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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: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Sep 2, 2020
    8
    Such a unique little game... Its dark, its ugly (in a good way), its creepy and I really wish it could be longer or/and they would make aSuch a unique little game... Its dark, its ugly (in a good way), its creepy and I really wish it could be longer or/and they would make a sequel. Delicious. Expand
  4. 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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  5. Mar 16, 2019
    7
    It excels in climax, the story is nice, mechanics are super simple but overall whole game is definitely to short (2 hours max). But despiteIt excels in climax, the story is nice, mechanics are super simple but overall whole game is definitely to short (2 hours max). But despite that for me it was very pleasant experience on one train journey. Really enjoyed it as a fan of traditional adventure games. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2018
    7
    Bulb boy is a small game, it will only last you a couple hours before you beat it, but on that short gaming journey there are several goodBulb boy is a small game, it will only last you a couple hours before you beat it, but on that short gaming journey there are several good things to say about the game, the art style is great and smooth, the game feels polished along with its puzzles, however they are simple and straight forward, even players new to point and click could play this game. Most of what the game offers however is charm and a comedic approach, while the game may seem spooky, humor is present just as much. Expand
  7. 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

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