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  • Summary: A 2D horror puzzle adventure about a boy with a glowing head. One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage andA 2D horror puzzle adventure about a boy with a glowing head. One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage and use his glass head to save everything he loves. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 4, 2017
    86
    A fun and exciting story.
  2. Jul 17, 2017
    80
    Bulb Boy is a wonderful addition to the Switch, especially if you’re looking for something a little more unusual.
  3. Jul 6, 2017
    80
    Bulb Boy won’t stay in your memories forever; it is a relatively small game that shouldn’t take too long to complete, but whilst it lasts it offers nicely designed puzzles and an underlying humour that offers a different experience. It is clearly lovingly put-together and refreshingly manages to make horror cute and fun, rather than taking itself seriously. Bulb Boy didn’t take our breath away and isn’t revolutionary, but its appeal comes in the form of its characters, craziness and toilet humour – a deadly combination that deserves to be played.
  4. NF Magazine
    Aug 24, 2017
    80
    A raucous, weird path through the strange world of a strange hero and his relatives that Switch owners should give a look. [Issue #29, p. 21]
  5. Aug 6, 2017
    78
    It's the style that strikes at a first glance in Bulb Boy, and it is ultimately what remains of this game, after its (short) course. Quite enjoyable as a puzzler, the game is short and quite straightforward, but its mood and atmosphere is something to remember.
  6. Jul 10, 2017
    76
    Bulb Boy’s uniqueness is outstanding, offering a very stylish and charismatic game that blends creepiness and cuteness in a creative way. While it's also true that you won’t be in this bright little boy’s shoes for too long, the glimpse of his world will be more than worth the walk.
  7. Jul 17, 2017
    50
    Bulb Boy certainly has an intriguing visual concept, but lays it on a bit thick with the weird and wacky side of things later on without really explaining why, or even bothering to draw everything together into a cohesive package. Rather than being an extremely smart point-and-click adventure with mind-bending puzzles and a clever-but-creepy storyline, it instead strings together a handful of simple scenarios that do not hold the attention for long, and barely offer any challenge - unless awkward controls and long re-loads count. To top it off, there is barely any story to tickle gamers' imaginations, and then it finishes in about an hour, which for its price makes it hard to recommend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Sep 5, 2017
    10
    Very unique, heartwarming and fun to play. A hidden gem in the indie games. Paid at purchase time 9.99, I would have been comfortable payingVery unique, heartwarming and fun to play. A hidden gem in the indie games. Paid at purchase time 9.99, I would have been comfortable paying much more than that. It is a shorter game, but it has re-playability (limited). Overall, for price and game content, hell of a deal. Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2017
    10
    Bulb Boy excels in the horrifyingly twisted world that it inhabits, delivering an unworldly experience that will linger in your memory longBulb Boy excels in the horrifyingly twisted world that it inhabits, delivering an unworldly experience that will linger in your memory long after you see it through to completion. Illuminatingly unique, it proves to be yet another Nintendo eShop release that is not to be missed. Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2017
    7
    This might the cutest, most-terrifying game I've ever played. Such a cool, bizarre concept with great characters and bosses. The game managesThis might the cutest, most-terrifying game I've ever played. Such a cool, bizarre concept with great characters and bosses. The game manages to have charm and personality despite the absence of text or dialogue, pretty impressive. It ended a little too quickly for my liking but I can't say I didn't enjoy playing it. I definitely recommend playing it in the dark with your headphones.

    Unfortunately, this game appears to be better fit for PC as the "click" portion of the Point-to-point gameplay is more intuitive. There are a few instances during my playthrough where it was difficult/frustrating to properly click on an item.
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  4. Apr 9, 2018
    5
    It's hard to even talk about Bulb Boy without mentioning Machinarium, or some other game from Amanita Design. From the quirky eastern EuropeanIt's hard to even talk about Bulb Boy without mentioning Machinarium, or some other game from Amanita Design. From the quirky eastern European visuals to the weird music and sound effects, this game almost feels like a homage to the Czech team's work. Unfortunately, that's also Bulb Boy's greatest shortcoming: it doesn't really know what it wants to be, aside from "a game like Machinarium, only with gore".

