Gumboy has fun and novel gameplay set in a richly imagined world. With simple game controls, Gumboy lets the player bounce, roll, float, and fly through the world. Additionally, Gumboy can change size, shape and material.
User reviews: Mixed (59 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 19, 2006
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Reviews

GameTunnel - 8/10 and 2006 Game of the Year

"One of the quirkiest and best put together games I've played in quite awhile. This game has a bounty of inventive innovation from its visually impressive and original theme to its 'keep you on your toes' and constantly changing gameplay... Gumboy is quite possibly the best indie game I've played this year." Read the full review here.

GamersMark - 8/10

"... The first thing you'll notice when you play Gumboy is that it's absolutely gorgeous."

About This Game

Gumboy has fun and novel gameplay set in a richly imagined world. With simple game controls, Gumboy lets the player bounce, roll, float, and fly through the world. Additionally, Gumboy can change size, shape and material. Moving through the world with different physical properties and gameplay: spheres, cubes or stars filled with rubber, air or water... Combine these elements with objectives centered on particle effects and control and Gumboy is refreshing, challenging, and original fun for everyone for all types of gamers.

  • Innovative game based on ball physics in various environments
  • Over 50 levels within a fairy-tale atmosphere
  • Interactive environments: water, wind, rain, teleports, boosts, sticky and slippery surfaces
  • Original artistic depiction of 6 various worlds (forest, field, cave, magical world...)
  • Fantastic lighting and dynamic effects
  • Detailed graphics with acceleration and fascinating particle effects
  • Various ball shapes: sphere, cube, star
  • Various ball fillings with an influence on its characteristics: rubber, air, water
  • Saves games in progress and the results achieved for several players
  • Game supports widescreen displays (16:9)

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP SP2, 1 GHz Processor, 256 MB System RAM, 32 MB OpenGL 3D Video Card, 50 MB Available hard disk space, DirectX 8.0 or higher

    Recommended: 1.6 GHz Processor, GeForce 5200 / Radeon 9600 or better video card

Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Nice game. Reminds me of Nokia's Bounce. The graphics are good with good motion dynamic albeit the ball is a bit difficult to control.
Posted: October 10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Very poor game with horrible controls. Definitely don't buy this one.
Posted: October 12
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Dear god this game is unplayable, literally, I can't beat this one level because it's missing ♥♥♥♥ing upgrades, next time, made a better game.
Posted: October 21
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
I must say I am quite surprised by so many negative reviews. To me this little game is pure genius. There's something about it you just can't put your finger on... something strange, hard to define. The premise is utterly simple - roll left or right - but the game keeps adding new possibilities every level. And it doesn't make a fuzz about it. "Here's something completely new, it's there, who cares". The mechanics and physics are spot on and the game explores them brilliantly. Visually it's beautiful and the characters you interact with are strange and fascinating. A feeling of novelty and discovery permeates the game from start to finish.

Here's my suggestion: watch some videos of the gameplay and see if it bothers you. If not, go for it, for you've barely seen the tip of the iceberg.
Posted: June 18
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game was included in a bundle I got, so I only paid $.25 for it, thankfully. The only positive I have to sa about this game is that the artstyle is beautiful. That aside, the gameplay is terrible. Getting Gumboy to jump is nearly impossible, the physics are annoying. Don't even get me started on the sound effects. I only played it for maybe 10 minutes before getting so frustrated that I uninstalled it. I wouldn't recommend this game even if someone gave it to you for free.
Posted: June 21
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Controls just like real gum
You know. You just walk to a store...And...You buy gum
Posted: August 12
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Why did I get this game again?
Posted: August 13
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I must say, even this game being all nasty. This is some next Gen ♥♥♥♥ right here and I really recommend this game for all your needs and desires.
Posted: May 3
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
This game has me rolling with the laughter of a MILLION elephants riding unicycles with the three blind mice who just got off an acid trip this game is sponsored in part by boxes and PATRIC FREAKING STAR buy this game if you want to live the high life of comedy and moments where you question your own existance in the universe
Posted: June 15
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Garbage, doesn't even want to work.
Posted: June 10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Baby sitting tool !
Posted: August 7
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Horrible game.
Posted: July 27
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Terribad. I got this for free and want a refund. Thank yaw.
Posted: May 23
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Absolute Crap.
Posted: May 25
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53 of 74 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Gumboy - Crazy Adventures earns my first negative review.

