

References

  1. File:Bug sat jp back cover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  3. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/4ClA7-GJFzA/m/0EQtdEX9-Y4J
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Press release: 1995-10-16: "BUG!"-mania hits Sega
  5. Sega Magazine, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-12), page 62
  6. https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.video.sega/c/jeaGoAYETIo/m/Oz54xDeTE1EJ
  7. 7.0 7.1 Computer & Video Games, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-14), page 52
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Magazine, "September 1995" (UK; 1995-08-13), page 56
  9. Games World Magazin, "" (DE; 1995-0x-xx), page 16
  10. Press release: 1996-08-26: Sega Entertainment kicks off fall line-up with free PC games promotions
  11. Press release: 1996-09-09: SEGA ENTERTAINMENT GLAD TO HAVE A BUG! IN ITS SOFTWARE LINEUP
  12. 12.0 12.1 Press release: 1997-06-20: Sega chooses Expert Software for PC distribution agreement
  13. PC Games, "11/96" (DE; 1996-10-02), page 108
  14. GamePro, "January 1996" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 25
  15. CD Consoles, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 98
  16. Consoles +, "Septembre 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 118
  17. Consoles +, "Novembre 1995" (FR; 1995-1x-xx), page 170
  18. Edge, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-28), page 73
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "August 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 38
  20. Fusion, "Volume 1, Number 1: August 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 78
  21. Gambler, "11/1996" (PL; 1996-xx-xx), page 1
  22. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 7: July 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 13
  23. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 9 September 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 58
  24. GamePro, "September 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 46
  25. GamePro, "November 1995" (DE; 1995-10-04), page 52
  26. Gamers, "November 1995" (DE; 1995-10-11), page 36
  27. Hobby Consolas, "Octubre 1995" (ES; 1995-xx-xx), page 74
  28. Joypad, "Octobre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 45
  29. Joypad, "Octobre (Joypad International supplement)" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 16
  30. MAN!AC, "10/95" (DE; 1995-09-13), page 66
  31. Maximum, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-01), page 147
  32. Mega Fun, "09/95" (DE; 1995-08-23), page 88
  33. Magazina Igrushek, "5/1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 93
  34. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-08-25), page 66
  35. Player One, "Octobre 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 110
  36. Saturn+, "Christmas 1995" (UK; 1995-12-14), page 61
  37. Sega Power, "November 1995" (UK; 1995-09-21), page 54
  38. Sega Pro, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-07), page 52
  39. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1995-13 (1995-12-08)" (JP; 1995-11-24), page 197
  40. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 16
  41. Strana Igr, "Mart 1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 101
  42. Total Saturn, "Volume One Issue Four" (UK; 1996-12-29), page 14
  43. Ultimate Future Games, "October 1995" (UK; 1995-09-01), page 72
  44. Video Games, "10/95" (DE; 1995-09-27), page 96
  45. VideoGames, "August 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 80
  46. Hacker, "12/1996" (HR; 1996-xx-xx), page 26
  47. LeveL, "Říjen 1996" (CZ; 1996-10-01), page 24
  48. PC Action, "11/96" (DE; 1996-10-16), page 106
  49. PC Gamer, "Vol. 4, No. 1: January 1997" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 259
  50. PC Games, "11/96" (DE; 1996-10-02), page 160
  51. PC Game Parade, "Dicembre 1996" (IT; 1996-1x-xx), page 77
  52. Power Play, "11/96" (DE; 1996-10-09), page 154
  53. Score, "Listopad 1996" (CZ; 1996-11-01), page 48
  54. Secret Service, "Grudzień 1996" (PL; 1996-11-01), page 26


Bug!

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Prereleases: Bug! Playable Preview (1995)
Sega Saturn
Prototypes: 1995-06-14
Games in the Bug! Series
Sega Saturn
Windows PC
Bug! (1995) | Bug Too! (1996)
LCD handheld game
Bug! (1997)
Sampler Discs
Sega Saturn
Bootleg Sampler (1995) | Bug! Playable Preview (1995) | Sega Screams Volume 1 (199x)