Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales (Jaguar)

Mike Matei / March 3rd, 2014

NOTE: This video was recorded before the AVGN Wish List episodes were started. That’s why I haven’t yet played the Bubsy games.



  • Aaron Reid

    March 3, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Hi Guys But Conker is a squirrel not a cat

    • z_thompson

      March 3, 2014 at 3:17 am

      I was hoping I wasn’t the only one to catch that.
      Conker was awesome, I loved playing that game.
      Interestingly, the Xbox remake is more dumbed down, and the N64 was considered more “kid friendly”. Hmmmm…

      • March 3, 2014 at 3:20 am

        Kid friendly? You are a fowl mouther squirrel that is drunk in the opening scene, he has to urinate on characters and slams a boss’ testicles with bricks and frying pans….that’s your definition of KID FRIENDLY?!? I agree…It was awesome!!!

      • March 3, 2014 at 3:25 am

        Apparently I can’t spell, I meant: *Foul mouthed
        Sorry for the fat fingers. I get in a hurry sometimes…

      • March 3, 2014 at 7:52 am

        This is the gaming world we live in. (not for the fact that Conker is a squirrel and awesome we all agree with that)

        Bayonetta 2 uncensored and the Wii U: then Nintendo is kid friendly.
        Censored South Park Stick of the Truth on PS3 and 360 but not PC: Microsoft and Sony are cool.

        Same happened with Conker, it’s censored only sometimes for comedic effect on the N64 but the N64 sucks, the XBOX version removes all bad wording but that’s an adults console?

        When this happended.

        But we all agree on something: Bugsby is a cat and his games are shit, no the SNES ones weren’t good it’s really a generic character and it’s supposed to be kid friendly, unlike conker witch cover had one of the first mature disclamers ever made, before ESRB and PEGI were effective.

        I mean, Go Ask Alice, the infamous novel and movie? That reference is not for a kid to get really, at least label this game for adults like conker did if you wanna go there.

        Bad taste.

      • lapearl

        March 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm

        Neither was considered ‘kid friendly’, the xbox port just said it was ‘live and reloaded’ and it was censored which made it arguably funnier. Having just replayed it I also noticed that Conker himself is not foul-mouthed. It was most everybody else that did the swearing. Death especially, when he talked about cats. Man he hated cats.

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Bubsy, ewwww

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Anyone remember GEX? That franchise suffered from similar issues as Bubsy 3-D, but was a bit more fun to play…
    Any comments?

    • smoke_th

      March 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

      yea i remember Gex. Lots of cheese and dated references, but plays out good.

    • Dsimon

      March 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      On n64, I used to love these games. It was pretty wacky.

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Great video. I would recommend the first Gex or Enter the Gecko, Deep Space 9 on Genesis, and a reproduction cart of Star Trek V.

    • March 3, 2014 at 3:23 am

      Enter the Gecko was my favorite of the series. The levels felt a bit more polished and the music was more tolerable.

  • Hobgoblinbutter

    March 3, 2014 at 3:19 am

    uhh the first level is named Go Ask Alice? Not really an appropriate reference for a kids game.

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:26 am

    I remember playing the Super Nintendo Bubsy games when I much younger and I really enjoyed them. I tried them as an adult, wanting to relive some nostalgia and there were pretty bad at an older age. This one looks even worse.

    • March 3, 2014 at 3:29 am

      I guess the novelty wears off as the years roll by…We have been ruined by to many fast paced FPS and explosive 3d graphics. That is one of the reasons I really like indie games. They explore new concepts that have their roots in what made classic and retro games so good…

    • March 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Actually, the Super Nintendo Bubsy games were comparably decent. I played the Jaguar one as a kid owning and liking one of the SNES Bubsy Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind. It’s so much worse. The Bubsy games have a weird backwards progress thing going on. The newer the game, the worse it is.

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Heathcliff predates Garfield by like 5 years!

  • March 3, 2014 at 4:01 am

    And here I thought the Genesis version seemed pointless! No really, you jump around in something that looks good, only to wonder what you are doing. In fact, what is Bubsy suppose to be doing anyways?

  • johnpseudo

    March 3, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Hey guys, if you still do that show in like 40 years you could be like the Statler and Waldorf of videogames (the two old guys on the balcony in the muppet show).

  • Johan Öberg

    March 3, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Why do your videos always cut out for me? Not a minute goes by before it happens, every other time! And every time it happens I have to watch the ad too. So annoying.

    • March 3, 2014 at 5:20 am

      What browser are you using?

      • Johan Öberg

        March 4, 2014 at 1:52 am


      • alex hacker

        March 4, 2014 at 2:27 am

        Using Firefox, with AdBlocker, and with no problem. Must be something else?

