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  • Summary: From the developers of the Bit.Trip series comes 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. No matter who emergesFrom the developers of the Bit.Trip series comes 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. No matter who emerges victorious, there’s going to be a whole lot of yarn along the way. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 10, 2019
    80
    For being handed what I would consider a horribly tainted license, Choice Provisions did well combining their expertise with it to make something pretty good. I would still recommend their own Runner series before recommending Bubsy: Paws on Fire, but any fan of those titles looking for can’t go wrong with this game. Bubsy: Paws on Fire is hands down the best Bubsy game. Anyone with any nostalgia for this despicable bobcat should find enjoyment here, even if in only short bursts.
  2. May 30, 2019
    80
    It took a little over 25 years, but Bubsy: Paws on Fire is the bobcat’s first truly great outing. With a fun, cheeky cast of characters and entertaining core gameplay, you won’t have to ask yourself, “What could possibly go wrong?”
  3. Jul 1, 2019
    70
    Bubsy: Paws on Fire's biggest problem is its branding. The game is a perfectly fun and competent runner tied to a mascot who (as near as I can tell) only exists for irony value. The game is straitlaced about Bubsy, so it doesn't feel like a joke, but it also seems like the mascot does more to drive away people than to pique their interest. If you enjoyed the Runner3 style of gameplay, then you'll enjoy Bubsy: Paws on Fire. If you didn't, then the addition of a cartoon cat probably isn't going to change your mind. It's still the best Bubsy game to date, though.
  4. May 20, 2019
    67
    This is probably the best game Bubsy has ever had, but that’s not saying a lot. It’s simple and repetitive, but it still can be good for children.
  5. May 23, 2019
    67
    Bubsy: Paws on Fire is a passable runner that will keep fans of the genre busy for a few hours yet it fails to live up to the far better runners that Choice Provisions have crafted in the past.
  6. May 18, 2019
    65
    An OK-ish platforming game that offers some good humor, but fails in many aspects of the level design.
  7. May 23, 2019
    20
    Bubsy: Paws on Fire is a combination of elements that range from merely adequate to frustrating beyond belief. In fact, the best part of the game is often being able to break the rules and cheese your way to victory. With almost zero redeeming qualities to speak of, the only way this game could possibly offer anything of benefit is to Trophy hunters, as there are a fair number of easily unlocked gold trinkets. If that’s not something you care about, then steer well clear - it’s just not worth it. Despite the shockingly long legacy as a series, surely this time must be the last, right?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. May 23, 2019
    10
    Awesome Game!!! I did not expect much of the game until I met it. An original game, beautiful and extremely fun. The developers are to beAwesome Game!!! I did not expect much of the game until I met it. An original game, beautiful and extremely fun. The developers are to be congratulated!!! Excellent game for kids and adults! Expand
  2. May 20, 2019
    10
    Una obra maestra de tiempos modernos, ciertamente un clásico instantaneo del que hablaremos durante generaciones. No existen palabras paraUna obra maestra de tiempos modernos, ciertamente un clásico instantaneo del que hablaremos durante generaciones. No existen palabras para describir la perfección de este juego. Expand
  3. May 20, 2019
    10
    This game is filled to the brim with tons of content, the controls are smoother than silk, and the soundtrack is kickass. It's packed withThis game is filled to the brim with tons of content, the controls are smoother than silk, and the soundtrack is kickass. It's packed with over 100 games and tons of customization alongside the widest array of playable characters in any Bubsy game to date.
    Alongside all this content, it's respect and homage to the original releases, no matter your opinion on the older games, is quite an admirable feat, including more obscure characters like Virgil Reality and even Oinker P. Hammm.
    Definitely a must play.
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  4. May 20, 2019
    9
    "Paws on Fire" is a great addition to the Bubsy franchise as it offers a challenging game that works well with Bubsy as a character. Where"Paws on Fire" is a great addition to the Bubsy franchise as it offers a challenging game that works well with Bubsy as a character. Where some may have found the Bubsy game released in 2017 to be too short, "Paws on Fire" offers multiple maps and many levels, each playable as three different characters per level. The more levels you play, the more tokens you earn to move on to later levels. Also favorites of the franchise have enjoyed how the game also brings back the characters seen in Bubsy 2 and the one shot Bubsy cartoon from the 90s.

    Game scores a 9 out of 10 as the game can be laborious at first for the first day or so as the moves of Bubsy and Virgil are slightly more difficult characters to play. During that time the Woolie and Arnold levels offered simpler gameplay until the other moves can be mastered. Also the death animations, something Bubsy is known for, was not present in this game.

    Above all the game is a good continuation of the Bubsy game series, challenging whimsical fun with plenty of material for ongoing gameplay.
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  5. May 20, 2019
    8
    Don't let the first few levels of Bubsy: Paws on Fire deter you! As the difficulty ramps up, so does the fun of the game.

    The colourful and
    Don't let the first few levels of Bubsy: Paws on Fire deter you! As the difficulty ramps up, so does the fun of the game.

    The colourful and smart presentation is a positive step up from previous Bubsy games, the self-aware loading screen text and character quotes adding a charm that had me smiling through most of my playthroughs. There are also a couple of cutscenes featuring spoken dialogue, and bosses to fight. The music is very catchy, and a joy to listen to. It syncs with the level designs too.

    Each playable character has a unique moveset, and can have their appearance customised via an ingame shop that is free of microtransactions. Bubsy can use his signature glide in mid-air, and pounce through enemies. Virgil can double jump and slide, familiar to anyone that has played the Bit.Trip Runner games. Woolie can shoot enemies and fly freely in her spaceship. Arnold rolls around an axis in forward-scrolling underground tube levels.

    Following minimal requirements to progress through the game will detract from the fun. There is a layer of depth when it comes to collecting everything and achieving as high a score as possible.

    Generating points increases a Bonus meter, which not only grants a multiplier to the points you receive, but also changes the appearance of your character over time. For example, Bubsy goes on fire, then transforms into a spooky but dazzling cosmic entity. Touches like this make gaining points feel more rewarding.

    Now, some criticism. The horizontal scrolling of each course is a bit jittery, which isn't easy on the eyes when following things that come towards you. Flashing particles that appear when collecting items can be a bit off-putting too.

    Overall, the game feels good to play, and gets really, really challenging, something I value highly in this age of gaming. Anyone that is familiar with Bubsy's world through games, television and comics will feel a warm, fuzzy hug of nostalgia.
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  6. JPK
    Aug 12, 2019
    7
    Honestly, It’s Decent
    Though it has some issues and is a little annoying at times, Paws On Fire is definitely an enjoyable game.
  7. Jan 27, 2023
    0
    It's bloody Bubsy, enough said. Fine, I guess I'll say more.
    It's repetitive, keeps whatever you'd call Bubsy's personality,
    and it somehow
    It's bloody Bubsy, enough said. Fine, I guess I'll say more.
    It's repetitive, keeps whatever you'd call Bubsy's personality,
    and it somehow is bloody inconsistent from the rest of the games
    it's like Meat Boy Forever but with Bubsy's franchise. and we know how that turned out with an actually decent platformer, so heaven pray Bubsy dies soon.
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