Underrated Retro – Bucky O’Hare

Bucky O’Hare was a science-fiction character with his own synonymous comic, television, and subsequent video game franchises, beginning in 1984.

His stories are set in the “Aniverse”, an alternate dimension in which all life on Earth is in the form of various animals.  The story follows the exploits of a mammalian alliance that is engaged in a conflict that comes to be known as, “The Toad Wars”, named for the antagonists.

The storyline follows Bucky O’Hare and his crew aboard their ship “Righteous Indignation”, as they battle the forces of the Toad Fleet in their attempt to liberate the conquered mammalian worlds and to destroy the Toad menace forever.

The Comic Book was first published by Continuity Comics in the mid 1980’s.  It spanned several years and was fairly darker than later Bucky O’Hare works.

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This spawned an animated TV show between September 1991 and January 1992.  Along with a series of Bucky O’Hare action figures.  Much like G.I. Joe and Transformers, the show was thought to have existed solely to promote the action figures.

Finally, in 1992, Konami developed the first Bucky O’Hare video game for the N.E.S., despite the show’s poor performance.

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The game has several characters other than Bucky.  They include:  Jenny, his first mate.  Willy DuWitt, engineer and a pre-teen who entered The Aniverse via a portal.  Deadeye Duck, a space pirate.  And Blinky, an android.

The game features a series of planets based on colors.  The Green Planet, The Blue Planet, The Red Planet, and The Yellow Planet.  Somewhat like Megaman, once Bucky completes a planet, he takes that character with him, thus gaining the use of his special abilities.

The player must complete all planets before moving on to the last section of the game.  You can take the planets in any order you choose, however, for some reason, the Blue Planet cannot be completed without first completing the Green Planet and gaining Blinky’s powers.

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The game has impressive visuals for its time.  It was a late entry into the N.E.S. library and it shows.

Overall, Bucky O’Hare is a fun and challenging game.  Many of the platforming elements are reminiscent of Super Mario Bros, which is welcome.  However, the game has extremely tough and unforgiving elements.  If you’re looking for a challenge, this game is definitely for you.

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