The company Konami has made some great games for the NES. They produced
the Contra and Castlevania series along with games based on the Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Goonies, and many more... However, many of
their late releases for the NES are almost unheard of. Bucky 'O Hare is
one of them. This game could have been a big hit had it been distributed
better. It's fairly rare! However, it is one great NES game.
You are the great Bucky 'O Hare and you must rescue your friends from
the Toad Empire. For those of you who don't know who Bucky 'O Hare is,
he is one mean rabbit who fights for justice. He had his own cartoon
show in the early '90's and Konami decided to make a NES game based on
Your friends Dead-Eye Duck, Blinky the robot, Jenny the Cat, and Willy
DuWitt the genius earth boy are on four different planets and you must
go to each to rescue them. However, you can choose which of the first
four stages to play first. As you beat
each stage, you will rescue one of your friends and they will be on your
team. During the stages, you can select them and control them like you
control Bucky 'O Hare. Their powers will be needed as Blinky will use
his gun to destroy ice and stone blocks and Dead-Eye Duck can climb up
walls. Bucky 'O Hare has the unique ability to shoot downwards when he
jumps. The play control is super in this game.
The graphics are excellent!! Each stage has its own atmosphere and that
Konami feel is in this game. You will climb trees and ride logs on a
river on the green planet and will have the ride of your life on the
yellow planet. One feature that stands out as far as the graphics go in
Bucky 'O Hare is that there is a TON of parallax/double scrolling which
adds a new dimension to the game. It is VERY impressive.
Possibly the best feature is the music. It is incredible and really
fits the stages well. Among my favorites are the green planet, red
planet, 6th stage, and last stage. Konami really did well with the music
is this one.
If you're worried that you'll cruise through this game then fear no
more. This game will challenge even the best video game players out
there. There's a TON of variety regarding challenges in this game. You
will have to avoid running lava on the red planet, jump from spaceship
to spaceship in the yellow planet, and will face some REALLY perilous
jumps in the 7th stage not to mention the "dark" areas in stage 6, the
snakelike creatures in the blue planet, and more...The storyline isn't
too bad. There are a few surprises and some really
The action and "speed" of this is one word...FAST!! The pace and tempo
of this game seems to be faster than most action/adventure side
scrollers. That's not a bad thing either.
There's a ton of variety in this game too. You will encounter so many
traps that you'll be going crazy. (especially in the Magma Tanker) The
game also has a nice password feature (you only have to enter a five
figure code) and weapon format. You must build up the power of your
special ability and must do this for each character individually. For
example, Bucky 'O Hare can jump high if you use his special ability. If
you get enough powerup symbols, he will jump REALLY high. I highly recommend this game. It's a lot of fun!