One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage and use his glass head to save everything he loves.
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Very Positive (193 reviews) - 89% of the 193 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 29, 2015

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June 24

Enlightning version 1.03

We're glad to announce thanks to you feedback we put together a new improved version of this shiny game.



We managed to find &squish some of the minor bugs:
  • Improved overall performance of the game
  • Bulb Boy freezing when he starts baking the cake
  • Some little issues
We're extremely happy to inform you know that we are bringing our shiny child to iOS and it will be powered on next month!

We're also want to let you know that 7 Linux users volunteered to be beta-testers of Linux version! If you want to join the community and help build penguin-friendly version of Bulb Boy please apply here: contact@bulbware.com

If you want to share with us anything, involving some constructive critique or funny kittens photos, you can find as always here: contact@bulbware.com If you live in Italy and want to meet us in person we are at Game Happens! festival in Genova, Italy until 25 of June.

Take care, we love you all,
Artur & Szymon, Bulbware

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May 13

Bulb Boy Update 1.02 is shining!

Greetings guys!

We have fixed some user report bugs:

  • Critical and small bugs fixed
  • massively improved MacOS version
  • Gameplay improvements
  • Animation improvements

Please do contact us if you have any issues. Either use Steam or drop us a line on contact@bulbware.com.

Thank you for the support guys.
We hope to see some of you in Singapore at Casual Connect Asia from 17th to 19th of May!

May the light shine upon you!
Artur & Szymon, Bulbware

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Reviews

“Unusually stylish creation.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“A point & click simple and unpretentious, but with a personality and an irresistible style”
IGN

“Nightmare inducing game.”
Gamespot

About This Game

One gloomy night, Bulb Boy wakes suddenly from a frightening nightmare to discover that evil has overshadowed the Bulbhouse. His family has disappeared and there are horrid monsters lurking in the shadows. Gather the courage and use his glass head to save everything he loves. Find light in yourself!

Gameplay

Bulb Boy is an intuitive 2D point & click horror adventure about a boy with a glowing head (alright, it's a bulb...) inspired by Machinarium and Gobliiins. Solve puzzles, defeat wicked monsters and reveal bulby's abilities to unfold a twisted tale. Ohhh... And don't forget to save your Grandpa-raffin and Mothdog from the frightening darkness..

Key Features

  • DEFEAT THE MONSTERS -Explore the Bulb house, that is full of frightening creatures. Defeat the evil in all its forms and bring the light back.
  • BULB'S TALENTS - Being a boy that is a bulb comes with many talents. Not only does your head light up and allows you to survive electrical shocks, but it can also be unscrewed for use in strange places.
  • PLAYABLE FLASHBACKS - Play as other family characters. Relive Bulb Boy's childhood memories to uncover the mystery of the story.
  • BUBBLE SPEECH - No dialogue, just bubble speech. Watch the story unfold in animated clouds.
  • SECRETS - There are things in the house waiting to be revealed.
  • POOP - In many sizes and proportions.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Intel i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.3 "Snow Leopard" 2.4 GHz
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 320M 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM
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Kafro Hudrep
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
bulb boy's kinda like binding of isaac if it were a point & click adventure instead of a roguelike. it's got the same kind of gross and disgusting aesthetic with liberal use of poop imagery that i know a lot of people, including myself, aren't really into. furthermore, the use of only a single color (green or red) at a time is something i appreciate as an idea, but i'm not too big of a fan of how this game does it. it feels more like a way to mask the newgrounds-y level of the artistry, rather than something genuinely pleasing stylistically. on the other hand, the sound design is top notch, though i'm not a fan of the tune that's supposed to represent pleasant moments — it's kinda grating more than soothing.

the adventure is mostly slow and linear. the puzzles aren't too difficult to figure out despite the lack of dialogue, and there's a hint option available at every step just in case something's a bit unclear. there's a boss battle at the end of each section to add a bit of tension; while these are mostly not frustrating, misclicking into the same drawn out death animation repeatedly and having to wait until the game lets you restart can be a bit irritating.

i hesitate to call the game horrifying; the monster designs are creepy, but they lack detail in-game compared to what is shown in the concept art on the store page. the adventure parts without them are kinda boring and tend to overstay their welcome, even despite the game's already short 3 hour length. in all honesty, i enjoyed the cute and heartfelt moments of the game more than anything else — which there were quite a few of, thankfully. the final boss is also hilarious.

