• Publisher: 2K Play
  • Release Date: Feb 17, 2010
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. There’s honestly very little to complain about with The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. It’s challenging, but never frustrating, and offers some of the most satisfying and addictive puzzle gameplay in recent memory.
  2. The charming and challenging puzzles of this downloadable title are great, at first. The challenge quickly goes from motivational to simply frustrating. Although the music is fantastic, the puzzles are clever and the presentation is tasteful the overall experience is dampened a bit by the frustrating nature of the challenge.
  3. 80
    If you consider Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels to be the pinnacle of platforming and want something with that level of difficulty combined with similarly challenging puzzles to solve, this is the perfect game for you. It looks great and is as hard as hell - that alone should tell you whether or not you should buy it.
  4. One, there is little else like it on XBLA or PSN for that matter. Two, the puzzles will provide the perfect amount of game time for the money. Three, it's 10 bucks and provides more game depth than Dante's Inferno and COD's single player games combined!
  5. This is, above all else, a supremely confident game: confident in its charm, in its challenges, and in its unique identity. If you thought Braid gave puzzle-platformers a soul, this one is all about personality.
  6. Started as a project at the University of Southern California, Winterbottom has traveled a long journey to make his debut on Xbox Live Arcade. Although it has a few small issues, it is an otherwise stellar first offering from the promising folks at The Odd Gentlemen.
  7. A worthy alternative to Braid with its own unique personality and some of the cleverest puzzles around.
  8. A delightful time-altering puzzler that smells of both Braid and freshly baked pie. Plus, the music is freakin' awesome.
  9. Sadly, these striking visuals only serve to exacerbate Winterbottom’s one true issue: some incredibly bland level design.
  10. Problem-solving fans will find a lot to love about getting to the bottom or, often times, the top of P.B. Winterbottom’s elaborate puzzle designs.
  11. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is like a good pie, the kind mothers used to make. It's warm and satisfying with a near-perfect consistency throughout. It might be appealing to try and devour all at once, but trying that may leave you with a bit of an ache. No, savor it. It's likely to be one of the best damn pies you're going to enjoy this year.
  12. Powerful execution on all fronts along with an extremely reasonable price combine to make this game a must get for all fans of puzzlers, indie games, or excellent downloadable titles.
  13. The innovative use of cloning and rich silent film aesthetic makes it one of the most original games available on XBLA, and at 800 MS points, it's an easy buy.
  14. Overall, The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom is a rather unique game, both in terms of look and gameplay, and fans of puzzle games are encouraged to give it a try.
  15. All in all, P.B. Winterbottom is a wonderful casual game experience and it will keep players craving for more. P.B. Winterbottom is now available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace at a reasonable price of 800 Microsoft Points so don’t worry it won’t break the bank.
  16. The whimsical nature of the art, music, and replicating gameplay is not only a refreshing take on platforming/puzzling games, but it's an excellent brain-straining challenge to all those “thinking” gamers who can endure a little trial-and-defeat.
  17. Smart games should be championed, not feared, and the mental challenges contained within this game are only more impressive once you solve them. Upon completing them, I felt as if I had truly conquered something. Of course, I also felt like I could really go for a nice piece of warm pie. Preferably a la mode.
  18. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom impresses with its puzzle design, offbeat humor, and sheer style.
  19. The production values on Winterbottom are pretty high, it's a fun game to just sit and look at, and the little bits of art and writing that join each stage are at least as good as a solid children's book.
  20. 85
    There's a fabulous Xbox Live Arcade game with stellar art and music, compelling gameplay about time manipulation, and no, it's not Braid. Comparisons to 2008's Xbox Live darling Braid are inevitable, but The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is no simple copycat.
  21. While this may be a short-lived journey with the world's most notorious pie-thief, it's impossible not to find the experience endearing, fun, challenging, and rewarding. This is an XBLA download that is well worth its weight in pie.
  22. The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is an impressive first effort by Los Angeles developer The Odd Gentlemen. Like Braid before it, it proves that great games don't require huge teams, huge budgets or huge production times.
  23. Surprising, fun, original, creative... There're many ways to describe what The Odd Gentlemens have done with P.B. Winterbottom. Following the typical gameplay mechanics of 2D adventures, this's an XBLA exclusive that reminds the greatness of Braid and the singularity of the classical cinema. A must-have that has to be on every gamer's shelf.
  24. After Braid, another splendid puzzle-platform hits the Marketplace.
  25. The levels are really a brilliant step in creativity as you make your way through using beams, jumping on machines, depressing switches and extinguishing flames, all for the almighty pie, with extra doses of memorable side stories and amazing designs of art splattered around, its a great accomplishment to see a title like this make its way onto a major format, and hopefully will give a nice budget to the Odd Gentlemen development team to continue to release these sparkling little gems.
  26. 85
    The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom is another unique puzzle game to the Xbox Live’s library. The well-done challenges and the moody style match perfectly and easily justify the purchase of this game.
  27. The peculiar art direction never grows old, and does well to amuse anyone contending with Winterbottom's resilient challenge. Not for the faint of heart, but a great game never the less.
