Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back recently released on PlayStation 4 and other systems, and the 2D platformer didn’t get glowing praise. Beyond our own 4/10 score, it’s currently sitting at a 45% average on OpenCritic. While that has to be disappointing, especially amidst teases of even more Bubsy being on the way, the main character is at least taking the news well on Twitter.
Check out Bubsy’s hilarious response to the reviews below:
— Bubsy (@BubsyThe_Bobcat) November 8, 2017
It’s quite possible that one of the reviews Bubsy read was our own Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back review. While I didn’t wind up loving the furball’s comeback, I did find some positives in what was a less than stellar package:
Sadly, there are only three boss fights in Bubsy. That’s not due to them being spread out throughout The Woolies Strike Back, as they appear every three to four levels. No, Bubsy is just ridiculously short. Despite being priced at $29.99, I was able to finish the game in less than two hours (I wasn’t timing it, but I’d estimate it to be around 90 minutes). Right when Bubsy starts to hit some strides (the later platforming levels are more fun than the early ones since they rely more on avoiding foes and using his glide ability) it suddenly ends as Bubsy reacquires his yarn.
It’s easy to crack jokes about the return of Bubsy not turning out great, but I don’t feel that The Woolies Strike Back is a pure misfire. After all, the boss fights are filled with smart and satisfying design. If that type of level design was seen in the main game (and there was simply more to do in general), then we’d be looking at a very different game. There’s potential for Bubsy to be a relevant 2D platformer in the future, and I’d like to see Accolade take another shot at bringing the furball back to prominence.
And so, Bubsy can wait. He knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by. His soul slides away, but “don’t look back in anger,” I heard you say.