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Bulb Boy (Xbox)

Developed by Bulbware, Bulb Boy which is already released on PC for £5.99, is now available on Xbox One for £7.19!

Bulb Boy is a 2D blend of point and click, puzzler, adventure and horror game all in one and I’d like to say that although it has been described as a “horror” it is not the kind of horror that will give you nightmares, don’t worry (although, I still avoided playing it around my children just in case!).

The rooms have been well designed and I like that they light up as you move around due to the light coming from your bulb head. The puzzle aspect of the game is generally straightforward but there are a few times when I really had to think about what I was supposed to do. The great thing is that even if you do end up dying (which happens to the best of us!) the game is very forgiving and you don't lose too much progress as the game autosaves regularly!

The sound effects in Bulb Boy are fantastic, the music is atmospheric and everything that could make noise has been taken care of to a really high standard. The game sounded so much better when I was playing with my headset on rather than just the TV. The controls are simple and responsive, you are even prompted to press or mash a button as and when needed.

You can mosey around as you please, trying to look for clues to access the next area and you may even stumble upon a secret here or there... My only real problem with the game is that Bulb Boy is a short game. When I’d reached the end it was a disappointment as I really loved the story, I would have preferred it to be longer, perhaps going forward there will be an add-on or a follow-up game? A combination of exploration and flashbacks (which you can actually play through) you’ll endeavour to rescue your Grandpa from the monsters whilst remembering happier times…

Overall, I really enjoyed plaything through Bulb Boy, he’s a cute little guy who’s just trying to save his Grandpa from the evil monsters! My only wish is that the story could have been longer! It really is quite a short game and I don’t feel like I’ve had enough time with Bulb Boy to be able to say goodbye yet! If I had to give it a score, it would be 8/10. A fantastic story, easy completion, highly recommended!

Bulb Boy has 12 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. Even though the achievement list is fairly short, the achievements themselves are quite imaginative and potentially can be missed if you’re playing through the game naturally so you can either replay the entire game (not an issue, it is a fairly short game) or you can use the chapter select option once you’ve completed the game to go back and mop up the few remaining ones you might have. It is probably worth mentioning that there is a time-related achievement where you have to be in a certain place at midnight (real time) in order to unlock it.
Aside from that, it is a straightforward and simple completion, especially if you’re using a guide but I’d recommend playing without one first considering you do have the ability to pick the chapter in the menu on completion. If you need any help or guidance then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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