Bubsy in claws encounters of the furred kind is a 1993 platform game from Accolade. Back when this was getting previewed in the magazines of the day, it was being hyped as the ‘Sonic and Mario Killer”.
Seems like it’s fair to say this was an extreme exaggeration to build hype for the release of the game. But in all truth, it’s a pretty solid platformer, but certainly not worthy of a comparison to our plumber and hedgehog counterparts.
Also, the aim of the game, is to guide Bubsy around each stage. With enemies called “Woolies” who intend to steal earth’s yarn balls. (How random is that?).
Designer Michael Berlyn had previously designed adventure video games, such as Altered Destiny and Search for the King prior to his work on Bubsy. Eventually burning out on the genre, he came across the original Sonic the Hedgehog and ended up playing it 14 hours a day, for a whole week, in order to find inspiration to do his own take on it.
While development of the game began in 1991. Earlier sketches show Bubsy wearing shoes which were omitted in the final design. The Genesis version, which was the first one being worked on, was to be released in late 1992 but Accolade’s legal troubles with Sega caused the game to be delayed.
After artists Beckett Gladney and Ken Macklin constructed the backgrounds and character animations respectively on a PC program. So a group named Solid Software went on to program them for the SNES.
Finally, in 1995, Super Bubsy was released for Windows and is a port of Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind. With all of the graphics redrawn at double the resolution. Also it featured some pretty random and funny loading screen messages.
Game platforms: Megadrive, Super Nintendo, Windows