Tumblestone is the first original action-puzzle game of the past fifteen years -- completely reinventing the genre into a deep and cerebral puzzle solving experience that you won't forget.
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Release Date: Jul 12, 2016

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September 22

Free Tumblestone Trial Now Available!

We've added the ability for you to try Tumblestone for free! You can play the trial by selecting green button that says "Play Game", just above the option to buy the full game. The trial includes the first ten levels of the story mode, one minute rounds of each arcade mode, and the ability to play multiplayer for up to five games per day. Enjoy!

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“Tumblestone is the most intelligent Match-3 game I've ever played.”

“We haven't been bit this hard by the 'oh, just one more game' bug in a long time.”
Ars Technica

“I regret every time I didn't make time to play Tumblestone.”
The Escapist

About This Game

Tumblestone is the first original action-puzzle game of the past fifteen years. Race your friends in multiplayer or challenge yourself in story mode. Solve progressively more difficult and creative puzzles, help a sausage make friends, and find out what happened to the Tumblecrown.

Your friends play for free

You can generate an unlimited number of free Steam keys to send to your friends so that they can play with you online, up to five games per day.

Key Features

  • Competitive multiplayer: Tumblestone's intense puzzle-solving action will turn playing "just a few more rounds" with friends into a late-night Tumblestone marathon.
  • Local multiplayer: Up to four players on a single computer.
  • Online multiplayer: Play online against your friends or make new ones using Tumblestone's ranked matchmaking system.
  • Bots: Have an open slot? Play against the computer. But can anyone withstand the punishing Nightmare bot?
  • Story mode: The 40+ hour story campaign will test your puzzle-solving prowess. Featuring 10+ gameplay modifiers, challenge puzzles, and boss battles.
  • Arcade modes: Kick back and relax with the casual Marathon mode, scratch an intellectual itch with the Infinipuzzle mode, or get your blood pumping with the fast-paced Heartbeat mode.
  • Leaderboards: Online leaderboards let your friends know you're better than them.
  • Quests: Hundreds of unique quests to complete.
  • Stats: Rank up, then compare how you stack up against your friends.
  • Personalization: Choose from a dozen unique characters and environments.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: No dedicated graphics card required
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: No dedicated graphics card required
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04.1+ or SteamOS+
    • Processor: SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: No dedicated graphics card required
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Very addicting but only 5 games in Trial mode.
Also 15 pounds price is too high for that kind of game.

I do not recommend

Bardzo wciągająca gra, ale tylko 5 gier jest za mało jak na Trial.
Dodatkowo cena jest za wysoka za tego typu grę.

Nie polecam.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
It's a nice addictive game but I don't agree with its price for a match-three game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This game is good but there too few people playing on multiplayer mode.
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42 of 55 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
This game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer/publisher but this did not affect my opinion on the game.

Tumblestone is a match three game, developed and published by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild, releasing on PC, XboxOne, PS4, PS3, PlayStation Vita and WiiU on July 12th 2016.

The gameplay consists of your usual match 3 points but it has somehow made it more addictive and fast-paced than usual. The gameplay is also done a more uniquely too; you have to work your way up the screen clearing blocks, rather than having access to the whole screen from the start, almost in a Space Invaders fashion. Whilst the game play can be fast-paced once you get the hang of the strategies presented before you, there is also a huge element of taking things slow and planning your route step by step, with a lot of having to go into a lot of the levels too. The game has a well fleshed out single player story mode which will take through the different stages of the game, from beginner levels right through to difficulty levels that are just way too difficult for me to comprehend. Tumblestone also comes equipped with multi-player game modes, on top of the classic arcade game modes.

Tumblestone has a very pleasing art style along with a really nicely designed UI design. I was happy to see a little of comical value inserted into the 2D graphics. The UI is so easy to navigate that it is never an issue. This is something to be said for this genre as some are quite clearly just ported from mobile devices. The colourful environments and game play features makes this game a joy to look at. It is also worth noting that there is no voice acting throughout the game, and there is a fair portion of dialogue to keep up with in between levels to progress the story.

This game is hard, you will only be able to progress the first 30 levels or so if you have a real keen eye for match three style puzzles. It was an uphill battle for me to even get that far! The game’s story mode boats 40+ hours of puzzles to solve, that alone will give you an insight as to how difficult this game will get. On top of these 40 hours from the singleplayer story, you’ll probably also want to jump into the arcade game modes and check out the multi-player gameplay too as this will be all too exciting and fast-paced! I wouldn’t think there is too much replay ability in the story mode as you may just want to stick to the arcade modes once you finish the story, but that is fine as you’ll end up with an almost infinite amount of gameplay then.

