The Disgustingly Delightful Adventures Of Bulb Boy

As gamers, sometimes we’re prone to developing an itch. It often comes at times like these, when there’s just enough breathing room before the packed autumn release schedule. It allows us those rare occasions in which we can indulge ourselves, chasing after games we’d often overlook in our scramble for the latest AAA blockbusters.

Having just shelled out for a top end smartphone, I had been hankering for something to play beyond the burgeoning expanse of data-guzzling time sinks. It had also been a while since I’d last enjoyed a proper old school adventure game. With its grisly cartoon graphics and mobile friendly design, I pulled the trigger on Bulb Boy the moment it entered my crosshairs.

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It’s a delightfully disturbed game, as if The Binding of Isaac and Adventure Time shacked up and had a baby. While some character designs are adorably cute – the hero has a lightbuble for a head for crying out loud! – the game’s cast often find themselves embedded within a nightmarish diorama.

It starts out quite innocently, Bulb Boy switching off the telly as his grandad begins to doze off in his favourite armchair. Something malicious creeps its way into their home, however, infesting otherwise normal household scenes with a horrific guise – the kind of thing you’d expect from a Clive Barker novel. We’re talking viscera and bodily waste here, some of which goes well beyond simple window dressing.

Instead of being overly oppressive and macabre, however, Bulb Boy’s toonish style helps to alleviate much of the potential nastiness, propping it up with plenty of gags and a dumb sense of humour.

In lieu of an on-screen cursor, players simply tap where they wish to go, occasionally dragging items from their inventory to trigger certain effects. It’s exactly what adventure game fans have come to expect from the genre – even more so of mobile iterations. Although there’s always a time and a place for sprawling adventure epics, sometimes it’s nice to kick back with something a little more concise and straightforward.

On one or two occasions, Bulb Boy forced me to hit up a walkthrough during some of its later segments. Annoyingly, despite it adding a nice touch to the all-round presentation, the two tone colour scheme means that some of the smaller key interactive spots will go undetected.

Bar the odd hiccup, Bulb Boy manages to entertain from start to finish without losing too much steam. It also distills the adventure genre rather well, allowing players to pick up the thread after a day, or even a week, and still have a good sense of bearing.

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  1. That trailer is utterly insane. I love it! :D

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