i've mulled over how to end this review for a bit, but i can only really muster up an "it's okay." so, yeah. bulb boy is okay, and his dog and grandpa are okay too. thanx 4 readin'
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deepcut
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 20
Has some great style, but it's rather easy, and rather short.
At around 2 hours to finish, and maybe 3 if you replay to finish all the achievements.
It was worth what I paid for it.
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VanillaFox
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 15
Love this game! A perfect mix of horror and smart gameplay. Watch my series on Bulboy at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3_vLH6NUGnlkItlZVGZ2Og

Hope to see you there!
(=ↀωↀ=)
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ScrubitoS
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
loveable game short but awesome :D
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Darkwulf
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 4
It was a short, fun experience. The character designs are strange and wonderful. It's almost as if the Binding of Isaac became an advenure game.

I did have one minor issue with the game, the further I got into the game, the longer the load times became. I think it has something to do with the way the game saves. However, it didn't detract from the game.

Check this one out.
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Tillburg
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 3
GLANCE RECOMMENDATION: 72% YES / 28% NO

GOOD
  • Incredible grotesque, unnerving art style as you traverse Bulb Boy to his probable death.
  • Lighting adds much to the game as you explore and encounter the strange invaders of your household.
  • Gameplay is good for the most part and comes with a generous hint system.
  • Most of the sequences are interesting and disturbing in their own right.

NEUTRAL
  • I'm not sure about $9 for under two hours of play. I grabbed this on a 50% off discount and even that is iffy.

BAD
  • I really didn't like the strawberry boss and teeth sequences. The controls are fine for most things, but these sequences show the controls to be a bit too finicky for what you need to get done, so it may take a try or two.
  • If you accidentally click the book in the drawer at the end, then a stamp, you get flown to that chapter. That's fine if it asked if you're sure but since it doesn't, it's annoying considering you may just want to finish up the game at that point which involves looking at the TV for the final image.

SUMMARY
Bulb Boy goes for showing the player a grotesque, unnerving household with its interesting take on lighting and characters rather than difficulty or hardcore puzzles. There are some cool things to see here, but I wouldn't recommend this unless you can get this at least on 50% discount. The two hours of play don't leave an impression desired by its full price point.
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saitcheson
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 2
Short, sweet, gross, humorous and ultimately touching, this was a fun game to play. Sort of like if Machinarium had a baby with Dropsy and Boogerman. The music and sfx are top notch! Recommended!
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loner
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 1
A decent but short point-and-click with a dark Binding-of-Isaac-like aesthetic (except that everything is green), but otherwise rather unremarkable.

The Good:
  • It does what it's designed to do - solid point-and-click puzzles and occasional timing minigames.
  • Unique theme - dark glowstick-green aesthetic and weird characters who manage to be both cute and disgustingly gross.

The Bad:
  • Run-of-the-mill gameplay - while competent, the game doesn't do anything interesting or new to point-and-clicks.
  • Short - two hours is all it took for me to beat the game while taking my time and getting all achievements.
    (and another hour of waiting for the last trading card to drop)
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Residoo
3.0 hrs
Posted: July 29
Poop humor. Atrocious loading times. Has a bit of a cute factor.
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PoorLepRecon
2.5 hrs
Posted: July 23
It's got some charm, but that doesn't forgive it for being ridiculously short (2.5 hours if you get all the achievements), some frustrating sequences, and a lack of clear direction for many of the puzzles.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Short, sweet, gross, humorous and ultimately touching, this was a fun game to play. Sort of like if Machinarium had a baby with Dropsy and Boogerman. The music and sfx are top notch! Recommended!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Has some great style, but it's rather easy, and rather short.
At around 2 hours to finish, and maybe 3 if you replay to finish all the achievements.
It was worth what I paid for it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
It was a short, fun experience. The character designs are strange and wonderful. It's almost as if the Binding of Isaac became an advenure game.

I did have one minor issue with the game, the further I got into the game, the longer the load times became. I think it has something to do with the way the game saves. However, it didn't detract from the game.

Check this one out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
A decent but short point-and-click with a dark Binding-of-Isaac-like aesthetic (except that everything is green), but otherwise rather unremarkable.

The Good:
  • It does what it's designed to do - solid point-and-click puzzles and occasional timing minigames.
  • Unique theme - dark glowstick-green aesthetic and weird characters who manage to be both cute and disgustingly gross.

