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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Create your own paradox... for the love of pie. Enter a macabre and comical silent world filled with mischief, time travel and delicious pie in The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom. Record yourself and harness your time-bending abilities to cooperate, compete against, and disrupt your past, present, and future selves. Winterbottom's debut misadventures present a whimsical spin on the notions of time, space, and play. Join Winterbottom as he travels through over 75 "movie" levels, causing mischief and mayhem in pursuit of the mysterious and elusive Chronoberry Pie on his spectacular journey through space-time. [2K Play] Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. 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+]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. LoganA
    Feb 19, 2010
    Winterbottom oozes with style and personality. From its unique art style, to the wonderfully emotional score, to the original gameplay mechanics, it is an all around jewel in the XBLA portfolio. The game feels fresh and the price is right on. It is a little on the short side, but quality > length. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2013
    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! Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2010
    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. Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2013
    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. Expand
  5. TheJesus
    Feb 22, 2010
    In a world where Indie apparently is forgiven for everything and larger dev houses are punished for minor flaws, it's depressing to see this solid if slighly amateurish game getting such high praise from reviewers. Whimsy is not code for 'poorly drawn' and if this had been released by a major publisher, it's shameless theft of mechanics from better titles would be treated with scorn. It's cheap, it's 'Indie' and few will ever play it or remember it, but it's not that bad. It just doesn't have much of a reason to exist. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2010
    The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is certainly an unique game, but the mechanics of the game are far too simple to compare to classics such as Braid. If Winterbottom is purely seen from an independent developer standpoint, then yes, it is a highly innovative game considering its low budget. But from a consumer viewpoint, the game is more average than fun. While the mechanics of having clones and controlling time is fun, it is not done so in a clever way. The drawings are very simple, and the missions are much too tedious. The backgrounds are dull and repetitive, it becomes monotonous after the first world. Winterbottom is fun for a couple minutes, but its dullness and monotony overcomes that entertainment. But in a developer standpoint, Winterbottom is an achievement for Indie companies, but that does not cut it in the mainstream audience. Expand
  7. Jan 11, 2011
    Though I really enjoyed the art and goofy poetry, there was not enough story to hold my attention, and the puzzles became too frustrating as they became based on crackshot timing. It was worth playing for a little while, but ultimately I didn't see the reward in persevering.

    5 for great look, but gameplay appealing only for someone that's more of a hardcore twitch platform fan.