Bulb Boy
Gameplay 7
Graphics 8
Sound 7

Bulb Boy is a strange point-and-click adventure-style game about a boy with a bulb for a head trying to save his family from the evil that took over their house. It features some surprising elements for the genre, such as action scenes and boss battles, along with simple yet fun puzzles to solve. Some parts of the game can be annoying, and the game is relatively short despite its slow pace, but overall, it deserves a closer look.

Gameplay: Bulb Boy differs from your typical point-and-click adventure thanks to the twisted puzzles.

Graphics: The visuals are gory, gross, and actually quite good.

Sound: Bulb Boy features some unnerving sound effects and creepy music

Summary 7.3 Great
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Summary 0.0 Terrible

Bulb Boy

Developer: Bulbware | Publisher: Bulbware | Release Date: 2015 | Genre: Point & Click / Adventure / Indie | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Once, there was a young boy who lived happily with his grandfather and his dog. However, the boy is startled and awakened one night only to discover that some evil has taken over their home. Not only was his grandfather and dog nowhere to be seen, but monsters lurked everywhere. Fortunately, the protagonist is not an ordinary boy but has a large bulb for a head. This comes in extra handy as he can unscrew his head and roll it around or even attach it to other critters, such as fish and spiders. Even so, his journey to find his dog, which is actually a flying mothdog, and his grandfather, who has a lamp for a head, will be challenging.

Bulb Boy is a rather unique game, not only because of the freakish protagonist and the monsters that terrorize his house. It is basically a point-and-click adventure, but one where death lurks around every corner. The classic Gobliiins was clearly an inspiration for Bulb Boy as it features the same style of single-screen puzzle solving. Everything Bulb Boy needs to make progress is typically in his immediate vicinity, so backtracking is pretty much eliminated. His inventory is also purposefully kept limited, so it is usually apparent what items you need and where to use them.

Unlike most other point-and-click adventures, Bulb Boy has some frustrating trial-and-error sections. Death can come swiftly, but luckily, the game frequently saves, and the nearest checkpoint is usually very close to where Bulb Boy can get killed. Nevertheless, it can still get annoying as the game is relatively slow-paced and having to repeat these types of sections feels a little out of place in a game of this type. Bulb Boy even features what can only be described as boss battles, which is definitely unusual for a point-and-click adventure, as are the spots where perfect timing is required to progress. The actual puzzles themselves are never too challenging, and the game even has a built-in hint system to help players who get stuck.

Bulb Boy uses a monochromatic color scheme for its 2D visuals, and the overall style leans heavily toward the gory and gross. In addition to the disturbing monster designs, the game is also filled with poop.

There’s even one scene where players have to cover Bulb Boy in poop to sneak past enemies, and another where not going to the toilet can literally kill him. Along with a monster made entirely out of poop, the most disturbing enemy in the game is a giant plucked, headless chicken that stomps about with swaying guts hanging out and all. The use of light, shadows, and green and red visuals makes for a very unsettling experience. Even the animations are cool but slow the game’s pace quite a bit. We really like how Bulb Boy’s head illuminates his surroundings and even factors into a few puzzles.

Although most locations are creepy versions of a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom sewers, and greenhouse, they’re not all dark and twisted. In certain parts, Bulb Boy also has flashbacks to happy memories of being on a fishing trip with his grandfather or enjoying a picnic. These scenes provide a breather between all the doom and gloom, but they are short-lived. Most of the game takes place in disturbing places, and some of the unnerving background noises further amplify the feeling of unease. Even the music features some intentionally discordant sounding parts that increase the anxiety.

Bulb Boy is certainly not a frightening game, despite a few attempts at jump scares, but there is just this overall feeling of “wrongness” that pervades it. Instead of actual speech, the game uses weird babbling noises when characters talk. This fits the game style much better, and it is still clear to see what they mean from the pictures shown in their speech bubbles. The controls have also been intentionally simple, as one click is used for everything from walking to picking up stuff. Your inventory is accessed from the top of the screen, and solving puzzles is usually a matter of selecting an item and then clicking where you want to use it. Only items that can be used or interacted with are highlighted when you move your cursor over them, so there is no time wasted examining or clicking on everything in sight.

