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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
No. Some levels are unbeatable and you have to be perfect and move along top of level in dark with no direction. Not worth the dollar I spent on it.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Very poor game with horrible controls. Definitely don't buy this one.
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57 of 80 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
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
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83 of 138 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
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
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2013
Beautiful scenarios and very interesting gameplay with simple controls, grab this game when it's on sale.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
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.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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.
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16 of 30 people (53%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
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.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2012
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.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2010
Don't let the totally awful name put you off. This is a lovely little... erm... platformer I guess but it's based around a rolling thing that has different properties in different situations and doing various strange tasks. A vastly underated game.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2013
Even tought it's cheap don't buy not worth the time. Maybe kids will like it...
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2013
Игра очень красивая,красочная,графика супер! всем советую!!! 10/10
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Absolute Crap.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Worst acid trip of my life, play rock of ages instead.
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15 of 32 people (47%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Not bad, however it's not worth more than a few bucks either. also rember this game came out in 2006.
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6 of 14 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Controls just like real gum
You know. You just walk to a store...And...You buy gum
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Gumboy: Crazy Adventures isn’t perfect and does carry with it a bit of your typical puzzle-game tedium, but this remains a solid, well-crafted game that is well worth your time.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
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.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This game is really beautifull, with an art touch in the design of the levels, but controls are a bit uncomfortable. It's really worth playing it.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Pretty bad game. I can tell at least some effort went into this on the programming side though, and that's a shame.

On the face of it, its a simple ball rolling into hole puzzle game but tries to be more than it is by inventing names for well esatblished mechanics (power ups are luciferoids and stars and junk) certain number of points required before you can leave the incredibly simple levels, controls are clunky and bogged down at best frustratingly fast and floaty at worst.

not worth the respective 25 cents I paid for it in a dollar puzzle pack. I'd have more fun with a stick of gum.
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