Bugs Bunny has a lot of fans, but the other Looney Tunes are not among them.
In Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout, Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, and others ban together to prevent Bugs from reaching his own birthday party. As he progresses, Bugs collects carrots and crushes soda cans, flaming suns, and other bizarre drug paraphernalia with his trusty mallet, all while haunting cheery music plays eerily in the background.
Bugs’ adventure seems somewhat inspired by Super Mario Bros. 2, but there’s none of the latter game’s creativity in Birthday Blowout‘s level design. Aside from carrots, enemies, and the occasional special item, levels are vast and empty. Other than collecting carrots (used for a bonus game at the end of every stage), there’s not much to do.
The Looney Tunes’ appearances do liven up the game somewhat. Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, the gang’s all here, all eager to end Bugs’ life in a fit of jealous cartoon rage. None of the bosses are difficult, though, and Bugs has so much life it’s nearly impossible to kill him unless you’re just clumsy.
Birthday Blowout is easy, bland, and derivative, but dang if it isn’t enjoyable to gather all the carrots. By the time Bugs reaches his birthday, you’ll feel like a veritable carrot baron. Happy birthday, you stinker.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Kemco GENRE: Platformer
RELEASE DATE: 08/03/90 – (JP), 09/1990 – (US), 1990 – (EU)