Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. A very fun, and very strange, take on the 2D platformer. Yet another example of why we need to continue to support our independent game developers.
  4. A great sticky glob of gaming goodness.
  5. 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.
  6. One of the most original games released this year, not to say ever, and it’s perfect for those breaks between two "UT2004" deatmatches.
  7. 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.
  8. 74
    My only real reservation with Gish is the simplicity of the gameplay and the fact that, despite the unique physical properties of the character it is still a 2D platform/puzzle game...But if you do like this style of game then Gish really is a superb piece of work, and the talented folk over at Chronologic will entertain you for a very reasonable sum of money.
  9. A neat platformer that misses the final leap to triumph. [Oct 2005, p.98]
  10. 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.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Sep 4, 2011
    4
    I liked the idea and the concept, and this seemed to get a lot of positive reaction from critics and players alike, but I found the controlI liked the idea and the concept, and this seemed to get a lot of positive reaction from critics and players alike, but I found the control scheme in Gish to be... frustrating and unforgiving. Having to time the jumps, jiggle the sticky mode, etc, seemed unnecessary. I wanted to enjoy it, but after the first few levels when most of my emotion was around the frustration around the timing of the button pushes, it just wasn't fun for me. Full Review »
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 2, 2012
    8
    I find that the controls can cause the gameplay to feel "grindy" sometimes, and that detracts from the overall experience. Still, after aI find that the controls can cause the gameplay to feel "grindy" sometimes, and that detracts from the overall experience. Still, after a couple of hours, I got used to the controls to a point where they were no longer a a very noticeable issue for me, and then almost all became enjoyment. Gish as a character is very charismatic. The gameplay, which was innovative back in 2004, still feels innovative now. The amount of content is also great, with the campaign, custom levels made by fans and the collection game mode. But yeah, it`s kind of a love it or hate it game, it s niche game, so be prepared for it. Full Review »