Personally I would like to have seen a more in-depth tutorial system as after the first couple of stages you are definitely thrown into the deep end, and whilst it is fairly self explanatory a little guidance could go a long way into hooking people into this genre of game.

Technically though, Tumblestone is sound. The game only supports lower resolutions which was a shame, but how crisp do you want those colourful blocks? The controls are perfect too, with the game being more than possible to play either using solely the keyboard or solely using the mouse. I opted for the mouse as it felt more comfortable and led to less user error mishaps

Overall, Tumblestone is one of the better match three games out on Steam now. It’s taken a huge leap above other straight ports from mobile, mainly because this has never been a mobile game. I would anticipate it will get a port later on given the amount of platforms this has already been released on. If you enjoy puzzles and more importantly, match three puzzles, then you for sure need to be checking Tumblestone out. The game comes split in two though, if you are more interested in playing the multi-player side of the game, you can get it fairly cheaply for a mere £6.99, however if you want the 40 hour single player experience you will have to fork out a little more, £18.99. Personally I would never pay that amount for a match three game as I usually only manage to get half way through before my skill level is peaked and I can’t get any further but I believe that the high production values on Tumblestone, combined with anyone with a love for this genre will get more than enough gameplay and replay ability out of it to warrant that £18.99 price tag.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Not Recommended
3) Only recommended when on sale
4) Recommended
5) Highly recommended
6) This is a must play

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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I've been playing puzzle games since I was young, but it's been quite a while since something has really grabbed my attention. I didn't think much of this when I first saw the store page, but I was so very wrong. Tumblestone is definitely the puzzle game I've been looking for.

Tumblestone is a Match-3 at heart, but it goes far deeper than you might think. The premise of the game is to match like-colored tumblestones in sets of three in order to clear the board. Your character shoots from the bottom of the screen to remove the lowest tumblestone of that column. This starts off as a rather simple task, but it quickly becomes a much more complex process; even the most straightfoward puzzles will require careful planning and execution to complete. As you progress through the campaign you will unlock modifiers, which mix up gameplay by changing the rules that are used when clearing blocks. Each of these modifiers will require you to think in a completely different manner than the others. You can also enable party mode in the options which will unlock every character and modifier to be used for local play only. In short, between its single-player and multiplayer modes, Tumblestone boasts a wide range of content.

The main focus of single-player is the story campaign. The store page isn't kidding around when it highlights this as a 40+ hour experience. There are 12 worlds in Tumblestone, each consisting of 30 stages. But even with 360 levels, everything feels like a unique challenge; otherwise, it wouldn't have taken me around 30 hours to reach the last world. Each puzzle, with the exception of randomized milestone challenges, is hand-crafted in a way that really makes you think. To add to the depth, a new modifier is introduced in each world, becoming the main focus for that world. The first few stages of each world serve to get you acclimated with the new modifier. On the 10th and 20th stages, you are tested with a small gauntlet of randomized puzzles. The random puzzles being thrown in encourages you to figure out the puzzles yourself and improve your technique (rather than breezing through with a guide). Although, if you are having some trouble, the game does reward you with a skip token from each world that is usable on any non-milestone stage. These tokens are cumulative and can be used at any point of the game. After passing your first gauntlet, modifiers from previous worlds are thrown in to stir up the gameplay even further. At the end of each world, you face off against the character of the next world in an action-packed puzzle race. Also, each milestone encounter is coupled with a story sequence that plays out with dialogue over gorgeous art stills. I was quite surprised as to how much I enjoyed the narrative; it even had me laughing out loud at times. Oh, and you can play as a sausage!

In addition to the campaign, there are 3 arcade modes: Marathon, Infinipuzzle, and Heartbeat. Marathon has no time limit for actions and is all about surviving as many moves as possible on a wider playing field than usual. Infinipuzzle, as suggested by the name, is an infinite string of randomized puzzles that keep coming until you fail. This mode also allows you to select a modifier, if you desire. And my favorite mode, Heartbeat, is a fast-paced survival challenge against a wall of steadily approaching tumblestones. Each of these modes, including each modifier in Infinipuzzle, has their own leaderboard. There are also leaderboards for your overall rank and the number of quests completed. Quests essentially act as a challenge list with objectives, such as: finish a level with the perfect amount of moves, complete a certain level, or win a match against a number of bots. And, just in case this wasn't enough content, there is plenty of variety to be found within the multiplayer as well.

