The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout

a game by Seika

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Platformer

See also:Disney Games, Bugs Bunny Games

  • Manufacturer: Bally/Midway

The year 1991 marks the 50th birthday of everyone's favorite rabbit, Bugs Bunny. To help celebrate, Bally has released Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball, and virtually every Looney Tunes character is in attendance for the bash.

Not only does this pinball table signal the silver anniversary of "that wascawy wabbit", but it also makes several firsts in the world of pinball. For starters, there's the two-sided Daffy Duck captive ball, and with every "Big Score" shot you'll earn 500, 000 points.

However, the really big points can be earned when you help Bugs blow out all nine candles. Once you do so, you'll light the bonus held by Honey Bunny worth 50 million points. That's right, 50 million points. Just for blowing out all the candles and shooting the ball back in the capture hole. This is a shot that most flipper players can handle; it's getting all the candles out that can prove to be difficult, because the number of candles Bugs will blow out each time you make it into the hole is random.

Other scoring possibilities include the "Tweety cake slide" for a million points and completing the target banks and spelling L-O-O-N-E-Y T-U-N-E-S for a possible million points. Let the Tasmanian Devil and She Devil take you on a shopping spree worth up to 500, 000 points or get an extra ball on the swirling Tasmanian Shop and Spree center ramp. Even when your game is over, you get a chance for a nice treat with the surprise present. Keep it and you could score 1 million extra points, or hit the special for an extra game.

This is one pinball machine with a large variety of targets and shots, and it should give any pinball player plenty of scoring options. On top of the tightly designed playfield, the pinball has excellent sound with all the voices of the characters playing their parts. From the whoosh sound as Bugs blows out his candles, to Yosemite Sam egging you on, to Tweety saying "I tot I saw an extra ball...I did, I did see an extra ball." If you're into pinball and you grew up with the Looney Tunes characters - name one person who didn't! - you'll love this one.

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