Bulb Boy

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

70%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 critic reviews
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8 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2017

I'm a big fan of the art style, animation, and cute yet creepy nature of Bulb Boy that reminds me of cartoons from my childhood. Like for real, this is probably the closest thing we will ever get to a proper Courage the Cowardly Dog game, so if you have nostalgia for that show, pick this up. The two-hour length and lack of replayability will probably be a turnoff for some, but if you're like me, you're desperate for content to play on your Nintendo Switch and for $9 you could do much, much worse. Trust me on that one.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2015

A pretty simple and straightforward point and click adventure, yet with an adorable, over the top personality. Absolutely irresistible if you love horror, kawaii and... toilet humor.

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85 / 100
Dec 8, 2015

It feels odd calling a point & click horror game adorable, but that's what Bulb Boy is. Heartwarming moments are mixed with gross-out details without any friction. The surreal story has plenty of twists and turns, and the puzzles are enjoyable to work out. This little indie title is truly a gem in its own special way.

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7 / 10
Sep 3, 2017

Bulb Boy may not boast the largest content ever seen and while it comes across as too linear and its lifespan feels rather short, it also has several interesting redeeming factors, such as its use of light, a successfully crafted horror atmosphere and an overall well implemented presentation.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2017

Overall, Bulb Boy is a solid title on Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for a horror-based point and click adventure and are on a budget, definitely pick it up when you get the chance.

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8 / 10
Jul 6, 2017

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.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2018

Bulb Boy in a pretty good style fits in the convention of puzzle games, adding several ideas from platformers and completing it with an unique artistic setting.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Bulb Boy managed to hit the perfect combination of linearity, instinctiveness and charm.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 6, 2017

If you're looking for a unique game experience on the Switch that isn't terribly expensive and will provide you with a few hours of varying challenges and laughs, Bulb Boy delivers quite handsomely.

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Adam Riley

Top Critic

5 / 10
Jul 15, 2017

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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