  • horrorshow

    March 3, 2014 at 5:16 am

    ‘If you run, you’re done’

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I like how you guys mistake Conker for a cat and immediately segue to Bubsy developers mistaking Bubsy for a squirrel.. 🙂

  • kenneth pedersen

    March 3, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Hey guys, try out Tom and Jerry house trap for ps1, it will be so fun to see you guys, wack the shit out of each other.

  • kenneth pedersen

    March 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Are we gonna see a comment video from you, on the death of Harold Ramis? ghostbusters 3 rumers are dead now for sure

  • ness_psiwarrior

    March 3, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Ya’ll have no right to bad mouth this game, It was your own flaws as gamers that was making it “bad” for you.

    the C button is your major attack, it is a glide attack, and if you hold it down while jumping you glide like Knuckles.

    And I am seriously disappointed in you guys, considering your clout I’d expect a lil more research done before you played the game.

    Bubsy’s Snes games are the best ones. Especially 2, you get a Gun, a black hole like in Who framed roger rabbit, a scuba suit, that you can use to enter a mini game, And yeah insanely fun mini games.

    • March 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Yeah, I’m always disappointed when I see that someone complains a game is bad when they don’t have/read the instructions or understand the controls. Basically, Bubsy has a regular jump that is a “high” jump, and then he has his hop-glide attack that lets you ease your way down onto enemies. The best method for long jumps is to do the high jump, then glide as far as possible in midair with the other button. No need to run and jump. This persists throughout the entire 2D series. The series definitely has flaws – the weird “pull-back” that the game gives you at the top of a jump, the one-hit-kills when the game emphasises fast running… but I enjoyed the first one on SNES enough. Couldn’t really get into the sequel.

      • ness_psiwarrior

        March 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

        exactly, like you said those are the worst flaws of the game, but in the end that isn’t too bad. Now i will say it looks like this one does not even have a password system, thats screwed up. But aside from that i feel the flaws aren’t big enough to define this as a “bad game” or at least not the whole series. As they keep doing in this video.

        I’d kinda hope Either James, or Mike would play the Snes, games before passing said judgement, After all you wouldn’t demonize the Zelda name, if all you played was the knock off system game I.E the CDI-Games. No you would go back and give their originals a try, and see there was a good game at one time.

        And yeah the one hit kill is annoying, but it is just one less than sonic, and I never had a problem with going fast, cause the glide effect works better in the originals.

      • March 8, 2014 at 9:56 am

        I agree that first SNES Bubsy was a fun and decent side-scroller.

        With all the hard platformers we’ve seen James play, it was really weird to see this one give him issues. I personally couldn’t get through level one as a kid (my uncle owned a Jaguar), I’ve never been as bad ass at these types of games.

        I bet they’d actually enjoy the SNES Bubsy games.

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I wondered when you dudes would play a Jaguar game again. Play some Jag!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Hey Mike, any chance of another Game Gear review on your modded console?

  • Don Skiver

    March 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Yay! New video!

    I’m not a fan of the Bubsy games either. He always felt like some corporate sell-out type of a mascost trying to be “too cool” for everyone. It’s the same way I felt about Sonic the Hedgehog. (Not that Mario isn’t a corporate sell-out…but at least he wasn’t irritatingly ‘extreme’ with a ‘bad attitude’… Sometimes I’m so ashamed of the 90s…)

  • Antjaman

    March 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Holy crap! When did you guys become so shitty at playing games? The last few videos have been hard to watch because it’s just you guys failing over and over at the simplest tasks.

  • Antjaman

    March 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

    LOL it seemed like two old men trying to figure out how to play one of them “newfangled vidya games”. You could barley jump on the parrots fucking head.

    • FJMcCloud

      March 4, 2014 at 3:24 am

      Sorry, even I have to come to their defense on this one.
      I am also the proud (?) owner of this game and was playing it just last week.

      It’s very hard to jump on anything because the hit boxes are imprecise. In fact, it scares you from touching ANYTHING for fear that even your attacks will fail and cause instant death. You become highly defensive. I can’t tell you how many times in this video they *successfully* attacked anything and I was cringing every time!

      Combine that with the loose control (this ain’t Super Mario) and the ever aggravating “Oh sure, let’s all torch the Bubster” vocal every time you die, and yes, you do indeed have a poor game. Not the Jag’s WORST game by any means. Just poor.

      So I stopped playing it and went back to Tempest 2000 instead.

  • Moose Of Woe

    March 3, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Defeated by Alice in Wonderland. This is a dark day for us all.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

    “Shit!! He touched my foot….” Classic.

  • mason saltalamachea

    March 3, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I liked bubsy on the snes back whenever. I never owned the console but my buddy did and had a shit ton of games. This is one I spent a fair amount of time on. I wouldn’t touch it again though like I do with a game like pilot wings from time to time… And fuck that controller man, sounded like they were pressing buttons on a switchboard.

