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.
User reviews: Mixed (198 reviews)
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 This 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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    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

    • 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
19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Sigh.

This is legitimately one of my favorite platforming games, and it's very fun and entertaining. Edmund wasn't ~amazing~ at making games yet, and it shows, but there's a lot of value here. The level design is cool (most of the time) and the music and stuff is all nice. Controlling Gish was quite fun and once you got the hang of it you could get him to do really neat things. You could throw enemies across the screen, do really cool parkour-esque platforming and tricks and stuff to get through levels quickly.

You've got to look past a few flaws, though. The unique platforming mechanics are hard to get used to it's turned many people away from the game, keeping them from giving this more than an hour or two of attention. I understand this. It's not a game for everybody. It's not rewarding enough for most people to warrant all of the trial and error, I think. Despite this, It's one of my favorite platformers and I love it.

At least, I used to love it.

Gish was recently updated. The achievements are now working, which is cool, but the game itself has gone completely to hell. You can now instantly kill yourself by moving the wrong way, or by squishing yourself against the ground or a rock, or by moving too quickly through a tight space. I've recently been playing the game for like an hour and a half and I killed myself dozens of times. Right now, the game is a ♥♥♥♥ing mess and it's almost unplayable. I don't know if Crypric Sea are planning on fixing this or not, but as of right now, this game is terrible. It's a shame, because I really loved it a lot. If they fix the engine to where you aren't commiting suicide every 15 seconds, I'll change my review and I'll most likely play the game again and enjoy it thoroughly. Until then, forget about it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Death's Decree
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Type: 2D Physics-based puzzle platformer

# of Players: 1-player story mode, 1 to 4-player versus modes

Footprint: Very small size on disk, runs well on older computers

Moddability: Built-in level editor


Short summary
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Gish is a platformer where the player plays as a blob of tar. This blob is capable
of turning sticky to scale walls, Turning slimy to slide down slim passages and turning
heavy to crush enemies or walls.

After completing the main game, you can challenge your friends to tar-sumo fights
and blob-racing or check player-made levels on crypticsea's website.
An open source version of the game's framework can be found under
the name 'freegish'

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This game is not worth dying for. It is quite entertaining however.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
One of the best indie games ive ever played
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
play this game while listen to smashing pumpkins! Gish
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2013
Most reviews have been voted down to about 60% helpfulness. This is largly because of the game's unique mechanics. People who "get" them downvote negative reviews, and those who "don't get it" downvote the positive reviews.

I've been playing this game with many people starting with the demo around 2004-5, specifically in sumo mode. I have not played the campaign, as I rarely play without friends. I have played 1000s of matches, and learned how to play.

Jumping is hard for some people. If you're a hater, you'll probably hate this game and give up, but if you learn how to jump, you'll admire the jump mechanic. If you play against serious players who've rocked this game 100s of times, you'll have a blast. It's a fun balance of creativity, reflexes and strategy that never gets old.

This is a great party game. Hooked up to a TV with 4 wireless xbox controllers, this game was a staple at a burger night. Everybody played, and even new players had a blast. The quick game resets and no load times make restarts a snap. It's also fun to watch.

If you don't have a TV and wireless controllers, use a projector 4 keyboards, or game controllers - they're $10 on ebay, or mix and match.

It's old, but it's good. This game was created in 2004, so the textures are a bit low res. The controls may seem alien at first, but once you learn, you can use crazy combo wall jump moves and squish the competition.
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