Despite some annoying parts, Bulb Boy is a unique and interesting game. Sadly, it was also a very short game that only took us three hours to complete. This included using the scene select available after completing the game to return and get a few missable achievements. The scatological humor in Bulb Boy won’t appeal to everyone, and the creepy graphics will surely deter a few players as well. However, players who can look past this or even appreciate it will find Bulb Boy to be a disturbingly entertaining little game.

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Processor: Intel i3
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 “Snow Leopard” 2.4 GHz
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 320M 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM

Related posts

I Am Bread

I Am Bread

I Am Bread is a lot of fun to watch, but until you have played it for yourself it is hard to describe just how addictive it is. Just like its predecessor, Surgeon Simulator 2013, the controls have a steep learning curve, but the amount of mayhem you can get up to make it worthwhile. Thanks to the extra modes the game also has a ton of replay value and it is definitely one of the more entertaining titles that we have played this year. Gameplay: Goofy, over the top, intentionally frustrating and utterly addictive. Graphics: Detailed and colorful. Sound: The game features a very catchy soundtrack.

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is an action-packed Metroidvania title with a fascinating and sprawling game world to explore. This world is also inhabited by some of the genre's strangest and most fascinating enemies and NPCs. Completing the game provides a nice challenge, but players determined to uncover every secret and ending will be surprised to see how much is lurking beneath the cute exterior of Hollow Knight. Gameplay: Hollow Knight is an absolute blast to play, and there's so much to see and do that players can easily lose hours in Hallownest. Graphics: The 2D visuals are charming, and the character designs, as well as unique areas, make for a memorable experience. Sound: Everything from the haunting soundtrack to the strange language spoken by the bugs is superb.

Pretty Girls Breakout!

Pretty Girls Breakout!

Pretty Girls Breakout! is an anime-themed take on the popular Breakout genre and features a selection of girls, all with different costumes to unlock. The gameplay is essentially the same as traditional Breakout games, with the exception of not just moving a paddle left and right, but controlling a little character who can swing a paddle at incoming balls and projectiles. It's not a very long game, but it is affordable and offers a relaxing way to kill some time. Gameplay: Very straightforward, but later levels can be challenging. Graphics: The character sprites are beautiful, and the visuals are very colorful overall. Sound: A decent selection of tunes and sound effects.

Pinball FX2 – Star Wars™ Pinball: Heroes Within Pack

Pinball FX2 - Star Wars™ Pinball: Heroes Within Pack

These are not the first Star Wars themed tables by Zen Studios, but they are certainly some of the best. This time you get four tables instead of the usual three and each one of these offers hours of gameplay. With so much variety and great table themes in the set, it is hard to pick a favorite and I found myself bouncing back and forth between tables all the time. If you are a fan of pinball and love Star Wars then this is an essential purchase. Gameplay: Four Star Wars themed tables with great layouts. Graphics: Another excellent use of the license. Sound: Some of the speech snippets sound a bit "off," but overall it is a great effort.

Untitled Goose Game

Untitled Goose Game

Untitled Goose Game allows players to waddle around as a large goose who is on a mission to annoy everyone as much as possible. It's a charming and whimsical game that had us laughing out loud at times. Some of the objectives are more amusing than others, but each new area we unlocked was a treat to explore and trash. Unfortunately, with only four main areas and a short final location, the game can be completed in a matter of hours. There's some extra fun to be had with the new, harder objectives you are given, but these are still restricted to the old locations. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a lighthearted game or want a stealth puzzler without the usual blood and violence, then Untitled Goose Game is a good choice. Gameplay: Unique and entertaining, but very short. Graphics: Very charming and colorful. Sound: The piano-based soundtrack is a good match for the style of the game.

Team Indie

Team Indie

Team Indie features an all-star lineup of characters taken from some of the best indie titles of recent years. You’ll also have to put these characters to good use as while the game is a platformer at heart it also features a heavy puzzle element. The game doesn’t quite live up to its full potential though and unfortunately there are some annoyances that drag it down. However, if you enjoy the genre and like the characters it should keep you busy for quite a while. Gameplay: With its large cast of characters and challenging levels it will take you a while to see and do everything. Graphics: Nice character designs, but the backgrounds are a bit bland and the animation could have been better. Sound: None of the tunes, except for the one during boss battles, are exactly memorable.

Leave a comment

nineteen − six =