  • Zombies Ate my Neighbor

    March 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Awesome Video, You should review Zombies ate my Neighbor

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Their also an Windows 95 Bubsy CD-ROM game. I never played it but what I saw makes it look like it’s just the SNES game with better video and audio.

  • dicobalt

    March 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    64 Bits of Bubsy: Coming this summer to a theater near you!

  • Wendy

    March 3, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I remember playing Bubsy on the SNES. Rented it from the video store at the time, but I don’t recall which one. I liked the game fine, I think, but I don’t recall if Bubsy spoke or not. Seems I would remember more. I was probably about 11 or 12 at the time.

    As for this one, looks okay, but seems you guys only really had trouble with the controls and I’m assuming that the t-shirt you got right before that “stop light” marker thing was an extra life.

    • ness_psiwarrior

      March 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      it was, they should have noticed that, especially at least in the final edit.

  • Carin Larsson

    March 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Thanks guys!

  • ghoshtbushterz

    March 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I get so frustrated watching James play whilst talking. I’m sat here with an imaginary controller and my thumbs are still twitching.

  • frostare

    March 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Ugh, you know a pun is bad when it hurts eventhough english is not your native language. Nice endurance guys!

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I want James and Mike to play Grabbed by the Ghoulies on Microsoft’s Xbox next time.

  • nitoro81

    March 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for not using that awful JW player!!!!

  • Wally

    March 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    There is another version of This on the app, it doesn’t have the Wish List disclaimer at the beginning and is 40 seconds longer

  • angel85

    March 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I only played the genesis Bubsy games (of which there were at least 2,) but it was REALLY clear that they were trying to make a Sonic clone the whole time. Bubsy looks like a character in Sonic’s style, and he even has similar animations like the tapping foot. I think he even had a catch phrase “What could possibly go wrong?” He even got a pilot for an animated cartoon which again was a cheap knock off of the Adventures of Sonic cartoon. The problem is that despite how much they tried to imitate Sonic they just couldn’t get it to work right, the screen is too tight and doesn’t scroll fast enough to see obstacles, and Bubsy’s acceleration curve is totally messed up. Even his gliding move is a pale imitation of Knuckles’ gliding move.

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Heathcliff 1973. Garfield 1978, so looks like Heathcliff came first, and Heathcliff drives a car. Garfield is just some dudes a cat.

  • fcabanski

    March 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Bubsy is the real world Poochie.

    • Kenshiroh

      March 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Bubsy’s one outrageous dude!

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I hope Bubsey never gets a HD Reboot.

    Maybe play Castlevania blood lines next…

  • Jcr3ws

    March 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    James and Mike you should review “Awesome Possum” for Sega, its not awesome by any means, but possibly worse than bubsy. Although I know Garfield has plenty of game titles, Caught in the Act being my fav., does Heathcliff have any titles??

  • March 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I love you guys 0_0…I fuckin love you!

  • Mikey Stone

    March 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Is it just me, or is it kind of frustrating watching James and Mike fail so much in these videos? Theyre supposed to be pros. Well maybe not pros, but theyre excellent at other games. Like contra for example. They cant even beat the 1st level in this Bubsy game. An 18 minute video of them just doing the same thing over and over again in the first level..

    • March 4, 2014 at 2:20 am

      Well, that might be because the game has extremely slippery controls.
      Every platforms seems to feel like it’s been greased up with 200 pounds of Olive oil

    • FJMcCloud

      March 4, 2014 at 3:33 am

      Never beaten it myself either. Only seen one person with the stamina to get to level 2.

      It’s not even impossible to do this stuff. This isn’t R-Type 3 or Ninja Gaiden 3. You just get aggravated by it. You don’t want to touch anything for fear it will kill you. You don’t want to die because you don’t want to hear his annoying voice.

      And then you realize the problem. It’s NOT R-Type 3 or Ninja Gaiden 3. Those games are HARD but they kick butt in spite of it all. You WANT to keep playing those games.

      And it’s not a Neo-Geo CD game with 1 minute load times that you want to keep playing anyway because the underlying Neo-Geo game is so good either.

      It’s just aggravatingly average. The reward isn’t enough to justify the effort.

  • allanf

    March 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    You guys didn’t recognize Rob Paulsen’s voice? He was Raphael in the 90’s TMNT!

    • FJMcCloud

      March 4, 2014 at 3:55 am

      Hey, no one’s perfect. 😉

      Rob Paulsen’s talented beyond belief, but in this case he’s emulating a voice started by someone else (Brian Silva) and done in the same vein as Bugs Bunny. (They said as much in the article in Nintendo Power volume 56, 1994, in the subscriber bonus section. And yes I really did know that by memory! :-p )

  • Alan Fletcher

    March 3, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Heithcliff was an alley cat, and Garfield was a house cat. You guys Rock but you forgot to think of this. I know you guys know.

