Bubba 'N' Stix

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Bubba 'N' Stix
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Core Design
Developer:
Distributor: Tengen (US)
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9554.95[1] T-115026
301087-0150
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-115026-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ115026
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.9944.99[3] T-115026-50
Sega Mega Drive
GR
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FBUB00SMC
OFLC: G
Non-Sega versions
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Bubba 'N' Stix is a side-scrolling action game for the Sega Mega Drive.

In the United States, the game was released with a Bubblicious brand tie-in. During gameplay, this is reflected by the bonus stages containing Bubblicious pack collectibles that give the player points as well by as an idle animation in which Bubba chews bubble gum and blows a bubble.

A reportedly complete Sega Mega-CD version was planned for release[4] in January[5] (later February[6], then March[7]) 1994, but was cancelled for unknown reasons. Former developers at Core Design have confirmed its existence.

Story

Bubba, a redneck handyman, is abducted by an alien named Waldo, who collects beings from around the universe to showcase in his zoo. On his way back to his home planet, Waldo crashes his ship on an alien planet, affording Bubba and a sentient twig named Stix the opportunity to escape. Now the pair must work together to make their way home.

Gameplay

The game is a puzzle platformer. The player must use Stix in a variety of different ways in order to progress. Stix can be used as a bludgeoning weapon, as a temporary platform, as a stirrer, as a snorkel, or as a prybar, for instance. Bubba swipes Stix by pressing A or throws him like a boomerang by holding A, both of which can be used to defeat enemies. Stix can be used to interact with various objects found in the stages with A, sometimes combined with a direction on the D-pad. If Stix is left in an object, pressing A calls him back. Bubba can be moved with Left or Right and can jump with B. He can run if the C button is held down while walking. He can crouch with Down and crawl with Down-left and Down-right. When underwater, he can swim by pressing the D-pad in any direction and surface by pressing Up with enough momentum.

Bubba's vitality is shown as a six-segment bar represented by Stix in the lower-left corner of the screen. He loses vitality when he takes damage from enemies or stage hazards. Bubba's vitality is carried over from stage to stage, though he can find vitality items in bonus stages in between each stage. He loses a life if he loses all of his vitality. He can also lose a life if he drowns underwater; his air level is indicated on his portrait in the lower-right corner of the screen. However, the game can be continued as many times as desired if the player runs out of lives, and there is a password system for starting any stage from the beginning at a later time. The antagonist, Waldo, sometimes appears in stages to torment (and inadvertently help) Bubba.

Items

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Vitality Replenisher
Replenishes one segment of Bubba's vitality bar.
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Extra Life
Gives the player an extra life.
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Checkpoint
Checkpoint where Bubba revives after losing a life.
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Various Monsters
Awards the player with extra points. A bonus stage is played after the current stage is completed if enough bonus points are accumulated.
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Small Blobs
Gives the player more time in the bonus stage.
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Clown Unicycle
Hidden in each stage. Gives the player bonus points and more time in the bonus stage if Bubba finds and catches it.
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Bubblicious Gum
Collect in bonus stages for points.

Stages

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Alien Forest

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Waldo's Starship

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The Volcano

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Marine Temple

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The Spaceport

Bonus Stages

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Bonus stage

Bonus stages are played after each stage (except the last) if the player accrues enough points. Each bonus stage is timed; the amount of time depends on the amount of blobs the player finds in the prior stage (in addition to the Clown Unicycle, which appears in each stage). Bubba can collect bonus points, vitality, and extra lives in the bonus stages.

Development

According to designer Simon Phipps,[8] originally Core Design had wanted a "moody, dark and atmospheric" game featuring an adventurer wielding a multipurpose stick. It became apparent to him that a realistic approach to the design was not feasible. As a result, Phipps, along with collaborator Billy Allison, sketched out a large number of mostly outlandish uses for the game's central tool. After reviewing the drawings, Core subsequently gave the go-ahead to develop the game. The game's protagonist started out as a green long-necked alien and went through several iterations until the developers settled on Bubba.

