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Gish isn't your average hero. In fact, he's not your average anything...you see, Gish is a ball of tar. A Sunday stroll with his lady friend, Brea, goes awry when a shadowy figure emerges from an open manhole and pulls Brea below ground.
Release Date: May 4, 2004
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The 2005 Independent Games Festival Grand Prize winner.

"One of the most original games ever made" - Gametunnel.com: 10/10

"A Little Getaway: Small, Simple, Fast and Fun... (GISH) proves that a simple idea can be elaborated upon with terrific results." - New York Times

"The freshest platformer I've played this year"- PCGamer UK: 85%

About the Game

Gish isn't your average hero. In fact, he's not your average anything...you see, Gish is a ball of tar. A Sunday stroll with his lady friend, Brea, goes awry when a shadowy figure emerges from an open manhole and pulls Brea below ground. Following Brea's calls for help, Gish suddenly finds himself in the subterranean sewers of Dross, a long forgotten city filled with twisting corridors, evil traps, and some of the most demented creatures imaginable.

With his gelatinous structure as his only means of defense, Gish must follow the echoing cries of his damsel in distress deep within the earth below. What freakish creatures dwell in this subterranean land? Who is Brea's captor? And just how far down does the rabbit hole go?

Life isn't easy when you're a 12 pound ball of tar...

  • Dynamic physics and lighting
  • Destructible environments
  • 34+ story levels
  • 20+ collection levels
  • 80+ player-made levels available for download
  • Six unique VS. modes
  • Unlockable game modes
  • Over 15 animated enemies
  • Six deranged bosses
  • Five "super secret" levels
  • Level editor

PC System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, AMD, Intel or G3 1000+ Mhz processor; OpenGL Compatible 3D Graphics adaptor (ATI, NVIDIA, Intel, etc.) with 32 mb of video memory; 256MB of memory

    Recommended: AMD, Intel, or G4 1500+ Mhz processor; OpenGL Compatible 3D Graphics adaptor (ATI, NVIDIA, Intel, etc.) with 64 mb of video memory, 256MB of memory

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz+
    • Memory: 1GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive: 200+MB of free hard drive space
    • Sound: Standard audio
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
112 products in account
1 review
0.2 hrs on record
Simple and awesome! :)
Posted: March 20th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
282 products in account
42 reviews
1.4 hrs on record
True bundle fodder, it's been bundled several times, and even the programmer has refused to make the achievements work. It's a messy game with a neat idea but awkward physics and controls. The graphics are just not engaging, just like the "platforming". I like the fact that precision jumping is not required, but mostly because precision is impossible with a ball of tar. Gameplay is repetitive along with the music, the same 3 enemies are recycled through the game. The game is just so bland, and really didn't age well. The Lives system is just old and awkward, you lose lives for saving to quit! Despite finding many issues with The Binding of Isaac, at least that game has polish and a bit more variety, recycling a massive 15 enemy designs instead of 3.

The game is just not engaging, even the programmer doesn't want to bother with the game to make it match what is advertised in the store. It's not a "must play", it doesn't do much noteworthy. I wouldn't bother with it.
Posted: August 20th, 2014
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
208 products in account
4 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
Gish is like a warm embrace from a large, sweaty man after a marathon. You appreciate the love, but find it utterly repulsive in the end. It wishes it could do a lot of things, but falls short of most of them. Clunky controls that might be impossible to master quickly lead to rage quit worthy amounts of frustration. This game tries to pull its weight with its quirky charm, but falls flat on its face after its first few steps, much like the large, sweaty man.
Posted: June 22nd, 2014
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7 of 16 people (44%) found this review helpful
837 products in account
98 reviews
7.5 hrs on record
The idea of mechanics in Gish are innovative and creative, but the controls and implementation are absolutely horrible. The music gets repetitive, as it remains the same for several levels without changing. Then, there is the awful pseudo metal music with wailing that is completely unbearable. The game does not fit the entire screen even if you selected full screen in the settings. There are additional bonus levels as well as fan made levels that can be downloaded, but there aren't any reasons to bother. Plus, there are the local Versus multiplayer and Collection modes, with multiplayer possibly being where Gish may shine, as two people suffering through the horrible controls, physics, concept, and design might actually be funny. Each level is short but of adequate length because of the horrible controls, mechanics, and the time it actually takes to complete many of them. The story is nearly nonexistent, and the few parts where you are given a bit of background information on the character, it cuts off prematurely, without giving you a real chance of reading it. The level design is not well done, nor is it clever. They rely on the repetition of them for longevity and game play. The more difficult levels will force you to repeat them an extreme amount of times until you are able to get the horrible controls tamed. Once you are able to pass these levels, there is no feeling of accomplishment, and you are not rewarded for any of your success. The artwork is plain and unmemorable, going along with the game's general lack of charm. There is simply nothing interesting to look at while playing. Gish is not a platformer. It is an exercise in frustration and patience. The controls, mechanics, and physics are the worst I've ever experienced in a game. Accomplishing a simple, single jump, is something synonymous with a miracle, or some kind of supernatural phenomenon, if you believe in these sorts of things. The platforming (if you can call it that) is so disastrous, it is comparable to bouncing jello/jelly off of pieces of Legos, and hoping for the best. The controls are outrageous. I have never attempted a game with controls this unreasonable. It's like playing with a severe physical handicap. Gish is nearly unplayable. In the later levels, the only reason why they are able to be completed is almost by pure luck. The skills garnered by playing this game are so unprecise, that they can not be considered actual skills at all. It is a matter of chance that the physics of this train wreck behaved a certain way in order for you to proceed through the levels. I am a veteran of old school platformers, and never have I been so frustrated at the shortcomings of games of the genre before Gish came along. It is an example of game development malpractice and poor implementation of all aspects involved. Gish is quite possibly the worst game I have ever played. There is no excuse for a game of such rotten design to come out in 2004, let alone charge people to play it. Gish is a perfect example of how not to make a game.

Gish is awful.
Posted: March 20th, 2014
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
275 products in account
73 reviews
1.7 hrs on record
The game is interesting and has a good way to make its own fun and i do like it , but yeah it really doesnt look like a PC GAME should be ipad/iphone game, and i have the feeling i played a game exactly like it on them once.

the game is kinda fun and i recommend it but not at full price , you can find people who got bundle key for it , it was bundled 3 times already.

there are a few butthurts , like sometimes you get stuck or too slow or need to jump high fast but you cant cuz you gotta bounce a few times to achieve it , i would say i enjoyed this game but not really crazy about it , i reached really far with my 100 minutes on it but not really sure if i'd open the game again but meh i guess i got it for almost free so cant complain alot
Posted: February 28th, 2014
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
374 products in account
226 reviews
1.9 hrs on record
This is a great classic from Edmund Mcmillen that everyone should play (Gish was one of the bosses in The Binding Of Isaac)
Posted: November 17th, 2013
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Grand Prize winner