    • Kenshiroh

      March 3, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Doesn’t Heathcliff live with the Nutmeg family? (The Wikipedia article is sort of vague about it.)

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    this was soooooooo frustrating to watch good job guys lol

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Was anyone else saying “USE THE GLIDE!!”? Bubsy is all about gliding, it makes it 1000 times easier.

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    James and Mike, there is an expression: “The poor man’s ___.” It would be used in the context of your heathcliff discussion. If we just assume everything is like you said, and disregard whatever the truth might be, then what you would say is: “Heathcliff is the poor man’s Garfield.” You could say: “Gobots is the poor man’s transformers.” In the media, when Aerosmith first came out, they called Aerosmith “The Poor Man’s Rolling Stone.” You can figure that one out. By the way, google plus doesnt keep track of my posts on this site. I dont know if it is supposed to, but it keeps track of all my youtube posts. Why doesnt this site keep track of my posts?

  • redbalmung

    March 4, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I hope for the continued health of your family, fortune be with you sir.

  • bobby brady

    March 4, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Hey guys Bobby Brady here i wrote something for us…”Well we are like JJ Fad and we’re here to rock rhymes like ours can never be stopped u see there is 3 of us and i know we’re fresh Mike James and Bobby are the best”

  • alex hacker

    March 4, 2014 at 2:29 am

    nice shirt James! Hahahhahaha

    great video too!

    Although Bubsy was much easier than portrayed, I enjoyed the dialog and game choice!

    Keep it up!

  • john lombardo

    March 4, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Hi James,
    you keep accidentally not making new AVGN episodes.
    Just wanted to bring it to your attention.

  • Jokke Makkonen

    March 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Love the sixpack james xD

  • Pablo1989

    March 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Yeah foes who killed you because touch your charr foot kinda stupid, that remind me old amiga game “Janosik” where our hero can die because your foes touch your tall mountaineer hat.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    March 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Nice video. Yeah, this game looks pretty bad. You should try the Genesis game. It’s pretty fun. It’s not spectacular, but it’s not bad. I beat it during a rental as a kid, so it’s definitely not as hard as this Jaguar game.

  • Aaron1375

    March 4, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Ugh, I have no desire to play this one. The music is putrid!

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I liked Bubsy (Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind) on SNES. that was a really fun game. I didn’t know who the hell he was when it was out, but I played it. all the time lol

    • March 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Me too. It’s weird that the newer the Bubsy game is, the worse it is. Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind was fun.

  • March 5, 2014 at 1:08 am

    hey James speaking of……cats and rabbits…. my outside cat has been seen laying on his back in the sun with a full gut and a rabbits foot hanging out of his mouth!!!!! seriously

  • Kevin Nadeau

    March 5, 2014 at 3:27 am

    This character is a cat? it look like more a squirrel with big feet

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    James, you’re wearing the best outfit evah.

  • gluserty

    March 6, 2014 at 4:35 am

    This game is pizza garbage (yeah, regular garbage is too good for this game).

  • Retro-Fan

    March 6, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I’m surprised that they didn’t mention how distorted Bubsy’s head looks when going up a slope. Seriously, how do you miss that? It looks awful!

  • etienne rioux

    March 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    lol my favorite fairy tale is fairy tail lol

  • March 9, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Talking about cats in media but no mention of Topcat? I am dissapoint.

  • likalaruku

    March 11, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I liked Bubsy 2, but it’s a tie on awful between Bubsy 3D & the failed TV pilot.

  • Strazdas

    March 12, 2014 at 6:54 am

    The cat should have acted like this one: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/132838-Angry-Cat-Traps-Family-In-Bedroom-Forces-911-Call

    That cat manages to beat up humans!

  • March 19, 2014 at 5:11 am

    i wonder if this game would of been more better on snes and sega genesis… it was only on Jaguar… i don’t see how it could not of been ported over… IMO if this game would of been released in this era it would of been an add-on for the first bubsy game. or the sonic and knuckles lock-on cart.

  • Froston4

    March 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    You guys should play cool spot and the cheetos sega game

  • Froston4

    March 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    And planet funkatron

  • videogamehunter820

    October 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I can’t speak for everyone else, but the reason I HATE Bubsy is b/c it is SOOOOOO blatantly obvious that the makers were just trying to make a Mario or Sonic clone. Also, his games have no structure; there’s no main villain, no recurring enemies or mechanics etc. (like jumping on turtle shells or bouncing springs, etc.). It just feels like a bunch of random ideas put into the game with no thought or direction. The makers just wanted to get the same success that Mario and Sonic had without putting as much effort into it. Screw them, Bubsy got the shitty legacy that he deserved.

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