Bubsy is the most iconic example of 90s platformer mascots taking it one step too far. He’s too cute in his design, and his appearance clashes harshly with all of that cool ‘tude lurking within his soul. At the same time, he doesn’t take either element to the proper extremes, failing to be as cute as contemporaries Ristar or Sparkster or having the attitude to compare with Sonic.
In other words, his design clashes with his personality, he’s about as middle of the road as they come, and the games he starred in are either forgettable or have a reputation as some of the worst ever made.
Of course, he’s getting a reboot! Because the motto of the 2010’s is “Let no nostalgia go unexploited!” Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back will be coming to the PS4 and Steam from Black Forest Games, developers of another obscure mascot revival called Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.
Thankfully, for our sanity, the game scraps the misplaced ideals of Bubsy 3D in favor of a 2D approach similar to the first two games in the series. Despite what you might have heard, these are at least semi-competent platforms not worthy of the derision that the mascot’s trip into 3D receives. Worthy of derision, certainly, but not among the worst games ever made.
Black Forest Games knows its stuff, too
I can’t think of a better studio to lead this project either. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a revival that nobody asked for, but it did rather well for itself on the critical front, often headlining Humble Bundles and Steam sales alike. It’s not a masterpiece, but when seen as a retooling of sub-par a Super Mario knock-off, “solid” is the perfect word to describe it.
If the studio can breathe the same fresh feeling into another forgotten, obscure franchise, Bubsy just might have a chance to make a comeback, something I never thought I’d ever say in my entire life.
Keep an eye out for Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back this fall for the PlayStation 4 and PC.