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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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:

If you want to share with us anything, involving some constructive critique or funny kittens photos, you can find as always here: 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

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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“Unusually stylish creation.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

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

“Nightmare inducing game.”

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!


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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Intel i3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000
    • 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
BULB BOY!!! THIS IS THE BEST!!! DEFINETLY RECOMMEND!!! I love how this game is so atmospheric all the way through it and the scares are REAL! This is a WONDERFUL and SPLENDID (Just like F-777's music, go check that guy out on newgrounds, he is a great music creator) game and I recommend this game to any horror player who can't seem to find that spooky gem!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
A weirdly awesome Point and Click game

Weirdness is really strong in this one, but you will get used to it, normal things will be the new weird things in this game. Besides this, it is a really cool and cute (that is right) game. It is about Bulb boy, who saves his beloved ones from an evil spirit that took over the house, and a lot more things, like Bulb boy's favourite bunny.

If you're into stories and Point and Click games, go ahead give it a try, but do not be suprised by the things you will see in this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
What a lovely (and bizzare) game! Charming (and creepy) characters, great graphics, smooth gameplay, good soundtrack and what a wonderful ability to tell stories and direct the story without any use of words. I am easily terrified by anything labelled horror but I was able to play through this game without bursting into tears of terror and sleeping with all the lights on. That being said, there were some tense moments. I'm also not the most able gamer and was able to navigate the more 'active' parts- which honestly gave me quite a boost. Thank you to the developers for considering your less adept audience :). The frequent autosaves at key moments contributed to the enjoyable experience, allowing one to progress, engage and explore the game (almost) fearlessly- no hair was torn out in frustration of having to start from scratch in each level. So thank you for a most enjoyable game!
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48 of 62 people (77%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
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
3.3 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.

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

  • 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
3 people found this review funny
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.

  • 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

  • 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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.

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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Binding of Isaac meets Machinarium. It can't be described better to be honest.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
This is a solid debut in p'n'c genere from Bulbware. The game is very well thought out and introduces very cool mechanics for each level. I loved stealth section or swapping between two characters to reach the goal. This type of gameplay must require a strong collaboration between coder and animator -good job guys and this really shows! Aside from technical point of view which is great the game is also tells a very cool little story of bulbs family. All characters are full of charm and humor. The gibbrish sounds totally works well here and you don't need a text dialogs to understand what is really going on. Also the cast of bad guys shows the twisted taste of the creators. Very quirky and fresh almost japanese type of horror feeling I must say. The artstyle is also very cool and corresponding well with the light and shadow mechanic. I loved all little easter eggs here and there and it's shows attention to details of the creators. The music layer complement the mood very well. As for the puzzles I never had a stagnation moment throught out the game which is good. Modern streamlining process remove the frustration of the p'n'c pitfalls. All puzzles are logical and make sense of course in this crazy world as this. All in all the whole package is completely joy to experience. The look of the game , the movement, the mood everything glue perfect in this game. So do yourself a favour and buy this gem! I'm sure it will be among cult classic p'n'c games soon!

Thanks again for the creators for bringing this game alive!!
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
Note: this game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer.

Halloween is just around the corner and if you're looking for a creepy game to satisfy your Halloween needs look no further.

Bulb Boy is a strange little horror game where you play as Bulb Boy. One night your bulb house is overrun by evil and it takes your grandpa, so it's up to you to save your grandpa and get rid of the evil entity.

Bulb Boy is a point and click adventure game and it's very charming. I absolutely love the art style and it's insanely adorable, but creepy at the same time. It's definitely fun just to look around and see the environment and not to mention the gruesome enemy design.

Gameplay reminds me of classic point and click adventure games, where if you made a mistake you would die and have to restart, but not to worry as bulb boy is very forgiving of death. You get a save as soon as you're done with a section or a puzzle.

The game in itself is really short. It took me 2 hours to finish the entire game and it's this games biggest weakness. Since I'm a veteran of the genre that might be why I was so quick with the game and maybe some you might take longer to finish, but after that playthrough you could do a second one to collect achievements.

The puzzles range from pretty simple to I have to think about it for a moment. What I like about the game is that the puzzles aren't cryptic and are pretty simple to solve. But without a doubt there are some tough puzzles, but nothing impossible.

The soundtrack is also really great. It settles the mood perfectly, even though the last acts music I felt was out of place, it was still a great soundtrack.

The game ran perfectly from start to finish and I didn't encounter any bugs at all the entire time I was playing.

In the end Bulb Boy is a fantastic point and click adventure game. The art style is amazing and the puzzles are simple enough, that everyone can solve them. The only downside to this game is the length of the game, but it tailors on what play style you have. It might take some people longer to finish than others, but expect 3 hours of gameplay.

If you want a good game for Halloween, but don't want a jumpscare fest Bulb Boy is a must play.

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4.9 hrs
Posted: October 19
Weirdest ♥♥♥♥ing game I have ever played in my life. It has the feel of a children's game but it's definitely not for kids oh god it's so groutesque and bizarre.

I think it's described as a "point-and-click horror adventure game", which is accurate. It has kinda different scenes with different types of gameplay tho, at least it felt like that to me. Sometimes you're solving puzzles, sometimes you're being chased, and yet again other times youre just clicking like crazy and watching the scene in a mix of horror and fascination.

There's poop, farts, pee and butts, crazy huge monsters, tiny monsters, the ring-references, weird love and hugs and so on. It was hilarous and will give me nightmares.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
This game is as weird as they come, but totally in a good way! The art and level design is very clever and fun! The enemies are bizarre freaks of nature that make you wonder if the creators are fully sane. I loved it! Would absolutely recommend it to everyone who likes a good point and click adventure!
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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 18
Short and sweet puzzles with handy hints allow the focus to remain on the gothic adventure and narrative. I was never frustrated and enjoyed my time in this dark world (infused with bulb light). About three hours of gameplay then a bit more on top to replay levels and snag achievements.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 3
While I have to say I really love the visual and it's trashy humor having a game breaking glitch that's so easy to do and not fixed yet is dumb. Basiclly there is this one part where you have to get a snail and if you click too fast you can cancel the animation before it gets to your inventory making you stuck in that area forever coz it autosaves after that point. Only way to fix it is to delete your save and start from beggining which is garbage. Good game but that kind of progression breaking is inexcusable for any game.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Hey guys, Noob here!
I LOVED this game! Really really. The art style drew me in and didn't let go. Creepy and crawly and cute and cuddly all at once. A quick play - about 2 hours total, but every moment was enjoyable. Intuitive controls (natch, with point and click), a solid plot, just enough difficulty to you keep you engaged without making you tear your hair out, good sound engineering, an odd fascination with poop (yes, poop), but it weirdly adds to the charm... It's dark, but not so dark that you're put off and you constantly find yourself saying "This is just.. gross... but I really want to see where it goes."

Highly recommend! A ton of fun and I'd like to see more from this developer for sure!

If you'd like to see some gameplay, please follow the link to my complete Bulb Boy playthrough:
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9.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
Adorable and disturbing at the same time.

puzzles are easy... BUT: creativ and funny.

great game, maybe buy it on sale.
playtime is about 2 hours.

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4.9 hrs
Posted: September 16
Great little game, very strange, twisted and will make you feel uneasy I really enjoyed it :)
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