Console: Super NES  

Company: Konami 

Release Date: March 1993 

Genre: Action 

Number of Players: 1

Save Feature? Yes (only in Children's Mode)

Buster Busts Loose is truly a diamond in the rough! Although there is nothing truly extraordinary or revolutionary about this game, it is still quite fun to play. A variety of levels and bonus games along with plenty of cartoonish humor will keep action fans happy enough.

Overview: Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose is your typical platform adventure. If you have any experience with the Mario or Mega Man series of games, you won't have any problems learning how to play this game. Granted, there are a few additional moves to master and yet, on the whole, the learning curve is quite easy.

Basically, the game involves Buster Bunny making his way through six action-packed levels full of zany enemies and a wide variety of challenges. While this is nothing new, the gameplay varies just enough between levels to keep you on your toes. The Western Movie requires Buster to utilize his dash skills and skillful maneuvering to the max, the Looniversity Football level involves jumping and ducking on a whim, and the Buster's Sky Jinks stage brings it all together.

Not only is the gameplay a lot of fun but the whimsical atmosphere of the game just seems to work very nicely. Even though there are plenty of villains in this game, Buster Busts Loose never comes across as being too serious. There is plenty of humor to be had which will undoubtedly impress the loyal fans of the cartoon.

Even though six levels seems a tad bit short for an action game, Konami was able to compensate for this by including a plethora of bonus games! These games are a lot of fun to play too! Furrball's Championship Squash involves you whacking a ball against a wall repeatedly, Find Your Friends involves Babs, ironically enough, searching through a maze for her friends, and there's even a bingo game! Not only are these bonus games well done but you get a crack at one of them between every level! In addition to providing you with an opportunity to earn extra lives, these bonus games allow you to get a breather between levels; a major plus indeed.

Regarding the game's structure, Buster Busts Loose tends to be very linear in nature although there are a few helpful items and extra lives that can only be found through thorough exploration. The main focus of this game seems to be on the diversity of each level, the bonus games, and bosses over secrets. However, it is still recommended that you search every nook and cranny! You just might find something helpful.

Graphics: For a fairly early Super NES release, the graphics are quite good! Everything is very colorful and cartoony as it should be. I especially liked the graphics in the Spook Mansion and Buster's Sky Jinks levels. The backgrounds are very nice as well with incredible attention to detail along with plenty of parallax. Some of the parallax effects in the Western Movie level are simply incredible!

Not to be forgotten in a discussion of the game's graphics is the exceptional animation. From Buster's narrowed eyes to Montana Max's exasperated look, the various animations added a lot of personality to the game. The part where Buster and Montana Max hop onto a railway car and work together to escape the train is hilarious! The various bonus games will make you laugh hysterically as well with animations that just have to be seen to be appreciated. This game would not be the same without the fluid (and funny!) animations.

Music: The music throughout this game really impressed me. I didn't expect anything extraordinary in the music department but then again, this is a Konami game. From start to finish, Buster Busts Loose contains tunes that fit the various levels and bonus games like a glove. While the graphics give the game its personality, the music creates the game's unique atmosphere. The Western Movie stage has both slow and upbeat versions of the main theme in western fashion while Spook Mansion's tune has plenty of mystery and "spookiness." I also liked the upbeat music in the Looniversity Football stage along with the serenity of the Buster's Sky Jinks track. The music that plays in the Space Opera level (final stage) will stick in your head as well. Heck, even the music that plays between levels is decent!

The sound effects are nothing special but they are good enough. You'll be so busy soaking in the game's graphics and music that the sounds will just kind of be there.

Play Control: While the play control isn't terribly complicated, it does take a while to get used to the dash feature. While it is cool being able to climb walls and execute a flying jump kick, you feel somewhat "out of control" when utilizing the dash. I can't tell you how many times I accidently dashed right into an enemy or, worse yet, one of the many endless pits in the game. Jumping and drop kicking enemies is as simple as it gets although I'm not a big fan of getting knocked slightly backwards when hitting an enemy. This can create problems in the Balloon level where falling is a real possibility. Overall, the play control is still very smooth but it's no Mega Man.

Challenge: While this game isn't nearly as hard as the original NES Tiny Toon Adventures game, it certainly has its moments. Areas that require you to use the dash feature at a moment's notice or destroy something all while avoiding countless traps (e.g. the battle on the train) can prove to be quite trying. Beating the game on Difficult mode is no walk in the park either. Simply put, this game has its share of challenges but it is probably on the easy side. This is especially true after you've played through the game once.

Storyline: This game is very unique as there is no real background story. In a way, every stage has its own story as there is really no correlation between the game's six levels. This is probably a good thing because it allowed Konami to really mix things up and just add a whole lot of variety to the game without having to worry about the story.

Like I said before, there is a real whimsical feel to this game that makes some of the dialouge so funny! For example, right before the final Space Opera stage, Buster and Babs are getting ready to "act" out the level and Babs comments that "[she'd] better hurry up and get captured." There is also the Spook Mansion level where Buster comments on how strange it is that a storm suddenly appeared and a mysterious old mansion just "happened" to be nearby. Some of the game's dialouge is so funny and is actually quite intelligent.

In terms of actual storyline, I liked the Western Movie a lot. Chasing down Montana Max on a train was just too much fun! Going up into the sky to find Calamity Coyote's secret treasure (which happened to be the skit for the final act...go figure) was pretty cool as well.

Funfactor: The diverse levels, highly playable bonus games, and unique feel really make this game stand out from the crowd. It is truly an enjoyable gaming experience. It's like your typical platformer yet there is enough variety to please even the most vehement of action game fans. I found the simple gameplay and hilarious character interaction to be major pluses as well. Buster Busts Loose may not be the best in terms of overall gameplay but it is still a great game.

Negatives: If there is anything wrong with this game, it is the lack of any real replay value. Even though there are a few secrets and a variety of bonus games, there really isn't much incentive to play the game again after beating it. More secrets and perhaps a few additional levels would have helped the game in this area.

While the play control is good for the most part, it doesn't feel as polished as a Mario or Mega Man game. The dash feature can be somewhat annoying at times. Also, some people may find the game to be too easy.


Ratings: Graphics: 4.3 Music: 4.4 Play Control: 4.0 Challenge: 4.0 Storyline: 4.2 Funfactor: 4.5 Overall Score: 25.4 out of 30.0 Overall Rating: Bronze Bravo


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