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Shack's Arcade Corner: Bucky O'Hare

Welcome to another edition of the Shack Arcade Corner. In each episode, we take a look at the coin-op classics that defined a generation. This week, we point our crosshairs at Konami’s 1992 side-scrolling shoot ‘em up, Bucky O’Hare.

Based on the cartoon (which itself was based on a 1970’s comic series), Bucky O’Hare allowed up to four players to run and gun their way through multiple levels of colorful action. The show itself only had a run that lasted one year, but like any children’s entertainment property from this time period, it came with a tsunami of licensed toys and memorabilia. The arcade game was produced on license from Hasbro, who was in charge of making toys based on the cartoon.

While the game features a sharp, colorful art style that was a strong technical accomplishment the year it debuted, the lackluster gameplay kept it from becoming a coin-op classic. The game has four unique characters to choose from, but they offered no gameplay differences. Like the cartoon, the Bucky O’Hare arcade game simply vanished into oblivion.

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