Percentile Rank

Bubsy: Paws on Fire! is ranked in the 15th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

58

Top Critic Average

20%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
May 20, 2019

Beneath the bland mascot lurks a decent arcade game.

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Scored Reviews

GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 29, 2019

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?"

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2019

Anyone with any nostalgia for this despicable bobcat should find enjoyment here, even if in only short bursts.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2019

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.

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 17, 2019

Finally, a decent Bubsy game. What could possibly go wrong from here?

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Video Chums
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
May 23, 2019

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.

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Hobby Consolas
65 / 100
65 / 100
May 18, 2019

An OK-ish platforming game that offers some good humor, but fails in many aspect of the level design.

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Level Down Games
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 24, 2019

Don’t expect to come in to this and see an epic mascot-style story or any type of replayability. The story is about as lame as you’d expect, and only exists at the beginning of the experience and then again at the end with very short cutscenes. This is a one-and-done type of game, but during the 8 to 10 hours it’ll take to complete the journey, especially if you stick it out and go for all of the Arnold levels, you’ll easily find some levels of enjoyment out of Accolade’s latest bobcat adventure. Bubsy: Paws on Fire is definitely the best Bubsy experience released in quite some time, and while this isn’t saying a lot, it definitely doesn’t deserve to be completely skipped over.

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MonsterVine
3 / 5
3 / 5
May 21, 2019

As insane as it sounds, Bubsy: Paws on Fire! is a competent, if repetitive, running platformer that manages to correct quite a few of the issues that plagued The Woolies Strike Back.

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Just Push Start
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
May 18, 2019

The long and short of Bubsy: Paws on Fire! Is that it's a running game that isn't particularly difficult, doesn't really stress scores and feels rather hollow. Sure, it's fun and if you like repetitive tasks that reward you for slight improvements, it will certainly shine, otherwise it's just a bland game that is as forgettable as any of the other sequels. Add in a lack of online play or even interesting costumes and it's ultimately a game that coasts on whatever fame Bubsy has and is only really redeemed by having a platinum/variety of achievements that are not particularly hard or engaging to obtain.

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GameGrin
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2019

All of the variation feels pretty hollow, for sure, but the design of the game compliments what that variation lacks. All in all, it's a pretty standard auto-runner that also just happens to have Bubsy in it

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Destructoid
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
May 24, 2019

Ultimately, however, the repetitive gameplay, bland presentation and hollow world prevents players from immersing themselves in its optimistic spirit. The Bubsy experiment has ended. It's time to let the bobcat go.

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Thumb Culture
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2019

Bubsy Paws on Fire, in my opinion, is a bit of a cash in without much thought, it does what it’s designed to do like a speed run type game. However, I think it’s only going to appeal to a very niche audience and fans of the previous Bubsy games will be (like me) a little lost for reasons to play. It is a bit of shame as the previous entry to the series: Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back was a pretty solid Platformer and I was hoping this would build on that base. I would give Bubsy Paws on Fire the Thumb Culture Bronze Award, it has its moments as long as you know what you’re getting into before you play.

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TechRaptor
2.5 / 10.0
2.5 / 10.0
May 26, 2019

At its peak, Bubsy: Paws on Fire! is a generic runner that brings nothing new to the genre other than messed up hitboxes, poor controls, and awful padding. It also tries to be a boring SHMUP for some reason.

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Push Square
2 / 10
2 / 10
May 23, 2019

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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