Developed by Bulbware, Bulb Boy is a small-scale, unique eShop title.
What really stands out about this game is its difference from anything else on the market. While there are a handful of indie point-and-click adventures, Bulb Boy presents a spooky, Tim Burton-esque atmosphere that will please many buyers. Although horror is a prevelent theme in the game, there’s also an aspect of dark comedy conveyed by the main character, Bulb Boy. Even without dialogue, different moods are expressed through situational humor and wacky situations.
The game’s music and sound effects really set the tone, right from the get-go. When players initially open the title screen, it’s easy to tell what type of experience is about to be had.
A factor I always consider when judging a game on Switch is the portability, and Bulb Boy is significantly better knowing it can be played anywhere. Given the small size of the title, it doesn’t drain the console’s battery nearly as quickly as something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Although the game is only $8.99 on the eShop, so I probably shouldn’y have expected more, the quick play-time was definitely a negative. It took me just over two and a half hours to complete Bulb Boy, and after some research, the general consensus is that two hours is how long it takes to complete. Now, I’m fine with short games, but Bulb Boy‘s style makes it not desirable to replay, which in turn gives players likely only 2-3 hours of gameplay.
Overall, Bulb Boy is a solid title on Nintendo Switch. If you’re looking for a horror-based point and click adventure and are on a budget, definitely pick it up when you get the chance.
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