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a game by Accolade
Genres: Educational/Kids, Platformer
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 7.8/10, based on 7 reviews
User Rating: 7.1/10 - 17 votes
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See also: 2D Platformer Games, Side Scroller Games, Bubsy Games
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Middle America unite! The twin queens of the Planet Rayon, Poly and Ester, have invaded Planet Earth. The Woolies have woven a nefarious scheme to plunder the Earth's wool. There's only one creature brave enough, strong enough, and smart enough to unravel the Woolies' plot. That's right, it's... Bubsy? Hmm... Don't spit up a hairball. One or two players will find that gathering wool across this action/adventure game's 16 chapters of multi-scrolling play is more fun than catnip.

A Tale of Two Kitties

Veterans of the Bubsy wars on the SNES will have to wait for Bubsy 2 for the continuing saga of the bobtailed wonder. The Genesis version of the game is an almost pixel-for- pixel twin of its predecessor, with a few minor improvements worth purring over.

Bubsy's game play is nonlinear and has multiple ways to work through each chapter. You can go backwards, forwards, up, and down to your heart's content. Even more purr-fect, each of the chapters has hidden surprises in the tradition of the current cream of the action/adventure crop, such as Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Look for warp caves, bonus rounds, and more.

ProTip: Climb the fifth stalk in Chapter 13 and use it to warp straight to a bonus round.

As Bubsy prowls through each of the game's 16 chapters, he's got to reclaim balls of yarn stolen by the Woolies (little alien creatures), and pounce on more than a few fur-ocious Woolies in the process. This feline scavenger hunt includes a romp through the village, an amusement park frolic complete with roller coasters and sideshows, a speeding battle across the top of a train, a slink through a dusty, dangerous desert, a river rampage, treetop antics, and a final showdown in the Woolies' spaceship.

Each chapter's original, but what really makes Bubsy work are the game's dozens of clever obstacles: log flume water slides (that even turn upside down), roller coasters, waterfalls, rivers that you can turn on and off, and more.

  • Did you forget to turn off the water? Search for switches in Chapters 1, 2, and 3, as well as 10, 11, and 12.
  • Stand on top of the manhole covers in Chapters 1, 2, and 3 to see what happens.
  • Use the strongman platforms in Chapters 4, 5, and 6 to leap to new heights.
  • Pounce on giraffe's heads in Chapters 7, 8, and 9 for some power-up surprises.

Each of the chapters is illustrated with vividly colored cartoon-style graphics. The Genesis game's graphics, although limited by a weaker color palette, are identical to Bubsy on the SNES. Highly entertaining and detailed backgrounds serve as a backdrop for the antics of Bubsy and the Woolies. Bubsy in particular has tons of entertaining animations, including more than nine ways to bite the dust, impatient mugging, and otherwise endearing expressions.

Bubsy's attitude gets an added edge with a slew of digitized wise-cracking comments that express his unique slant on life. A perky variety of tunes add to the ambiance, ranging from the carnival-style amusement park ditties to the Star Wars-esque melodies during the final battle in the Woolies' ship.

Bubsy, Can You Spare a Climb?

An invasion force of Woolies bobs up at every turn, trying to put Bubsy into permanent hibernation. It only takes a single touch by a Woolie, a lobbed egg, or a rolling cheese wheel to stop Bubsy dead in his paw prints.

Don't spit up a hairball, though. Cats always land on their feet. Plus, with a little help from you, Bubsy can hop 'n' bop even the nastiest of Woolies. Even the boss Woolies at the end of every third chapter require little more than a pounce or two to put them out of commission. Although the game has enough interest to capture the attention of battle-scarred gamers for a time, the game's more slanted toward beginning or intermediate gamers.

It's easy to defeat the Woolie boss at the end of Chapter One. Just pounce on each of the Woolie ships two times when it's open.

The Bubster's got nine lives, and more moves than any old alley cat. He can run, glide, duck, look up, look down, flip, slide, and bounce. Fortunately, Bubsy's Genesis moves are easier to execute than his SNES moves. The three-button configuration is simple to master. It's easier to glide, and the controls are much tighter. Bubsy can maneuver with enough precision to please even hardened tabbies, and he stays where he lands!

  • Remember to glide. This move is one of the most effective in Bubsy's repertoire, especially for crunching Woolies.

Although Bubsy doesn't wear the pants in this game, he does wear a trademark T- shirt. This enables him to slip more than a few power-ups up his sleeve. Look for Bubsy T-shirts hidden throughout each chapter: White ones give temporary invincibility, black ones temporary invisibility, and small Ts with the number one or two on them are 1-ups. Other power-ups include yarn balls, industrial-sized crates of yarn, continues, and Wool-gas-matrons (for tons of points).

  • The Bubsy manual is quite amusing. If you don't have time to read It, though, watch the demo. It'll tell you all you need to know.
  • Grab 500 balls of yam for a 1-up.
  • Don't forget to grab the easy continue in Chapter 1's village.

