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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


The Legend of Bum-bo is a puzzle game where you match tiles to attack enemies. A prequel to The Binding of Isaac, it tells a standalone story with similar play till you die and then try again mechanics. Here though, these focus on patient strategy and learning how to defeat specific enemies.

You play Bum-bo, a homeless man who chases a mysterious thief into the sewers, where he finds a cohort of villains, monsters, missing children. Play involves matching rows in a grid of icons, similar to Candy Crush although here they trigger attacks rather than candy. You have a limited number of moves to use your corresponding attacks, defences or abilities and must plan strategically.

When you die, you get sent back to the beginning of the level, so the focus is on learning how best to counter each enemy type when it appears. As you progress you gain cards that can be used for special abilities, upgrades and new attacks. You can also purchase new items, upgrades and even characters with the money you earn from beating enemies and bosses. This enables you to gradually gain more power to get further through the game until you reach the final boss.

It offers a dark, humorous story like The Binding of Isaac, but leverages simpler and more tactical gameplay mechanics. It's a game about getting Bum-bo's money back, but also facing up to your fears and regrets along the way.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/11/2019, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Collecting, Puzzle, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Edmund Mc Millen (@EdmundMcMillen)




Play Time: This game will take between 8 and a half hours and 12 and a half hours to complete. As the game is partially based on luck, the time to beat will vary somewhat. To complete the game's story, across multiple runs, takes on average 11 hours, but experiencing everything takes much longer, at about 40 hours.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

The developer provides a mature content warning: "Use of Needles to modify your spells. Peepee poopoo humour. Cardboard gore."


The Legend of Bum-bo usually costs £11.39 to £14.99.

The Legend of Bum-bo

XBox Store Xbox Series X|S £14.99
Steam Store PC £11.39
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our The Legend of Bum-bo Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:
There are no difficulty settings available in the game, and many sections are quite difficult. However, there is never any time pressure as you have a set number of moves, not a limited time, to complete each level, allowing you to think about your moves and take in the information for as long as you need.

While there is some voice acting in the opening cutscene and in other areas (which have no subtitles), the tutorial and other key moments are not voice acted, relying on small black text to convert information. The speech in the opening cutscene is not essential to the game, so you can play with no sound. Much of the text throughout the game is fairly small and not always of particularly good contrast, making it difficult to read on occasion.

Many of the in-game elements, such as the tiles you match, are often of similar colours that do not contrast each other particularly well, but in many of these circumstances, the items are also different shapes, so they are still readily discernible. While there isn't motion blur on many elements of the game, when the board moves on and off the screen before and after you attack enemies, it does become slightly blurred, as do some other in-game objects.

To beat the game, you will need to memorise the best tactics against each specific enemy type and be able to concentrate on the game for prolonged periods.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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