Campaign:
Let's get started, the protagonist known as Gumboy is a ball (most likely made of gum) that can transform into different shapes by collecting different in game items. There are different story sections of the game: Tutorial, Magic Forest, Bean World, Summer Meadow, Underground, and Caves. Each section is about equal in length except Underground which only has three levels. The tutorials offer a system which allows you to learn the basics of the game before they infuriate you in the actual campaign. Each mission you have an Astral Guardian who will help you to achieve an objective. Once you have completed the requirements a pollinator (somewhere on the map) will release pollen, you must then using an item offered by the Astral Guardian push the pollen back to the Astral Guardian. Upon completing this a portal opens which you can roll, roll, or roll into. This ends the level and allows you to move up to the next challenge. You can start in the first level of Magic Forest, Bean World, or Summer Meadows meaning there is no real beginning to the game. In fact there is no real story, just simply roll and collect the dust then roll on your merry way.

Gameplay:
If you didn’t notice I used the word roll a lot, this is because roll is your only native control. In order to jump you must collect a hiccup seed and it only lasts for a set amount of time. This is fantastic the character can essentially only roll left to right prior to collecting an item, this means before starting a level half the time you have to roll and find this item so you can actually start the level. Not only do you need to find the ability to jump before starting a level, you must then go find the shape transformation items on the levels (this is not optional). You play a character who is made of gum and cannot mold itself or jump by itself. The game continues by making it so the terrain has random bumps in it that block you from effectively moving (half the time throwing me in the wrong way – over and over again). The jump ability only works half of the time and the heights obtained by the jump seem completely random so going from one platform to the other is essentially just luck of the draw. If you could get past the incredibly poor controls, the required transformation changes, the ridiculous requiring an item to jump concept, and the awfully designed terrain you'd still probably not like this game. Gumboy - Crazy Adventures still pushes the boundary with an awful menu interface, rather than being able to simply move the mouse and select to exit a menu you need to roll your character through each menu option where it requires you to stop and wait till the sub menu interface opens. Even the in-game menu works similarly; to exit you have to roll round a huge ball just so you can quit the game. Gumboy – Crazy Adventures is a game that offers very little in the sense of entertainment. Then this game strives for being least interesting game by offering poor controls, terrible terrain navigation, and illogical gameplay.

Result:
Overall I would not recommend this game, although seeing as it came with the Indie Puzzle Back I guess you'll just have to have it stuck in your library. Some people would say you could get past all these deficits because the ambience is nice, the environment is pleasing, and the music is soothing. If you want a puzzle game where you are a ball, that offers interesting music, beautiful scenery, and a serene ambiance play influx. It’s the same price, it was made in 2013, and you will not want to kill yourself every time you try and move the character.

Pros:
+Whimsical music.
+I personally like how the dialogue is gibberish.

Cons:
-Poor Controls
-Poor terrain set up
-No default jump command "must find a Hiccup Seed"
-Poor menu interface/navigation
-Requirement to change shapes in order to beat levels (rather than allowing the gamer to decide when to change shape)
-Jump ability only works half of the time once you get the hiccup seed
-Jump ability heights are almost completely random and do not couple with speed boost
-Ball will bounce randomly around terrain rather than move effectively in one direction or another
Posted: March 5
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75 of 129 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
These sound effects should be illegal
Why is this not rated M
I swear one of these days someone's gonna play this and cry

Please rate this up
The world needs awareness
Posted: March 16
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Beautiful scenarios and very interesting gameplay with simple controls, grab this game when it's on sale.
Posted: September 15, 2013
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Not half bad. This rolling platformer provides a small variety of constantly changing character transformations that makes it fun and entertaining in small doses. The price is right.
Posted: July 15, 2012
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Игра очень красивая,красочная,графика супер! всем советую!!! 10/10
Posted: August 18, 2013
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15 of 28 people (54%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
This game is beautiful.

It has a magical atmosphere seldom found in videogames - close to Samorost or Machinarium (mood, not gameplay!) but still its own thing. Gameplay is fun too.

Whimsical, love it. Makes you feel in touch with nature. Should be more aknowledged.
Posted: December 22, 2013
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