Switch version tested
Imagine if you lived in a world where your head was a screw-in lightbulb. Pretty weird, huh?. Well, add on to that the fact that you’re house has been taken over by creatures from another dimension, and they’ve kidnapped your good old Grandpa and Mothdog, and you’ve pretty much imagined yourself into the shoes of Bulbware’s titular hero.
Originally finding success as a PC game and mobile-friendly app, Bulb Boy is an award-winning 2D point-and-click puzzle adventure game, that’s brimming with horror. Released on the Nintendo Switch waaay back in July of 2017, it has found new life on our favourite hand-held console, with very little need for change
If you’re not into dark games – as in you can’t see anything, not that the content is dark – then you’ll probably find Bulb Boy irritating and give up quickly. However, if you’re willing to persevere then you’ll be rewarded with a charming little story that is reminiscent of kids TV show Courage the Cowardly Dog in tone.
The gameplay is easy enough, but not too easy that it’s ever boring. In fact, there’s so much creepy stuff happening on screen that you’ll never really notice when things get a bit repetitive or simplistic. Strange monstrous arms protruding from the floor, spiders hungry for flesh, and nightmarish Turkey beasts are just a few of the surprises waiting to turn Bulb Boy’s lights out for good. The game’s Pegi 12 guys, so probably don’t let your little dears play it before bed, or the evil lurking in Bulb Boy’s home won’t be the only thing going bump in the night!
Bulb Boy was an impulse buy because of its low, low price on the Switch Store. For less than £2 you get a much-loved PC game lovingly ported to a modern-gen console, that will keep you entertained long into the night. There are better games out there, but as far as value for money goes Bulb Boy is lightyears ahead. See what we did there?
Beard Score: 5.5/10
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