Bubsy: Paws on Fire! is a game developed by Choice Provisions released for PlayStation 4 and PC on May 16, 2019. A Nintendo Switch version was released on August 29, 2019. The game is the sixth entry in the Bubsy series.
From the developers of the BIT.TRIP series comes Bubsy: Paws on Fire!, the latest and greatest in bobcat-based gaming.
Oinker P. Hamm is determined to capture every animal in the universe for his “Amazootorium.” Bubsy, fearing mostly for himself, is just as determined to stop him. Two archrivals, stitched together by the cruel knitting needles of fate. No matter who emerges victorious, there is one thing we know for certain: There’s going to be a whole lot of yarn along the way.
So, so much yarn.
- Four playable characters, each with their own unique mechanics! Fly and shoot your way through the air as The Woolie, take it underground with Arnold’s bonus levels, or run your way to victory with Bubsy and Virgil Reality!
- An all-new story featuring the unlikely alliance between Bubsy and his archrivals, The Woolies!
- Over 100 levels set across three different worlds!
- Three boss battles!
- A unique combo system and set of leaderboards for every character!
- A shop with costumes and cosmetics, all of which players can unlock just by playing the game. There are no in-game purchases!
- Unique character dialog for every level!
- A variety of collectible types, ensuring maximum replayability!
- The return of Oinker, Terri, Terry, and many other characters from previous Bubsy incarnations! We even have Virgil Reality from the Bubsy cartoon pilot—we dug deep!
Oinker P. Hamm, Antagonist from Bubsy II, is determined to capture every animal in the universe for his “Amazootorium.” Bubsy, fearing mostly for himself, is just as determined to stop him. No matter who emerges victorious, there’s going to be a whole lot of yarn along the way.
CharactersPaws on Fire! revisits characters from the Bubsy Cartoon Pilot and Bubsy II such as the twins Terri and Terry, Arnold the Armadillo. Virgil Reality was featured in the comic book of Bubsy II and the cartoon pilot. The intended love interest for Bubsy in the cartoon pilot, Oblivia, is shown in homage with "Oblivia was here" on the gym wall in the opening cut scene. Oinker P. Hamm, the antagonist from Bubsy II is also featured in this game.
The antagonist race of the Woolies, featured in Bubsy 1, Bubsy 3D, and Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back are allies in this game. The Woolie Queen, Poly and Ester from the above mentioned games proposes an alliance with Bubsy to defeat Oinker. The Woolie Warrior ally that was sent to help Bubsy was also seen at the end picture with Bubsy in the Woolies Strike Back, and another possible appearance in the opening cutscene of Bubsy 3D.
GameplayThe game returns to the 2D side-scrolling platformer gameplay found in the first Bubsy games. As Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back was a reskin of an existing game, the Giana Sisters; Paws on Fire is a reskin of Runner 3 of the BIT.TRIP RUNNER series. As with Runner3, Paws on Fire is a rhythm platformer video game in which players take control of Bubsy.
The player can select one of three characters: Bubsy, and his allies Woolie Warrior and Virgil Reality. The protagonist and allies runs forward automatically and the player controls actions such as jumping, sliding, and kicking/pouncing/shooting to overcome obstacles and collect things. Everything that comes his way will hit in rhythm to the background music, so keeping the beat is crucial to getting through the game.There are goods scattered across every level. Bubsy collects yarn balls, Virgil collects atoms, and the Woolies allies collect glowing yarnballs. Also the Retro Challenge or bonus levels allow you to collect gems and fruit. There is a set amount of prizes in each level, and collecting them increases the score and allows you to buy new outfits and other cosmetic changes to the characters. New mechanics such as riding vehicles for the Woolie allies and the ability to double jump for Virgil Reality have been introduced in this installment.
There are only 27 main levels, and three main worlds (The Village, Research Lab, and Amazootoium), but each level has three variants of each level which adds more secrets, and more variety in music and scenery. Playable only as Bubsy are three boss levels.
Bonus LevelsThroughout the Runner series, retro challenges were implemented for more hardcore players. In BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Runner2, the retro challenges are smaller levels based on older video games, and run on the same mechanics as the main game, but with only gold bars to collect.
As a reskinned Runner3 game, Paws on Fire had a different sort of retro challenge. The player has full control over Bubsy's friend Arnold the Armadillo as he collects fruit and gems in underground tunnels, playing more like a traditional arcade game like Gyruss or Stun Runner. There is a retro challenge for every core level once the needed medals have been collected from the Core levels. Each retro level has a set number of gems and fruit, which can be traded in for other cosmetics.