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  • Summary: TumbleSeed is a roguelike about balancing a seed up a dangerous and ever-changing mountain. Avoid holes and defeat corrupted creatures in this dual-stick action adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 3, 2017
    100
    Thanks to the Rumble HD in the JoyCon, you get a sense of that physical feedback you would once have got naturally from those mechanical arcade machines; you feel your seed rolling from one side of the screen to the other. And while the tension of TumbleSeed makes it a surprisingly great spectator game, this just feels right in portable mode, with that precarious, procedurally generated mountain in the palms of your hands.
  2. 90
    TumbleSeed is the perfect combination of addicting gameplay, with a plethora of varied elements that solidifies itself among the pantheon of great roguelikes. Each run has its own unique feel that continues to keep the game incredibly fresh, whether it’s your tenth or hundredth run. While it’s a shame there’s no way to submit a score offline, the rest of the game shines so bright it’s easy to overlook. If you’re looking for a challenging, but insanely satisfying roguelike, look no further.
  3. May 2, 2017
    80
    Tumbleseed is just a game about concentration and survival. Simple to understand, incredibly hard to master. There’s a variety of different approaches to the levels, depending on your play style, and no matter what, the game will always give you a challenge.
  4. NF Magazine
    Jun 23, 2017
    80
    Play with no goal but enjoying the moment – and prepare to die, again and again and again. [Issue #28 – July/August 2017, p. 22]
  5. May 2, 2017
    79
    Tumbleseed is smart and charming and really challenging. Almost too challenging.
  6. May 4, 2017
    78
    TumbleSeed is unique and different, and has very distinctive features. It's roguelike take on a skill-based game isn't for everyone, but if you like how it sounds, give it a try.
  7. May 3, 2017
    60
    Each time I finally reached a new level, I was ecstatic. However you manage it, it's as rewarding to survive as it is frustrating to fail. But when those rewards start to feel further and further apart, it can be difficult to keep coming back for another climb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. May 3, 2017
    10
    Colourful graphics. Friendly little seed friends. Cute music.Colourful graphics. Friendly little seed friends. Cute music. BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTAL gameplay! Expand
  2. May 9, 2017
    10
    Definitely a great game that for what it is managed to stay engaging to the player. If you're a fan of rogueikes, this game's for you. JustDefinitely a great game that for what it is managed to stay engaging to the player. If you're a fan of rogueikes, this game's for you. Just don't get frustrated. You'll die ;) Expand
  3. Jun 17, 2017
    10
    Very difficult game, would definitely not recommend to everyone unless you like a good challenge. The controls are very different and unique,Very difficult game, would definitely not recommend to everyone unless you like a good challenge. The controls are very different and unique, but it can also make it frustrating until you get used to them.

    Personally, I'm 50 hours in and still play daily. There's a lot of deep strategy and even quite a few secrets! The devs are also very responsive to any problems we're having (in the TumbleSeed discord) and overall there's a great community!
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  4. Jun 19, 2017
    9
    Really charming and unique game. The game is very hard (many people say it's unfairly hard). The controls are also hard to learn. The game isReally charming and unique game. The game is very hard (many people say it's unfairly hard). The controls are also hard to learn. The game is simple when it comes to the gameplay. However, it gets deeper and more interesting the more you play it. The more time I spend on this game, the more I like it and the more I want to play it; and I think that defines a good roguelike. Expand
  5. May 11, 2017
    5
    This is like Kirby's Tilt 'n' Tumble (GameBoy Colour) or Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (GameBoy Advance), except it's actually a reallyThis is like Kirby's Tilt 'n' Tumble (GameBoy Colour) or Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (GameBoy Advance), except it's actually a really well-designed game... The problem is: no matter how good they are, I tend to dislike games that rely heavily on the "tilt" mechanic.

    In TumbleSeed, you alter the angle of a platform in order to guide a seed creature up through a series of obstacle-filled levels. There are various power-ups to help you along the way, but the levels are generated in such a way that (by chance) sometimes the difficulty is very high and sometimes it is normal.

    Despite the generated levels, this game is hardly ever easy. If you take your time, it isn't too difficult to get used to the controls. But, when there are enemies flying all over the screen, it's too easy to crash into something or slip down a hole.

    I like challenging games, and I do like the challenge in TumbleSeed. But, I don't find it very fun... I feel like I only keep going because I'm somewhat motivated to prove that I can beat it, or maybe I'm just trying to justify spending AUD$18.20 on this game.

    I kind of regret buying this, honestly.
    I haven't played it much and I got it a week ago.
    I'm sure I'll pick it up, now and then when I have nothing else to do...
    But, I can't help but think I'd rather be playing Metal Slug or something.

    This isn't a bad game, it just isn't for me.
    I'm going to give it a 5/10
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  6. Dec 18, 2017
    5
    TumbleSeed has its moments with its detailed visuals, mesmerising sound design and well-built levels. It's a great indie title, but there isTumbleSeed has its moments with its detailed visuals, mesmerising sound design and well-built levels. It's a great indie title, but there is just one problem, this game is over before you know it. There are only 4 linear worlds, and in each there are 3 challenges to complete, but overall, once you've done everything, you simply feel unsatisfied. The game tries to trick you into thinking there is more content by sporting a daily and weekly challenge on the main menu, but none of these matter, especially since your score will be forgotten to time. If you find TumbleSeed on sale it is worth it, but not at the standard price. Expand
  7. May 10, 2017
    0
    Frustrating, janky controls (not even analog even though they use the analog sticks), unfair enemies, hidden bombs under the holes,Frustrating, janky controls (not even analog even though they use the analog sticks), unfair enemies, hidden bombs under the holes, cringeworthy NPC dialogue, crap weapons. Crap game. Save your money. Expand

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