Puggsy

a game by Traveller's Tales

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genres: Educational/Kids, Platformer

Puggsy

Did you think this game involved the fat kid in the Addams Family? Puggsy's certainly chubby, but he's no kid, and his family is 15 light years away! However, this little lost E.T. has plenty of smarts to think through Earthly dilemmas, giving young gamers an island full of interesting challenges.

Puggs Punny

Puggsy is nothing if not good- humored. With a perpetual grin plastered on his orange face, he cheerfully confronts more than 50 levels of problems while stranded on Earth.

ProTip: The opening animation shows the outer space mishap that sends Puggsy hurtling Earthward. Study the lengthy Demo that follows to learn what Puggsy can do.

Because he's short, pudgy, and slow, he doesn't have many physical skills. What he does have, however, is Total Object Interaction (TOI). He can pick up and use the hundreds of objects found in the 17 lands. In this slow, methodical game, the trick is to figure out exactly what Puggsy needs, and how he needs to use it, to get past the swooping birds, perplexing puzzles, and cartoony Guardians on the island.

Defeat the first Beach Guardian by darting between his claws and popping six of the rising gas bubbles. The shells inside will bop Herman the Hermit on the head.

Control is easy once you get the hang of things. Puggsy throws with deadly accuracy, lifts objects easily to make climbable stacks, and even flies through the air with the greatest of ease by grabbing balloons. There's good detail in the TOI -- heavy objects don't fly as far as light ones, Puggsy can't jump high when he's holding something, and not everything floats.

A Junior mode helps you sort through these laws of physics and master the controls. Test that mastery against the clock in the Time Trial. Passwords enable you to pick up where you left off in this long and increasingly challenging game.

To hold onto his gun while crossing this island pond, Puggsy's got to bounce several times between objects to nudge them closer to the ledge.

E.T. on the Eyes

Just as the game play will intrigue young gamers, so too will the graphics and sound captivate young eyes and ears. Puggsy's island is a colorful place layered with multi-scrolling backgrounds. The enemies have a simple cartoony grouchiness to them -- those eight Guardians, for instance, have names like Halitosis the Dragon and Polly Pirate. The opening animation is pixilated and blurry.

  • Time your jumps right and Puggsy can bounce high off these blue-colored balls to get hard-to-reach objects.
  • Stack one barrel and bounce off it while holding another barrel, which Puggsy can then stand on to reach the next plateau.
  • Puggsy can throw with accuracy. Toss this key at the pesky seagulls -- they'll take off, but the key will return.

The sounds are both cute and descriptive. Buoyant island themes waft gently through the levels, and appropriate sound effects accompany the items that Puggsy picks up.

Tropical Treat

Though veteran gamers will quickly tire of Puggsy, younger players will enjoy his island antics. They're as gentle and friendly as an afternoon on Gilligan's Island.

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  • Manufacturer: Psygnosis
  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: November 1993
  • Number of Levels: 51
  • Theme: Action

Puggsy is an alien from another world who finds himself completely lostwhile cruising around in his space-ship. He decides to get directions and pulls over to the nearest planet. He lands his spacecraft on a beach to catch some rays. Later, he discovers his ship is missing and a gang of large alien raccoons is in hot pursuit of his bulbous extraterrestrial body.

Now he must elude the raccoons and their alien buddies, while making his way across a puzzle-filled world in search for his only hope for survival, his stolen spaceship. Help Puggsy out of this predicament and find a huge assortment of tools hidden throughout the land to pass each puzzling area. There are 51 levels of increasingly tough puzzles in this alien world!

reggie posted a review

You've played these games, you know the score: First there were rapid rodents, and then came the manic mammals and now we've got frantic felines. You know you've got the moves to shred the rest, it's time to add brains to your arsenal. Meet Puggsy, he's a goofy little alien with a laid back attitude. But he's in a terrible jam. While catching rays on some random planet, the local bad guys scooped his space-ship. Now he's on a frenzied search through a puzzling alien world; and, as we know, extra terrestrials can't get home without their ride.

Puggsy takes you through 50 plus levels of cartoon quality play, filled with secret rooms, hidden levels and "Easter eggs" and featuring; Total Object Interaction (TOI) Puggsy actually uses his arms to control forty different objects, solving puzzles and zapping over 100 different alien creatures, as he waddles his way through 17 bizarre lands. With a multitude of sound FX and tunes, Puggsy takes you on an adventure that's endlessly entertaining.

reggie posted a review
  • Release: 1993
  • Levels: 51

People say:

7

Puggsy looks like it was originally a computer game for some reason. It's a sort of action/puzzle cart in a sense. It animates and controls very well. Puggsy should entice experienced players as well as the youngsters. Though I have no idea what he is, I like Puggsy. The music is very tropical which is cool. Should you be looking for a suitable game for kids, Puggsy will fit the bill. This game is strange yet fun.

7

Just what is Puggsy? It could be the greatest mystery of our time. Anyway, this game is cute. It has extremely colorful graphics (on the Genesis no less) with music that seems like it's right from the Amiga computers. Basically, you must wander thought all the levels and collect pieces of Puggsy's spaceship. Original? Maybe. Fun? Yes! Puggsy's animations and features make this a good game for kids and adults.

7

I'm not much of a puzzle game fan, but this is actually pretty good. While the game's graphics and sound are nothing special, it still stands on its own as a decent mind-bender. There are a lot of levels with neat little tasks you can get Puggsy to do. The problem is it could get monotonous which ends up making you not wanting to play the rest of the other levels. A good game to play on a boring, snowy day.

7

A cute little character, but he's kind of sluggish. This looks like an Amiga game, which isn't bad, but it doesn't have great control or playabilty to go along with its good looks. There is a lot of strategy and its cute nature may appeal to kinds, but it gets a bit redundant after a while. Overall, it's a puzzle game and it takes a bit of patience to make it through some levels. Still, its cute graphics will keep you coming back.

reggie posted a review

Puggsy is a platform game with a combination of action and puzzle-solving elements.

You control the the creature Puggsy, who has crash landed on an alien planet and had his spaceship stolen. Your goal is find the spaceship so you can get off the planet and return home. To do this, you will need to make your way from the start to the exit of numerous levels which take place in a variety of environments. Throughout each level are a variety of objects which you can pick up; on many of the levels you will need to figure out how to use the objects available to you in order to reach the exit. Some objects can used (like a gun or keys), and objects may be thrown, moved around and stacked. Of course, each level will also have a variety of bad guys wandering about which will cost Puggsy one of his lives if he's caught. On your quest there will also be six evil guardians which will need to be defeated before you get your spaceship back!

Puggsy may not be the most obvious hero, just being an orange blob. But fighting your way through over 50 levels of intense action it's up to you to rid 17 strange places of alien enemies. There are over 40 objects that you can interact with and control. With two skill levels and some addicting gameplay, as well as puzzles to solve, this is one unique game.

Puggsy features:

  • 17 strange environments
  • Over 50 levels
  • More than 100 alien enemies to beat
  • Intense puzzles
  • Amazing one-player action
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