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  • Summary: Gish isn't your average hero, in fact he's not your average anything.. see Gish is a ball of tar. A Sunday stroll with his lady friend Brea goes awry when a shadowy figure emerges from an open man hole and pulls Brea into the ground below. Following Brea's calls for help Gish suddenly finds himself in the subterranean sewers of Dross, a long forgotten city filled with twisting corridors, evil traps and some of the most demented creatures imaginable. With his gelatinous structure as his only means of defense Gish must follow the echoing cries of his damsel in distress deep into the earth bellow. What freakish creatures dwell in this subterranean land? Who is Brea's captor? And just how far down does the rabbit hole go? Life isn't easy when you're a 12 pound ball of tar... [Chronic Logic] Expand
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  1. Clever design, brilliant gameplay, and a good sense of humor (not to mention its $19 price tag) make Gish a must buy.
  2. Despite the flawed enemy AI, the gameplay was incredibly solid.
  3. Rather than making a dull, no-frills copy of a popular game, Chronic Logic has taken a well-worn genre--the 2D side-scrolling platformer--and used it as the launching pad for some exuberant and largely successful experimentation.
  4. One of the most original games released this year, not to say ever, and it’s perfect for those breaks between two "UT2004" deatmatches.
  5. The question really has to be do you like platform games… if you do then Gish certainly wouldn’t be out of place in your collection, it’s just whether a ball of tar is going to hold your attention for long enough. But it’s certainly good for a blast.
  6. The graphics could use as much TLC as the physics received, the sound and music could be fleshed out, and the controls could use some tightening to work more organically.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. RockyA.s
    Mar 6, 2008
    10
    Innovative, fun, addictive, and somewhat disturbing. Gish is one of the most innovative platform games I ever played. Its not just like any Super Mario games or Megaman games. This game have a new twist on platform games, were you must use you body "Properties" to finish the scenario. Gish is a blob of tar that can stick on walls, slide through small spaces, increase his density to dive in water, and use his elasticity to jump higher. This game is Highly recommended for all those who like 2d platform games. Expand
  2. SomebodySpecial
    Oct 7, 2007
    10
    This game is really remarkable. Firstly, I've never even considered the possibility of having a blob of liquid as the playable character. Secondly, applying rag doll physics to that blob along with the rest of the world is equally impressive. The game is very inventive, makes you think a little, is very challenging at times, has great music and has a spooky haloweenie sort of atmosphere that I really enjoy! If you're looking for a game that is a little out of the ordinary, this is it. I guarantee you've never played a game like this before! Expand
  3. ElijahY.
    Jan 11, 2008
    9
    Innovative gameplay, creative character design and fun puzzle. But I would appreciate if the level can be more bright and colorful, but I understand that is somewhat restricted by the gameworld design (underground sewage...). Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2013
    7
    Interesting original, quite fun at times but I'm not 100% sure it actually works, The idea of being able to change what the tar is made of and thus how it reacts with its surroundings is great but it doesn't feel dynamic and quick enough so there doesn't ever feel like a "wow" moment. Expand
  5. Bryan
    Jan 17, 2008
    6
    A cool puzzle game.
  6. Dec 29, 2010
    5
    At first glance I though I would really enjoy this game. I had played super meat boy before playing this game, and I thought the character would control similarly to how he controls in super meat boy. This was the one major drawback of this game. I love platformers, but the controls in this game were atrocious for me. I see here that many people enjoyed the game, so my advice is to try the demo. for what it's worth the game does have some interesting new ideas, and I thought the art direction was quite good. Expand
  7. Jun 25, 2013
    2
    11/11 achievements broken, f*cking nerve-wrecking gameplay, that all from me. but i have to write something more, so ......................go da hell gish Expand

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