The Bad:
  • Run-of-the-mill gameplay - while competent, the game doesn't do anything interesting or new to point-and-clicks.
  • Short - two hours is all it took for me to beat the game while taking my time and getting all achievements.
    (and another hour of waiting for the last trading card to drop)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Love this game! A perfect mix of horror and smart gameplay. Watch my series on Bulboy at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3_vLH6NUGnlkItlZVGZ2Og

Hope to see you there!
(=ↀωↀ=)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
loveable game short but awesome :D
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54 of 67 people (81%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 29, 2015
Light-Bulb Moment

Full disclosure: review copy provided by developer/publisher!

Love and hate share a very fine, fine line. Likewise, I think cute and gross share a similar line.

Think I'm crazy? That's fine, I do too.

But here's an example for you: let's say your hypothetical toddler is playing in spaghetti - what's your initial reaction? You'll probably grab a camera and post it all over Facebook. "Mondays, amiright?"

Great caption.

A respectable 12 likes.

But if you come home and there's a strange baby in your house covered in food garbage, grinning a big ♥♥♥♥ eating grin - what's your initial reaction? You'll probably call the police.

But is either scenario objectively grosser than the other? I think not! It's all about framing. That's why I'm coining a new term: grossdorable – the act of toeing the line between gross and adorable with the combined nimbility of the girls Chinese Olympic Gymnastic team.

That was a tortured metaphor.

I'm going to make a mildly controversial statement, brace yourself appropriately.

This is the most fun I've had with a point n' click adventure in YEARS.

I know, I know. Scandalous. But it's true; Bulb Boy is an absolute blast. It's intuitive, it's charming, it's creepy, it's gross, it's FUNNY... and you know, it's weirdly varied, content-wise, for a point n' click. It approaches game design in a minimalist way... but it's chockablock with unique gameplay. It's full of great pop/gaming culture references but it never feels forced or overdone. It tells a cute story, compelling story full of likable little characters despite having zero spoken dialogue.

I think this cute little game is an absolute necessity for fans of point n' clicks and Halloweeny titles alike, with its grossdorable (there it is!) Adventure Time-y animation and Edmund McMillen poopy-smeared tones.

You play as Bulb Boy, a human light bulb. He lives in a ridiculous light bulb shaped home with his lantern grandpa and his weird flying dog thingy. It's all really cute and strange and the game absolutely relishes in the absurdity, never addressing the unusual setting and characters. "What, this isn't weird! It's just an typical light-bulb family living their typical life."

Fine Bulb Boy, I'll play along.

Things are all hunky dory per the usual until bedtime, when the lights go out and sinister things... happen. Bulb Boy must then confront fears and foes alike using his greatest asset - his big bright brain. The game is set up into levels of a sort. You'll generally be confined to a single room or area at a time with a series of pickupables, interactables, and obstacles. Clear an area, move on to the next. This keeps things simple, which I really appreciate. You won't find yourself picking up some mundane object, carry it with you for two hours, then finally use it in some asinine, unexpected way. There's no pixel hunting, and virtually no mental gymnastics - which is shocking considering the bizarre... everything about this game. And if you do end up getting stuck there's a handy little hint prompt you can click on at any time.

Gameplay is mostly typical of the point n' click variety: pick up objects, use and/or combine when appropriate, rinse and repeat. But nearly every "level" had a weird gameplay twist to keep things fresh and interesting. In one early encounter I had to move a series of items to create a little path for an insect. And sometimes when you equip an item you end up using that item in real-time! Oh, oh, and there's even some button mashing from time to time, and fail states and brutal deaths and all sorts of things that keep Bulb Boy all bright and shiny!

There isn't much more I can say without spoiling Bulb Boy. It's... surprising just how good this is. There's adorable flashback framing puzzles, genuine spooks and gross imagery, hilarious sight gags that require absolutely no dialogue... except for the strange Simmish Bulb Boy and Grandbulb blurt out occasionally. I smiled from beginning to end playing this, and I only found myself frustrated in, unironically, a sort of water level. That aside, this is something everyone should check out - yes, yes, I know I said earlier fans of Edmund McMillen and point n' clicks and Halloween and blah blah BLAH. But I think, generally speaking, if you're a gamer (casual or hardcore or somewhere in between) you'll have an amazing time with Bulb Boy. This was made with a great deal of love and care and you can honestly just tell by looking at the screenshots.

