Bubsy 3D (also known as Bubsy is 3D in Furbitten Planet) is a platforming game released for the PlayStation in 1996. It's the fourth Bubsy game in the series, and was the last one for over 20 years until Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back was released on October 31, 2017.
Bubsy's old enemies from the first game, the Woolies, abduct him and took him to their home planet Rayon. It's up to him to collect atoms, rocket parts, and to defeat the Woolie Queens Poly and Ester in order to escape. If Bubsy doesn't find all the rocket parts it malfunctions, leaving him stranded on Rayon. If he does find all the rocket parts, the rocket flies so fast it sends him to the prehistoric era.
Why It Sucks
- Confusing story. The bad guys kidnap a foe who can put a stop to their plans, and they refer to rocket parts and atoms as useless, yet abundant resources....wait, what?
- Both the "bad ending" and "good ending" are still bad and are very insulting; regardless of ending, Bubsy is still stranded away from Earth, meaning the Woolies are still free to invade it.
- Very poor graphics and presentation. The graphics are almost mostly nothing but texture-less polygons and the floor is mostly a checkerboard pattern, or random polygons have textures.
- This game tries way too hard to be funny, with all of the level names being cat puns of other pieces of media, but the levels themselves have nothing to do with the puns.
- Dreadful level design, to the point one must find bugs to progress the levels in some cases.
- Levels have two hidden collectible rockets each, but it's never explained how you're supposed to get them.
- Bubsy's gliding is still not explained.
- Dreadful sounds design; the music consists of mostly annoying sounds, and the sounds enemies make isn't any better.
- Very poor navigation: in order to beat the first boss of the game, you have to glide over the residue of the yellow energy balls the boss fires at you to fly higher so you can damage the boss, but you wouldn't know that without looking it up.
- Bubsy uses Tank controls, which are very uncomfortable and stiff.
- Controls are unresponsive. If Bubsy is running at full speed it will take him more than 2 seconds after releasing the D-pad for him to stop. You have to turn yourself towards the direction you want to move to instead of holding the D-pad or joystick, making something as simple as getting the basic collectible item difficult.
- False Advertising: The North American cover of the game states that it received a positive review from EGM. EGM actually gave it a negative review that was quote-mined for the cover. This only applies to NTSC regions, though.
- The camera is uncontrollable. Every time you jump, the camera always changes to an overhead view which makes platforming harder than it already is. On top of that, whenever you get hit, the camera spins round in front of the character, causing a fair amount of disorientation.
- The Woolies don't move, they only shoot small projectiles which are difficult to dodge because of the horrible control. The game continues to reuse them over and over without any form of variation aside from a recoloring. Even though they don't move it's still hard to jump on them due to the controls and horrible hit detection. Some of them you can't even kill as well.
- The enemies will even spawn from nowhere, getting cheap shots on the player.
- The European version's back of the box consists only of screenshots.
- Bubsy has Super Drowning Skills, but because of the flat, texture-less polygon graphics, it's hard to tell what's supposed to be water. Even worse, every time you touch water, you have to see about 20 seconds of Bubsy drowning.
- If Bubsy runs off a ledge, he does not enter a free-fall so he can land on a lower platform, instead, he instantly dies. This happens a lot in level 2.
- The engine used causes some really bad depth perception, as enemies tend to be further away than they seem, and can mess up your jumps as a result.
- Very few bosses, as there are only three bosses in this entire game.
- The gliding is uncontrollable and if you look carefully you will notice that you actually fall faster.
- When you finish a level you get to see a clip where Bubsy dies, which feels weird for a level completion screen.
At release, critics gave mixed reviews for Bubsy 3D, as at the time very few 3D platforming games were published, with only two other games, Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario 64 being released in 1996.
Despite having many negative reviews, Bubsy 3D actually had a few good reviews with its release. Absolute PlayStation gave it a score of a 67%. DieHard, GameFan, and Next Generation, however, reviewed the game quite favorably as well. Contrary to popular belief, PSExtreme is a real magazine, and it did actually give the game a 93%, along with their "Gold X Award" as an approval to play the game (and is even listed on the EXcavate rating list from PSExtreme). However, due to the unpopularity of the magazine in general, a mistaken rumor suggested that the magazine and the award were fake, and Accolade simply used them as a way to promote the game.
However, retrospectively, Bubsy 3D was critically panned by critics and fans alike, and it is now considered as one of the worst games of all time. In fact, it has been said that even most Bubsy fans hate this game. Many critics called this a Mario rip-off as Super Mario 64 was released earlier in the same year, and say this game is worse than the movie Plan 9 from Outer Space and Battlefield Earth. Bubsy 3D's reception was so negative that Accolade went out of business shortly after its release in 2000.
The lead developer had said that the game was supposed to be an early 3D game, but no one accepted that excuse because other far superior 3D games came out before Bubsy 3D. Because of that, he tried to blame this game's failure on Super Mario 64.
When Somecallmejohnny reviewed the series via his donators' marathon, he described Bubsy 3D as a platforming project that would've been passable had it come out before Super Mario changed the industry back in 1985.
Despite what was said on the cover, EGM stated they never said anything positive about the game and actually gave it a 3.25 out of 10. The quote was taken completely out of context from a preview article and twisted to make it sound positive. Said quote didn't even come from the review itself.
In his second wish list episode, The AVGN said the game felt unfinished and by that, he meant "it was barely started at all."
Surprisingly, the game found a rather interesting selling point which several YouTube game reviewers mentioned: It's so bad that it needs to be played to be believed. Caddicarus commented that it's a good thing that the game exists, as it serves as a good "How not to make a video game" example.
YouTube game reviewer The Retro Replay has "Bubsy 3D" as the lowest possible score in his rating system, and is his most hated video game. Once he stated, "The only thing worse than getting the Bubsy 3D rating, is actually being Bubsy 3D".
- Coincidentally, the North American version was released on the Halloween of 1996, or October 31, 1996, twenty-one years before the next Bubsy game.
- On the back of the box, they advertise having life pickups, which is a standard feature in most games.
- The game was originally going to be released for the Sega 32X, but due to the unsuccessful European release of the 32X, Accolade held back the rights, until the game would be released on a more stable platform.
- A Sega Saturn version of the game was planned but was canceled due to the game's poor reception. It was going to be based on the original 32X version.