Buck Bumble (Rom)

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Buck Bumble is an action video game for the Nintendo 64 developed by British video game company Argonaut Games and released by Ubisoft in 1998.

While not heavily praised, and widely regarded as below contemporary N64 standards, Buck Bumble was met with overall positive reception from various gaming critics. Matt Casamassina of IGN called it “the epitome of ‘first generation’ Nintendo 64 products” and compared it to a lower quality version of the bee level in Banjo-Kazooie. This is largely due to its heavy distance fog, low frame rate, and low resolution graphics. Casamassina also considered the single player levels too short and too easy. However, he praised the flying controls, the design of the title character, and addictiveness of the Buzz Ball multiplayer mode.

GameSpot’s Lauren Fielder gave the title a significantly lower review than most publishers and echoed the believe that it “missed the boat” of lower quality, first generation N64 games. She criticised the flying and walking controls and deemed the multiplayer modes “seemingly quite literally thrown in.” She closed by saying “In spite of all the obvious flaws, Buck Bumble is not a terrible game. It’s just not a good game, and the rewards do not make up for the dull, tugging experience it quickly becomes.”

A much more positive review came from Nintendojo. They stated that, while fog makes navigation difficult, “the graphics do not disappoint.” In terms of multiplayer, the “extremely difficult” Buzz Battle was considered much less enjoyable than Buzz Ball. The review summed up stating, “Buck Bumble is definitely worth playing. While it isn’t perfect, it’s a fun game, and that’s what really counts.”

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