This will be a Halloween tradition in my home same as candy, bad horror movies, and Costume Quest.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
TL;DR: I would recommend this game if you want something different or had some money to spare, but however would not if you would not be able to look over the 3 cons listed below. (Skip to the last paragraph for a more detailed synopsis)


Although the game is extremely short (IMO) it is still very intense and although there some plot holes, you never get to know where the dark matter comes from, what it really is, and why it goes after Bulb Boy's family they are easy to look over as the gameplay itself is unique and refreshing.

    Pros:
  • Decent graphics
  • New and exciting gameplay
  • Unique art and character design
  • The developers have a great sense of humor
  • They don't try to hard to make the game funny
  • The horror isn't completely destroyed because of the humor I died because I held in my poop for too long, now that's scary
  • The enemies aren't recycled copies of each other
  • The platforming levels are nontheless great both in execution and design
  • Although the story is vague, the message is extremely evident
  • Option to help you throughout the game if you ever get stuck at a puzzle
  • Puzzles are fun to complete
  • Mothdog <3
  • The old guy lives
  • Soundtrack is different but appropriate at most times
  • Appropriate and enjoyable fillers (flashbacks)
  • Unique game as a whole

    Cons:
  • The game can span between 2-3 hours
  • The ending can prove to be bittersweet, I still craved more
  • The price may not be worth it to some people

    These 3 cons may be huge to some people but look at it this way. You can see it clearly if you check out their social media that this was more than a project to the developers. This was truly a manifested passion and was worked very hard on over the span of a year. If I had the choice of buying a game just like this, but from a major company who had it for less $$$, I would still buy it from Bulbware. I personally think it's important to help the community in anyway you can and this is one of those ways. On top of that, from buying this you get a brand new experience. Every other first party game are so predictable nowadays. With Bulb Boy, you don't really know what else is gonna happen next. I'm glad I just didn't buy another FPS or run of the mill hack and slash.

    If you want to break from your regular deviation of gaming right now, I would DEFINITELY recommend this game!
    Overall I give this game a 7.5, but if I could go back in time and had the choice of stopping myself from buying it, I would instead push my past self to buy it. Even though I kinda swivle around the cons as if they aren't a huge deal, they are still significant. If you don't have the same community values as me, you probably wouldn't appreciate this whole creation as much as me. However to each person to their own.

    This ends the review, hope it was helpful!
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Bulb Boy is a point and click adventure game with a creepy atmosphere and horror elements.The goal of the game is saving your family by the evil monsters,and to do that you have to complete little tasks during your journey in this weird and spooky house.

You play as Bulb Boy! A cute little boy with a bulb for his head,accompanied by his grandfather and his flying dog! While you’re sleeping happy in your bed,a terrible plague hit your house and start mutating all the things,from the chicken,to your own grandpa.You wake up in a mess and your object is finding your grandpa and your dog to help them against the evil monsters.

The character can use his head in a useful way,he can light a room or you can remove the head from the body to do multiple things at the same time,for example you can hide your head in a cabinet and run headless from monsters so he can’t find you anymore in the dark.Talking about the monsters,they are really dangerous,they really want to kill you so bad.You have to hide and run or you will get smashed like a bulb! (i know i’m terrible with jokes).To beat them like almost all the point and click adventures ,you have to complete some objects.I don’t think the game have something bad,the only little problems in my opinion are the longevity because it is too short and the commands,they were too sensitive,in some parts like the teeth part,i had some hard time because the click was too sensitive and the character goes too much forward.

Talking about the art style,is the one that convinced me to try the game. I loved that cartoonish graphic,everything is really strange and special in this game thanks for the beautiful drawings and the creepy well done atmosphere.Also the soundtrack helps a lot because it suits perfect the game style,with creepy sounds and awesome tracks.

Pros:
  • Beautiful art style and immersive atmosphere
  • Enjoyable gameplay
  • Very nice sound effects
  • Fun and creepy at the same time

Cons:
  • Too short
  • A bit sensitive with the movements

Thanks for reading my review! You can read the full review here in my blog:

Bulb Boy. A cute and spooky horror adventure!


Of course i'm not a professional reviewer but just a guy with a passion for videogames
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
Gross, disgusting, and horrifying; in the most excellently charming way.

The characters are adorable, the animation is a joy to watch, and it's extremely fun to play.

10/10
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