Production credits

  • Produced By: Jeremy Heath-Smith
  • Bubba 'N' Stix Team: Billy Allison, John Kirkland, Simon Phipps, Mark Watson
  • Music and Sound Effects By: Mark Iveson
  • Play Tested By: Darren Price, Troy Horton, Jamie Morton
  • Special Thanks: Linda Blanchard, Steve Calfee, Bill Hindorff, Ted Hoff, Mike Klug, Susan Lusty, Mike Kruse, Mitzi McGilvray, Dan Van Elderen, CJ Welch
Source:
US manual[9]

Magazine articles

Main article: Bubba 'N' Stix/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #18: "April 1994" (1994-02-28)
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Print advert in Video-Ace Dendy (RU) #16 (1995-02-28)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[11]
Consoles + (FR)
88
[12]
Cool Gamer (RU)
80
[13]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
85
[14]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
75
[15]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
68
[16]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
80
[17]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3 (RU)
80
[18]
FLUX (US)
70
[19]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
77
[1]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[20]
Joypad (FR) PAL
88
[21]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
77
[22]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
81
[23]
Mega (UK) PAL
84
[24]
Mega Force (FR)
84
[25]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
62
[26]
Mega Machines (UK) PAL
84
[27]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
83
[28]
Magazina Igrushek (RU)
90
[29]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
89
[30]
Player One (FR)
86
[31]
Play Time (DE)
62
[32]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
78
[2]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
74
[33]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
74
[34]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
84
[35]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
81
[36]
Sega Force (SE)
90
[37]
Sega Megazone (AU) PAL
87
[38]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
76
[39]
Supersonic (FR)
90
[40]
Todo Sega (ES) PAL
85
[41]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
80
[42]
Video Games (DE) PAL
80
[43]
VideoGames (US)
60
[44]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
36 reviews

Bubba 'N' Stix

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Manual
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PCB
Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, GR
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU (Silver)
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d45cb46f
MD5 7f6f2774da5fb57435c31708a52d8738
SHA-1 907c875794b8e3836e5811c1f28aa90cc2c8ffed
1MB 1994-05-04[45] Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b467432e
MD5 444142cbf4012abe02d0d9420a2698e1
SHA-1 4039dfb41c08d17047d2acf90d0ab8bb7932cabd
1MB 1994-03-16[45] Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 2dfa5e48
MD5 5e5a2a35902f37a7a2b3a23f3304a677
SHA-1 8fdc89c8371b91a5938b40d3826a0d4da8924501
1MB 1994-03-09 Page

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 8 August 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 54
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Sega Magazine, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-15), page 90
  3. Mega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-17), page 35
  4. Sega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-01), page 26
  5. MegaTech, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-19), page 34
  6. Mega Power, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-20), page 10
  7. Sega Magazine, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-15), page 29
  8. https://www.simonphipps.com/games/bubbanstix/
  9. File:BubbanStix MD US manual.pdf, page 12
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 105
  11. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 37
  12. Consoles +, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 120
  13. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 41
  14. Computer & Video Games, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-15), page 44
  15. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "July 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 72
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 34
  17. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 297
  18. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3, "" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 20
  19. FLUX, "Issue #1" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 78
  20. GamePro, "July 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 60
  21. Joypad, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 122
  22. MAN!AC, "06/94" (DE; 1994-05-11), page 62
  23. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-xx-xx), page 16
  24. Mega, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-17), page 34
  25. Mega Force, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 80
  26. Mega Fun, "05/94" (DE; 1994-04-20), page 106
  27. Mega Machines, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-03), page 60
  28. MegaTech, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-02-20), page 36
  29. Magazina Igrushek, "5/1995" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 76
  30. Mean Machines Sega, "March 1994" (UK; 1994-01-28), page 88
  31. Player One, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 76
  32. Play Time, "6/94" (DE; 1994-05-04), page 132
  33. Sega Magazine, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 95
  34. Sega Power, "April 1994" (UK; 1994-03-03), page 64
  35. Sega Pro, "Easter 1994" (UK; 1994-03-24), page 60
  36. Sega Zone, "September 1994" (UK; 1994-08-xx), page 5
  37. Sega Force, "4/94" (SE; 1994-06-01), page 18
  38. Sega Megazone, "September 1994" (AU; 1994-0x-xx), page 30
  39. Sonic the Comic, "June 10th 1994" (UK; 1994-05-28), page 10
  40. Supersonic, "Avril 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 22
  41. Todo Sega, "Mayo 1994" (ES; 1994-0x-xx), page 46
  42. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 31
  43. Video Games, "6/94" (DE; 1994-05-25), page 93
  44. VideoGames, "November 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 114
  45. 45.0 45.1 Bubba 'N' Stix/Hidden content#Build date


Bubba 'N' Stix

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1994-03-09