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Bucky O'Hare

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.


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.


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 …


Watch_Dogs EP#1 VidyaBum Plays!

In this video we take a first look at Watch_Dogs on the PC from Ubisoft. I had some audio issues for the first few episodes but I worked them out, the sync is off a bit. All fixed in future Ep’s.

Watch Dogs is actually a lot of fun, though it does have some shortcomings, it’s generally been better then /v/ and /r/gaming/ have made it out to be, no surprise there.


Raiding in Rust is Fun

Rust is a survival game where, when you die, you lose everything on you and spawn in a random location. Naturally, you must be weary of strangers and expect to get raided.

We come across Ethan, holed up his house, and decide to scare him in the dead of night. Eventually, we get locked inside and hilarity ensues.


Stumbled Across at Pax East: Johan Sebastian Joust is Awesome


We had a chance to run into an epic game of Johan Sebastian Joust during our time at PAX East.

Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game designed for motion controllers.

The goal is to be the last player remaining. When the music — J.S. Bach’s ‌Brandenburg Concertos — plays in slow-motion, the controllers are extremely sensitive to movement. When the music speeds up, the threshold becomes less strict, giving the players a small window to dash at their opponents. If your controller is ever moved beyond the allowable threshold, you’re out! Try to jostle your opponents’ controllers while protecting your own.

J.S. Joust is coming to PlayStation 3 & 4 and Home Computers soon as a part of the Sportsfriends compendium.


  • Simple physical fun for players of all kinds
  • No screen needed! Players look at one another
  • Support for up to 7 players – perfect for parties!
  • A variety of different game modes
  • Open-ended rules that encourage “house rules”