    Bulb Boy starts off well, as a point-and-click adventure with grotesque overtones. The graphics are nice, the atmosphere is spot on, and some of the encounters are genuinely creepy. The hit-and-miss animation constantly reminds you that this is the product of a tiny team that has to cut a few corners–but the game has enough soul to make up for that.

    Then something weird happens: Bulb Boy seems to lose its way, and starts improvising something, anything, to keep you engaged. The gore gradually becomes more gross, morphing into "poop and mucus" humor. The puzzles become illogical enough that it's faster to click around randomly than reason about solutions. By the end of its short life, the game has lost itself, devolving into a pretty unfunny platformer that relies heavily on instadeath and rote repetition.

    Bulb Boy is a game that tries to find its own voice, struggles more and more, and by the end of it, it just gives up. It's also a short and cheap game, so it's a good choice to support an independent team. Just don't expect much–and in particular, don't expect another Machinarium.
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  5. Aug 6, 2017
    5
    This game presents well... The art is great. The sound is good.
    It has a weird, unique, dark comic-book style.
    Reminds me of Jhonen
    This game presents well... The art is great. The sound is good.
    It has a weird, unique, dark comic-book style.

    Reminds me of Jhonen Vasquez mixed with The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy.

    But, beyond the weirdness of the game, there isn't much to it.
    It's a puzzle game, without any half-decent puzzles.

    It feels like playing a point and click adventure from the 90's - like Monkey Island - in the sense that the puzzles are illogical and you basically have to just click on things until you discover what you're "supposed to do". But, it's a much smaller game than Monkey Island...

    Each room / level is isolated.
    You can't go beyond the area, until you solve the puzzle.
    And, there's only half a dozen interactive items in each room.
    Sometimes, when you get an item, there's only one thing you can do with it.

    It's more like an interactive animation than an actual game... and, while I do prefer to interact with Bulb Boy (rather than just watching it as a film), the level of interaction is seriously underwhelming.

    They could have - quite easily - added more things for Bulb Boy to interact with...

    If there were twenty or thirty (potential) puzzle items in each room, it would be better. Sometimes there are only two or three things you can click on and you have to click on all of them. So, it's not really possible to fail.

    The only segments of the game that require any skill, whatsoever, are a few short chase sequences and the skill level required for those sections is very low. Maybe suitable for young children. But, then, the tone of the game isn't appropriate for little kids. So, I'm not sure who the target demographic is supposed to be...

    I didn't dislike this game and I don't regret buying it. But, given the high quality of backgrounds and character design, it's a real shame there isn't better puzzles / gameplay.

    On top of all that, it's extremely short.
    I was shocked by how fast it was over.
    Took me - maybe - an hour to finish.

    I'm giving it 5/10 because I love the weird, disgusting mutant-freaks.

    Crawling around inside your bloated grandfather and eating rotten sausages from his hairy ear so you can projectile vomit yourself into the air is priceless... But, like I said, the gameplay just isn't there.

    This is half a great indy game.
    It's all style and no substance.
    At least it's really cheap.
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  6. Jul 22, 2017
    4
    Belos gráficos, trilha sonora interessante, jogabilidade simples. MAS, os quebra-cabeças são muito simples e o jogo é RIDICULAMENTE PEQUENO,Belos gráficos, trilha sonora interessante, jogabilidade simples. MAS, os quebra-cabeças são muito simples e o jogo é RIDICULAMENTE PEQUENO, SEM NEM SEQUER EXTRAS. Até jogo de smartphone tem mais conteúdo. Decepção gastar 9 dólares nisso. Bem feito, porém em uma hora você termina o jogo. Sensação de ter jogado dinheiro fora. Expand