Bob has crashed on a strange planet, lost a bunch of parts for his ship and above all, is late for work! Find the lost parts and rebuild your ship along the way to solve challenging, physics-based puzzles. You can build your ship any way you like in the ship builder – try to find the coolest ship-design for the puzzle at hand!
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Mostly Positive (90 reviews) - 72% of the 90 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 22, 2010

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“The music, the art, the gentle nature – it all creates a completely adorable experience. It’s a real treat.”
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About This Game

Bob has crashed on a strange planet, lost a bunch of parts for his ship and above all, is late for work!
Find the lost parts and rebuild your ship along the way to solve challenging, physics-based puzzles. You can build your ship any way you like in the ship builder – try to find the coolest ship-design for the puzzle at hand!

  • Rebuild your ship any way You like
  • Find the lost parts and tools for Your ship – You’ll need them to solve puzzles!
  • 25 Chapters of solid level design and clever puzzles
  • Many hours of replayability, with secrets, Achievements, Leaderboards and more

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 1GB System RAM (2GB recommended with Vista/7)
    • Graphics: 128mb video RAM and at least Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 500MB of free space
    • Sound: Windows compatible sound card
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128mb video RAM and Shader Model 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB free space
    • Other Requirements:
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Real dedication is when you love your job so much that you’re willing to travel across the surface of a vast alien world to find all the ship parts necessary to repair your damaged craft, rocket back into the cosmos, and then jet to work to punch-in on time. Even if such an extreme dedication to the nine-to-five grind work doesn’t ring as true with everyone, Bob Came in Pieces is still an intriguing indie game that blends exploration and problem solving puzzle elements with a strong physics engine and a lovely design to create a whimsical adventure.

Bob loves the freedom to dress casually and chat all day on the phone, and who wouldn’t? Except Bob is a green octopus-like alien that works as a telemarketer in a crummy cubicle at an intergalactic call center. While most of his co-workers don’t share his enthusiasm for the less than stellar gig, he’s pleased as punch to clock in each day and go about his normal work routine. Unfortunately for Bob, his commute to work is cut short one day when his ship is struck by a wayward meteor. And his day doesn’t get much better from there.

Losing his hyper drive unit, as well as numerous other crucial chunks of his ship, he crash lands on a strange planet without help in sight. In order to get Bob back to work, you’ll guide what’s left of his spacecraft through different and interestingly designed areas of the planet to recover missing parts and the ever-important hyper drive system. What makes the explorative journey so fascinating is that you’ll use the junk parts you recover along the way to constantly re-build and re-design Bob’s ship to overcome the obstacles you run into.

Both above and below the surface, the mysterious, earth-like planet is rife with mechanical contraptions designed to impede your progress. Among giant locking mechanisms and puzzles that must be assembled you’ll find trigger plates to depress, large objects to move, and force fields to circumvent, alongside more peculiar hurdles. While solving puzzles on the first few stages only require some basic common sense, these impediments grow increasingly complex and you’ll have to make more drastic alterations to your ship to proceed.

Your core ship is a small orb with eight bolt points where additional parts can be attached. As you explore the planet, you’ll find basic extender parts, various hinges, and several special functioning items that you can combine and assemble onto your vessel. Most levels have multiple hotspots where you can stop and freely play around with re-designing your ship using any parts you’ve collected. Frequent experimentation is necessary. For example, one area may require you to assemble a long hook-like fixture to your ship in order to flick a hard-to-reach switch. Other areas require you to attach a pushing or pulling device to manipulate rocks, mechanical devices, and other gadgets you find.

But it’s not as easy as just dropping anything onto Bob’s ship willy-nilly. The game features a dynamic physics system, and the more you add to your ship, the more it affects how it handles in accordance with balance and gravity. Plunking down too much junk on your craft without beefing up your boosters will render you virtually immobile, and you can only move in certain directions if you have boosters located on the opposite end to push you. The realistic physics make designing your ship a fun challenge, and tinkering around with the different parts to see what you can come up with to solve each problem is equally entertaining.