Multiplayer can be played either online or locally with up to 4 players and/or bots across 3 match types. Battle is similar to your standard competitive puzzler where the more you clear, the more tumblestones appear on your opponents' boards. This mode is great for those who prefer traditional puzzle multiplayer. The other two modes, Puzzle Race and Tug of War, really break the mold when it comes to competitive action. Instead of fighting to knock your opponent out, you're trying to clear your board before they do. You gain a point in puzzle race by completing a full-sized puzzle before the others. Tug of war works a little differently, in that each player starts off with 2 small puzzles instead. Since they're smaller, they typically get cleared more quickly. However, to keep it interesting, another puzzle chunk is sent to your opponent once you clear yours. This mode is by far my favorite, as it has provided me some of the most intense and gripping back and forth matches I've ever had in a puzzle game. These two puzzle modes also allow you to activate any of the modifiers you've unlocked. Turning on all of the modifiers and randomizing them makes for some exciting matches as your mindset will have to change from round to round. It is also possible to customize other aspects of the multiplayer, such as how many rounds to win, or if you want everybody to have the same board or not. My favorite touch of the versus mode is that when a player wins a round, the background and music of the game change to their character's. The only downside to the multiplayer right now is there isn't a constant stream of players online. In these situations you can turn on bots--which range from pushovers to superhuman--or you can generate a friend key that allows them to play 5 matches with you per day. I'll admit that it is a bit cumbersome, but it's nice that your friends can try the online before they buy it.

Tumblestone is certainly a contender for my favorite puzzle game of all time, right next to Puyo Puyo and Tetris. However, keep in mind that this game can be quite challenging. There have been puzzles that I've reset hundreds of times on before figuring them out, but it's extremely satisfying to see that final shot slow down as your clear that last block. It is also quite addictive, as I often find myself returning to the game not even 10 minutes after exiting. All in all, Tumblestone is chock-full of content that will keep you occupied for countless hours; as mentioned before, I've spent over 30 hours on the story mode alone. Being a fantastic and challenging experience, I would absolutely recommend this game to any fan of the puzzle genre, without hesitation.
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27 of 44 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Tumblestone is a match three puzzle arcade game that has a single player campaign, arcade modes as well as multiplayer modes.

Check out my Quick Review here: https://youtu.be/Iv6LscyyxUA
I originally found out about Tumblestone at PAX East this year, and I immediately thought of games like Bust-A-Move and AstroPop. Tumblestone looked like a great twist on the action puzzle games that I used to love so much.

The campaign does have a story, and you play as a different character in each world trying to stop the tumblestones from taking over everything. I played Tumblestone solely for the gameplay, but the goofy characters, and silly story were a nice touch. The puzzles are more challenging in Tumblestone than in games like Bust-A-Move since you have a limited number of blocks to use in Tumblestone.

  • single player campaign has a ton of content (I’ve been playing it for over 8 hours, and haven’t even gotten 50% completed yet)
  • enjoyable puzzle gameplay, and different puzzle mechanics are introduced in each world
  • single player arcade modes and multiplayer are very fun and addicting to play; they're also great for those looking to compete head-to-head or just set high scores
  • different modes available for up to four-player multiplayer (either online or local); you can substitute bots with varying difficulties in as well, and different settings you can adjust to make the game even more challenging
  • gameplay feels very responsive, which is a must for an action game like this
  • music is decent, but also gets repetitive (which is to be expected in an arcade puzzle game)
  • backgrounds look appealing, and they aren’t so overly done that it is distracting to the gameplay

  • sound effects are repetitive and get a bit annoying (a separate slider for just the sound effects volume would have helped)
  • there are not enough level skips available in the campaign if you have trouble with a certain puzzle mechanic
  • because there are thirty levels within each world of the campaign, some levels may start to feel repetitive before moving on to the next world
  • sore thumb!! after a few hours constant playing (not really a con per se, but still, you have been warned!)

You are able to unlock one level skip per world, but I don’t feel like there are enough level skips available. I love that there are so many levels, but at the same time, if you find yourself struggling with one of the puzzle mechanics in a world, you may become discouraged, and give up missing out on all the rest of the campaign. I would like to see more level skips available, even if you have to do certain achievements, or something to unlock them. Most of the campaign, you can take your time with the levels, so it’s definitely more geared to those who are looking to solve puzzles.

