This week, we jump into our time machine and take a trip back to 1993, to play a game that was enjoyed on both the Sega Megadrive/Genesis. Back in the 90s, the Tiny Toons were all the rage on TV, so it wasn’t a surprise to see them make their way onto the gaming scene. Here we look at Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure.
Buster’s Hidden Treasure was a side scrolling, cartoony (no surprise there!) platformer, where the player played as Buster, and ran through levels collecting carrots and trying to save his beloved Babs Bunny. To complete each level, Buster must find Gogo Dodo, who will allow him to enter a portal. Additionally, Buster can find portals reminiscent of the show’s rainbow-coloured logo, that will take Buster into Wackyland in the form of a bonus level.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure took obvious inspiration from Mario and Sonic games, with him imitating Sonic’s trademark running feet animation, along with carrots instead of rings, springs to jump on, and Mario style floating platforms to take Buster to hidden areas. Buster could collect extra lives from pickups as well as invulnerability items similar to Sonic’s magic or Mario’s power star.
Throughout the game, Buster would traverse a world map not very dissimilar to that of Super Mario Bros 3, with boss fights at the end of each of the areas. These boss fights consisted of fights against Dr Gene Splice who brainwashed Buster’s friends, who Buster had to defeat to set free.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster’s Hidden Treasure reviewed rather well, with scores of 80% and over at the time back in 1993. It wasn’t really a bad game at all, and I imagine a few of our more mature fans will have fond memories of playing this back in the day.