The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout

aka: Happy Birthday Bugs, The Bugs Bunny Blowout

Bugs Bunny Turns 50, Buys A Deadly Mallet

The Good
Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout allows the player to take control of the famous WB cartoon character. Mr. Bunny has to walk, jump and whack his way through several, side-scrolling levels in order to reach his birthday party.

Bugs Bunny collects carrot icons for points, mostly he has to whack blocks, enemies and the odd projectile. Sometimes your whacking will reveal hearts to restore hit points, but mostly you are just whacking your way to the end of the level.

Familiar WB cartoon characters will periodically appear as bosses. Sometimes you whack them a few times (or their projectiles) to defeat them. Although sometimes you just ignore them in order to grab a large carrot.

Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout features some nice, 8-bit platforming graphics. The game's cut scenes are impressive and it's fun to do a bit of whacking.

The Bad
Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout features levels and minor enemies that are nice to look at, but don't really connect with the WB cartoon world. The game's setting and minor enemies could just as easily be seen in an early Super Mario Bros. game.

One of the minor enemies is a flying ball of fire. While they look nice enough and, when killed, often leave behind hearts, it is difficult to picture a cartoon scenario where Bugs Bunny would battle floating fire monsters.

The mallet has a fairly short range. This ain't a big problem when whacking blocks, but the game would have benefited from having more weapons in the game. After all, how much whacking can you do, before you start to get bored or tired?

The Bottom Line
Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout places Bugs Bunny and several other WB cartoon characters into a nice side-scrolling platformer. Fans of the WB character library will recognize the main characters, and it's not difficult to learn the play mechanics.
It is not a bad game, but not much about the game stands out from other games of that genre. Still, if you wish to do some single player, whacking, without much difficulty, give this game a try.

by Shamal Jifan (21) on March 2nd, 2017

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