The levels, puzzles, and the overall visual worlds in Bob Came in Pieces are really nicely put together. While it’s great to focus on the task at hand, you’ll also find yourself taking a moment to soak in the colorful backgrounds and unique terrain designs. Also, the way some contraptions are put together is pretty brilliant.

There are 14 stages to go through which doesn’t take terribly long to accomplish, but you can revisit previously completed stages to try for a faster time. And there are plenty of things you’ll miss on the first go around due to initially having limited parts. Sprucing up your ship with the cool technology unlocked later on in the game makes it worth going back to check out where else you can use it. Bob Came in Pieces oozes creativity and rewards you for noodling around to your heart’s content. It’s easy to get into but hard to stop playing once you’ve been hooked.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Faulty's scorecard :-

1) Essential purchase
2) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted
5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors

You take on the role of Bob - a young alien whose spaceship has fallen to pieces when he crash lands on a mysterious planet on route to work. Immediately tasked to explore and locate the pieces, it's up to the player to help Bob rebuild his little ship so that he can leave the planet.

What I enjoyed about Bob Came in Pieces is that as you locate pieces of your ship you will need to use them to build your ship into a variety of different ship designs in order to solve the planets various puzzles. The games music is outstanding and I remember just sitting there and listening to one particular levels tune repeat itself over and over again just because it was so lovely.

With 25 levels and achievements alike there is plenty to do here with this little downloadable title. My only gripe is the controls. They are incredibly finicky and often had me getting on the wrong side of irritated. After having tried both keyboard/mouse and controller combo I would say the controller is probably your best bet due to the analogous thumsticks making it far easier to fling and steer little Bob than the WSAD combination which in all honesty is a simply...a nightmare.

I enjoyed Bob Came in Pieces but I can't say it stands out as anything memorable or fantastic and for a simple little diversion it's fun but forgettable.

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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
After trying for three hours to come to grips with this game's mechanics, I decided to give up. I don't think Bob Came in Pieces is an outright bad game, it's just a game I can't get used to, nor do I find any fun in it.

The basic idea is sound and actually somewhat original: controling Bob, you have to travel through several levels in order to collect the missing parts of his ship (Bob is a spaceship that came down to earth in pieces). There are several obstacles on the way, most of those objects that have to be removed or replaced (well, in the few levels I played anyway). By putting together Bob in the right way on the work-pads, you can figure out how to overcome the obstacles/puzzles: putting an extra engine in one of the slots makes a huge difference, and there's a "pull beam" that lets you pull away objects. At least, theoretically. Since the controls of this game are off-target to say the least, controlling Bob once some pieces of the spaceship have been adjusted, became a nightmare. Even more problematic is that the game relies on physics to solve puzzles - bu the physics seem to have been hugely overdone, with every action leading to a much greater reaction than I would ever expect. That makes the game nearly unplayable for me - although I would love to progress further into the apparently well designed levels and discover more of Bob's pieces, the controls and physics just don't let me do so. Graphics and sound do a pretty good job, so all the more regrettable that the gameplay let me down.

With over 80 achievements, of which the greater part have only been achieved by under 2% of all players, this game seems like a nightmare for achievement hunters. Apart from achievements for completing levels & gathering spaceship parts (fair enough!), there are lots and lots for finishing the levels within a certain time limit. These limits are set so extremely tight, that those achievements are only for the most stubborn gamers out there, or for these who figure out the wonky controls to perfection. People looking for another 100% game, definitely should skip this one, and it won't help in getting a good average completion rate either.

But there's a fair chance anyone else can actually figure things out, and enjoy this game. It's just not my cup of tea, I guess.

Not recommended, unless you're very good at solving physics puzzles and have lots of patience
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2013
Nice puzzle game. Also requires some skill to control the little ship.
But it's very, very short.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2011
Pre-Release Review
I don't recommend this. Most of the play time goes to putting your ship together for one 15 second puzzle, then spending another 5 minutes rebuilding it to make it past the next. Then again, it's probably more of a kid's "stick round peg into round hole" game.
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