Cat Scratch Fighter

Bubsy may not be the top dog on the action/adventure scene -- the game isn't quite put together as well as the speedy hog sagas. However, diverse game play with plenty of surprises, a creative and amusing story line, and some classy graphics and tunes make the Bubmeister a contender. This is one cool cat.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

Ahh, Bubsy, is there a more iconic failed mascot than you? The funny thing about this game is that before it was released there was a ton of hype about this. Some magazines were calling this a Sonic beater and while it is funny to look back at now. Many people were very excited about this game and it received a great deal of press before it would grace us with its presence.

Why Is It Always Aliens?

The full name of the game is actually Bubsy: In Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind which is a fun title and also pretty fitting. I say that because the “story” of the game is a play on those classic alien invasion type movies. In this game, aliens are invading and they are trying to steal the supply of yarn balls. Bubsy, being a cat is having none of that!

Saturday Morning Cartoon

One of the best things that this game has going for it is the presentation. This is a fantastic looking game and at the time people were really pulled in by these visuals which did look like a cartoon. If you ask me, most of the development went into the art of this game. Bubsy is a cool looking character with a lot of attitude which all 90s “mascots” had to have.

The level design from an art point of view is also very well done. There are lots of little details and the 16 levels do actually have a lot of personality. When I look back now, I can see why so many people were sucked in by this game as it looked great at the time.

Hey, Just Take The Yarn And Leave Me Alone

I will say that I feel the first Bubsy game is not as horrible as people make out. This is an action platformer that has a lot of problems. To start with it is a one-hit kill system at play here and enemies come out of freaking nowhere all the time. They do give you 9 lives and there is a checkpoint system in each level, but you will go through those 9 lives so fast!

Bubsy moves way to fast and the levels are designed to trip you up all the time. Turning left to right or right to left has this weird snapping effect that takes a long time to get used to. The whole game is more frustrating than it is fun. It takes a great deal of patience and dedication to learn the levels.

The first game in the series I will say is not as bad as most people make out. Is Bubsy: In Claws Encounter of the Third Kind a great game? No, I would probably say it very closely borders on being classed as “good”. However, if you suck it up and get better at the game there is fun to be had here. You just have to be willing to overlook all of the games flaws of which there is a lot. The thing is, there are so many great SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis platformers that you have to ask yourself if you are willing to spend ages getting good at a game that is just ok.


Final Score


  • Bubsy is a kind of cool character
  • The visuals are nice and bright
  • You have lots of levels to play through
  • Some of the ideas are fun
  • The history behind Bubsy is really interesting


  • The game is more frustrating than fun
  • He is the poster boy for the failed mascot!
  • Theme: Action
  • Available: 1993
  • Levels: 16+

Bubsy the Bobcat is prowling onto the Super NES with help from his friends at Accolade.

Journey throughout four worlds to pick up as many yarn balls as you can but beware of the evil Woolies! These nasty yarn balls could mean the destruction of the world, not to mention you! You'll encounter many obstacles, like the flying fish; you look very munchable to them! Have a ball - a yarn ball, that is!

People say:


While I enjoyed the detail in Bubsy, the play mechanics and lack of a diversified technique to learn and master brought this cart down a couple of points. All the elements are here, but a lot of the finesse that similar games demand just isn't! found here. The levels are long, however, and the game does have its moments.


The year of the bobcat? After playing this cart I can truly say that this game is terrific! Bubsy's tons of animations really add a humorous side to the game and his voice before each level is also funny. The level effects are great with colorful graphics and many hidden areas to find. What more could you ask for?


Bubsy is an excellent new action cart for the Super NES! The graphics are really impressive and the parallax scrolling in some of the levels is awesome. The music is really good, too. The levels are huge and there are plenty of secret rooms to look for. The game gets a little repetitive and the bosses are very weak.


Poor Bubsy lost his Yam Balls. After several hours of intense game play, I've come to the conclusion that the antics of Bubsy wav overshadow the game itself. The characters are cute, the animations are wonderful, but the game gets lost amid Bubsy's great death scenes and comic actions. Almost a 9, but not quite.

A brand new hero is hot on the video gaming scene. Who's all the hype about? A bodacious little bobcat named Bubsy. He's got the main part in the newest gaming sensation for the Super NES from the folks at Accolade. This cart promises to be a whopping 16 MEG of action full of topnotch sights and sounds! Where does all that memory go, you ask? Well, Bubsy features some of the slickest animation and visual effects ever seen in a home video game!

But it doesn't stop there. The music is filled with quality instruments and the sound effects are excellent digitized samples. The game play is reminiscent of Mario and Sonic type carts and features a variety of different elements as well as tons of hidden rooms and secrets to find in each level. For example, if you slip on a banana peel in the first section of level one, you will fall into the manhole and be placed in a special underground room.

The game is split into 5 worlds and each world has 3 sections. There are also bonus levels in most of the worlds, but the cart is still unfinished and the number of hidden rooms is still a mystery. Bubsy is shaping up to be one of the most promising titles next year and may be a strong contender for game of the year for Super NES in 1993!

The cat's out of the bag -- at last! Bubsy the Bobcat makes his long-awaited appearance in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind for the SNES. Bubsy's creators at Accolade hope to keep you purring with their new trademark character, and they probably will. This cat's excellent graphics and great digitized voice make this rollicking, multi-scrolling adventure well worth the wait.