The multiplayer and arcade modes are for those looking for more of the action puzzle experience. The puzzles are easier in this mode, since there is a greater focus on speed to overwhelm or beat your opponent. There’s definitely a good amount of replay value to be had with the multiplayer and arcade modes.

I have been getting a lot of enjoyment out of Tumblestone, and there is so much left that I can still do, especially in the campaign. I also like how you can purchase only the multiplayer pack, or the entire game. I would like to also see a single player pack available though, so that players who only want to experience one can buy whichever one they want. I feel that the price is reasonable, as I’ve definitely gotten sufficient time played for the cost. Tumblestone is a great game for anyone looking for a fun and addicting action puzzle game.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
So much more than meets the eye!

I've watched this game grow from just a fairly straightforward puzzle race into a sprawling behemoth of a game with a fully fleshed out campaign and enough multiplayer modes to satisfy any kind of competition you could hunger for.

Sure it's match 3- but one look through the modes, and you'll see that the match 3 system is implemented in more ways than you'd have ever thought it could.

As a casual puzzle game, as a stumping take-your-time puzzle game, as a frenzied dash- it has aspects that will appeal to any mind that craves puzzles and logic.

And the multiplayer brings it to another level.

Dibs on sausage.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Tetris, Lumines, Meteos, Puzzle Strike, Tumblestone
All time classic action puzzler!

Tumblestone perfects, what it does!

I don´t know, why almost no professional website did a review.
I don´t know, why there is no (time limited) demo.
Both would show, that the price of this masterpiece is more than justified!
You only realize the full potential and quality after playing it for a few minutes.

Couldn´t recommend it more, Tumblestone really is one of the best single player and competitive games of this genre.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This is a very good party game to play with 4 people. With the release of the trial, I think it is a good thing for people to try the game before buying. Would recommend getting the game to play with friends.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Tumblestone rocks! I don't normally play match three games but I love well designed puzzle games and also games to play with friends.

I bought this a while ago at PAX and I've really enjoyed it. My only reget was not buying more copies for friends. It really shines in multiplayer and especially in local multiplayer. It's a match three puzzle game with a variety of modes which are all fun.

It's good if you love puzzles but also enjoy them being fast paced (which is why I've described it as being like reverse tetris in the past). It's a match three game where you try to win before the other players. However, the trick is that it's a puzzle so if you do something in the wrong order you have to restart. You can be very close to being done then realize too late that you've messed up! The campaign is strong but expect some hard puzzles that will stump you right away; the difficulty gets high quickly. Rather than getting necessarily more difficult with each "world" it seems that it instead introduces another mechanic each world.

Buy this if you want a fun, easy to learn/teach local game for playing with friends or you enjoy fast paced puzzle games to play alone or with online friends/other players.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: September 20
A couch co-op lover's dream!

A must-buy for your Saturday nights in...
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
Ridiculous! Bought the game based on good reviews, turned out that only 10min of gameplay in storymode was included. Which was very basic and simple. To continue 1,5 times the already paid price is asked. For me this was a complete waste of money!
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6.7 hrs
Posted: September 10
Even though I got this game for free on Xbox, I had to get a copy for my computer.
There are hundreds of levels to keep you occupied and these puzzels get pretty difficult later on. The $25 price tag is totally justified with the amount of content in this game.
Just incase anyone on Xbox is wondering, the Arcade mode is free in the Steam version of Tumblestone. You'll also be able to get free steam keys to give to all your friends and play multiplayer with so they can give it a try, giving them a $10 discout later on.
This game is great.
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0.5 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 14
I've played this game a lot more than what it shows I have. (I usually play offline.) This is an amazing puzzle game thats even better in Multiplayer Mode.
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8.4 hrs
Posted: August 3
Full Review @ TheVideogameBacklog.com

Score: Tasty!

With an entertaining story, four-player hectic/friendplunchingly-good multiplayer, smooth gameplay, tough puzzles and a wide assortment of mechanics to test your brain, I can’t recommend Tumblestone enough to anyone who has ever enjoyed a puzzle game before. It’s bright, colorful and inviting which is a good contrast to the gut-punch that is some of the challenges that await you in either story mode or some of the gameplay modifiers that hinder your speed in the multiplayer. While they say that there is 40+ hours for the story mode campaign, I would like to point out that there is a heavy emphasis on the “+” there. With the growing difficulty, I’ll be surprised if I ever truly conquer this game and that’s ok with me.
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26.0 hrs
Posted: August 3
Love this game.
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