  28. 83
    You've never seen or heard anything quite like it and the puzzle challenges are wildly inventive. It is extremely difficult, though, and can be exhausting to the point that you aren't motivated to continue playing. It can also be very rewarding when you finally figure a puzzle out.
  29. 80
    The puzzles can be difficult and challenging, and don't mind kicking you when you're down. But if you can get past that, and enjoy trying to find unorthodox ways of solving riddles, then this game will really be one that you can hold near and dear to your heart, and you will want to eat all the pie you can get your grubby little hands on.
  30. If you were a fan of Braid, or like puzzle games in general, I really can recommend this one. The puzzles themselves are neat (if not hair pulling at times) the presentation is superb, and it's certainly something a little different.
  31. Buckets of whimsy and oodles of puzzles make this a satisfying adventure, despite the sometimes steep difficulty.
  32. Whilst the Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom may not be everyone’s cup of tea it is a quirky and whimsical jaunt through the mind of a man addicted to pies and probably well worth a look for anyone wanting a change from the endless FPS cavalcade.
  33. It's not a fun-filled romp through a fantastic world - it's a test to divide the clever from the slow. Have fun, but all the same, buyer beware!
  34. 90
    Try it and you'll probably end up like me, telling your friends to play the game not just because it's a stylistic novelty, but because, like any good pie, it has both a delectable crust and a delicious filling, which make P.B. Winterbottom a memorable treat to enjoy.
  35. 100
    The carefully crafted setting, the intertwining of ingenious puzzles with a portly, gluttonous protagonist, makes this a terrific game that I wholeheartedly recommend you play immediately. [Grade = A+]
  36. 100
    Like the very best puzzle games, this one gets in your head and refuses to leave.
  37. My stomach growls in expectation of what else The Odd Gentleman has inside its oven. Be it pies, cakes, or sweets, I'm ready for more.
  38. 90
    Braid may seem like the closest contemporary to Winterbottom, as time manipulation is key to each game's platform challenges, but World of Goo is a near-equal counterpart in my mind. Both offer devious challenges complemented by fantastically clever aesthetics, but regardless of which game makes the most sense as an existing touchstone, simply mentioning The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom in their company should say a lot about how worthwhile and refined a game The Odd Gentlemen have created.
  39. The game is sumptuously constructed - its spindly and grotesque sense of caricature is a delight and the lively score is maddeningly hummable. [Apr 2010, p.97]
  40. Provides an experience altogether less pretentious and more accessible than the intensely referential platformer. Which is nice. [Issue#57, p.106]
  41. Original and filled with character. Winterbottom is a charming platformer that reminds one of Braid. Maybe it’s not as brilliant as that game, but it’s still a wonderful ride.
  42. An endearing little puzzle platformer with unique visuals and plenty of challenges. The game may have its flaws, but the humor and the bargain price makes up for it.
  43. A cracking puzzler that puts your brain through the wringer. [May 2010, p.83]
  44. At 800 points, this game is so charming that if you even remotely enjoy puzzle solving, it’s worth the purchase. Don’t take my word, try the demo, but be prepared to crave some delicious pie afterwords.
  45. This is really one of the XBLA must have games. Different elements get together nicely to please most videogamers tastes. Unless they really hate demanding games.
  46. A puzzle-platformer that tries a bit too hard to be the next Braid. While not as good, the twisted black & white visuals and solid gameplay will keep you entertained for a while. [Apr 2010]
  47. Maybe it's fitting that a game about pies leaves you hungry. Even if it ultimately ends up with your stomach growling, Winterbottom's very best bites are still worth every penny. [Mar 2010, p.80]
  48. In a time of heavy duty epics, there will always be space for well crafted gaming snacks to fill the moments when you don’t have 2 hours to spare, or just want something less serious to play. And, at 800 points, there certainly isn’t much of a financial disincentive- I strongly suggest you give it a try.
  49. The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom is a unique puzzle game to the Xbox Live’s library.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 236 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 11, 2010
    9
    The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is one of the most interesting arcade games I have ever played, it's score, storyline, grainy animation, and comical poetry make this game so satisfying. It is very artistic and enjoyable. This is one Platform Puzzle game you have to play. If the pies don't make you salivate the gameplay will everything about this game is original and fun. One of my favorite arcade games I have played, and I have played a lot. You will get so much more out of this game than the money you put into it. Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2013
    9
    I love the aesthetic of this silent film-inspired game. Its mind-bending puzzles are even more innovative than Braid's and gradually increase in complexity until the end. Stealing pies has never been so much fun! Full Review »
  3. Apr 11, 2013
    8
    An amazing little gem. Winterbottom is loaded with black'n'white-old-school-cinema humor. How often can you play a *good* game in black and white? The graphical style is really great (artsy stuff!) and soundtrack is really "old-school-movie evocative". Winterbottom consists various of short stages, each a puzzle of it's own. It's not a long game, but it's quite inexpensive, and it has good replay value. A great game for anyone who's into indie games, old movies or just wants a blast of "different" gameplay. It's also available for PC. Full Review »