Woolie Worries

If you haven't kept up with Bubsy, here's the story line: Our feline hero's problems begin in outer space with Planet Rayon's queens, Polly and Ester. Rayon uses wool for fuel, so they've swiped all the wool from Earth.

In order to reclaim Earth's wool, Bubsy must run, jump and fly to snatch Yarn Balls scattered across five chapters with three regular stages and a bonus stage in each. As with other trademark character games, there's a lot of territory for Bubsy to cover and you may never travel the same route twice. Bubsy goes wool-hunting through an amusement park, a desert, a train, several villages, and a forest.

The Woolies, yarn snatchers from Rayon, are your primary adversaries, but you also fight red-hot Hotdogs, gum-spitting Gumball Machines, tumblin' Grumble- weeds, snappin' Sand Sharks, and a zany zoo of other critters, so keep your claws sharpened!

Cat-Like Moves

Bubsy's moves are limited, but they work very well. You can run, duck, and Pounce (the catty version of a jump). You also get a smooth Glide move that makes you fly through the air. There are no weapons, but your claws will really give your enemies pause. When you Pounce on them, you become an indestructible furball of fury. If Bubsy slips in one area, it's that he slips... literally. When he runs, he tends to keep on running, even when you're not pressing the control pad. This is an intentional feature of the controls, but it'll cost you a few lives and a lot of frustration until you get the hang of it, especially on the extra tiny ledges. If Polly and Ester's minions become too much for you to handle, you do have a few tricks to keep you going. The Chapters are punctuated with Exclamation Marks throughout. Reach these points in the game, and you start there the next time you knock a life off of your starting nine. The T-Shirt power-ups keep your back covered with 1-ups, 2-ups, invisibility, and extra continues. Find a red circular arrow, and you'll be invincible. If you really need some help, grab a friend for alternate two-player combat.


  • It's much easier to wipe out Woolies when you soar onto their skulls than it is when you hop on their heads.
  • Run along the tops of stalls in the first part of Chapter 2. You will see some small ledges above you.
  • Sometimes you'll discover a bonus warp zone filled with yam if you exit a passage and then re-enter it.

Award-Winning Sights and Sounds

Bubsy doesn't pull the wool over your eyes or your ears. If you want to win a cat show, looks count, and Bubsy deserves a blue ribbon. The graphics lend bright colors to the adventure-driven bobcat. Bubsy's animations give the kitty personality. He teeters on one paw when he's too close to an edge, turns into an accordion after falling too far, and grimaces about flyaway hair when he's drenched with water.

Other cute feline personality traits shine through Bubsy's neat digitized voice. Even though it's repetitious at times, it's a nice touch overall.

  • Jump up until you reach a big ledge, where you can jump up for an invisibility T-Shirt.
  • To beat the big yam saucers at the end of Chapter 1, get to the right of the screen by jumping over them after they land. Then, keep jumping and Gliding towards them. Two easy bops, and they're history.
  • When starting out in Chapter 10, go down the ledges and wait on the last ledge that's right above the water. A turtle will come by pushing a log raft toward the left of the screen. Jump on the log raft until you reach a ledge. Start hopping up the ledges until you get the 2-up T-Shirt that you had a glimpse of at the start of the Chapter.

Almost Purr-Fect

Bubsy is a must for any gamer's library. Hot on the trail of Sonic The Hedgehog (in fact, a Genesis version is due soon), this cat really moves! He may not be as fast as Sonic, but he definitely has a lot more purrrr-sonality.

Spinning Yarn into Gold

The Earth has been invaded by Woolies, the inhabitants of the planet Rayon. They're in search of yarn, which fuels their high-fiber plasma engines. Aware of their Woolie planet's wool shortage, Rayon's Twin Queens, Polly and Esther, have sent their best Yarn Plated Saucers of Silk to gather more string -- but they didn't reckon on having to deal with a yarn-spinning critter like Bubsy.

With a Sonic-like twist, Bubsy will run, hop, and soar into your hearts by collecting yarn balls instead of rings.This kitty's sitting pretty with over 50 animated actions and a digitized voice. Both will captivate you and make you laugh through all five multi-scrolling worlds, each with three levels. The action doesn't stop, even after you've stopped chasing your tail. Bubsy ends his saga with a bonus level. While you claw your way through this game, don't forget to stop and take a look at the colorful, cartoony, elaborate graphics. If you like its looks, wait till you hear the music and sounds.

In addition to Woolies, Bubsy catfights with a prairie full of enemies, such as Horny Toads, Gila Lizards, Giraffes on Trains, Gum Ball Machines, and more. His only weapon is his furry clawed feet, but they can slap a pretty mean womp to the head.

The first Bubsy game was released in 1992 by Accolade, for the SNES and Genesis. In this 15-level action game you are Bubsy the bobcat, who have to defeat the Woolies the aliens, which steal balls of yarn. There are at least 500 yarn balls in each level, some with over 1000 (however, the counter will only display up to 999). Each time to finish the level you have to defeat the boss, who sits in alien ship.

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