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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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

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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
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 25, 2011
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 8, 2011
Belated review. This indie physics-based puzzle game is pretty fun. Your goal is to navigate a spaceship to the end of a level. Sure, it sounds easy enough, but there are always obstacles in your way. The main hook of the gameplay is mixing and matching parts on your spaceship in order to solve physics-based puzzles in each level (pushing and pulling objects, smashing through things, etc). I found the controls to be a bit touchy at times and wasn't a huge fan of the ship-building interface, but overall, there's not much bad to say about this game. Just go into it without any grand expectations. It's pretty laid back and is a nice way to kill a few hours. There are also a number of advanced levels available, in addition to the main story chapters, for those looking for a bit more challenge.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 3, 2011
It's intersting for the concept alone but the clunkiness of implementation is sometimes frustrating.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
Bob - the game is as short as the name.
Bounce around finding parts to upgrade your ship and help you solve the challenges.
A simple story with clever physics puzzles, charming graphics and soothing music.

Recommended for smart kids of all ages and chimps with sticks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 26, 2010
Finished it in 11 hours. This was a fun little physics puzzle game. You're a ship on a planet with gravity. You attach and move around thrusters on your ship to move about, lift and push objects, while collectiong more pieces for your ship. Pleasent music and interesting level design.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2010
This game has excellent controls and beautiful artwork. For some games, that's enough. But this one goes further and has fun gameplay with things to collect and puzzles to solve. I love it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 12, 2011
Bob Came in Pieces is a lovely, casual physics-based puzzle game that features a story mode with 14 chapters where you main goal is to collect all the missing ship parts you have lost during a crash with a meteor. To solve the puzzles you have to combine certain parts and attach them to one of the 8 sockets on your ship.

Additionally the game features 10+1 really challenging and cool VR missions (heavily inspired by the VR missions in Metal Gear Solid) where you have to solve some really crazy puzzles with a pre-defined set of ship parts.

In both the adventure and the VR mode the timer can be toggled on/off so it's up to you if you play the game the casual way and explore the levels or go for gold and try to beat the clock to get a silver or gold medal and the respective Steam achievement.

The replayability depends on whether you're into time-attack or not. Either way i can highly recommend this game so make sure to get it (when it's on sale)!
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Karutomaru
1.0 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 29, 2015
Easily the most boring, uninspired, poorly written game I've ever played on Steam. I got it as part of a summer sale event, got the achievement and never touched it again. I wish I could have it removed from my Steam library.
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Richard Hammond
1.2 hrs
Posted: October 27, 2015
I see they are trying to make a challenging game but it doesn't get challenging, most of it is just tedious...

Well that's just my opinion...
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Oregono
4.1 hrs
Posted: October 9, 2015
Time to completion - 4 hours. Taking my time.

An EXTREMELY short puzzle platformer that desperately needs steam workshop support. What is there is fun.
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AaToSMeD
5.5 hrs
Posted: September 21, 2015
Most of the game at first is comprised with you spending more time making the correct ship for a short puzzle. Although you could say that the puzzle itself is part of how you build the ship, it can be a little irritating at times when you have to frequently swap your parts every now and then. The music fits and the physics of the game are incredibly tight. There is replayability in the form of time attack mode and of course, collecting all the parts of the ship.

It's a fairly short game but do give this game a chance as I did because it might surprise you!
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PaulP
6.6 hrs
Posted: May 31, 2015
It seemed like a very fun idea at first but lost its charm alarmingly fast.
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jac1002
2.0 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 12, 2015
Nice little puzzle game.
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princecoo
1.6 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 24, 2015
This game was so boring I couldn't even be bothered to finish this sent
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PhoenixT1
7.2 hrs
Posted: April 13, 2015
This game isn't bad, but be warned that controls aren't good. There are better physics/puzzle games on steam, but this one is still playable.
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