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TumbleSeed Review
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Posted: 12 weeks ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

TumbleSeed is an action puzzle game where you guide a seed to the top of a mountain. However, you can't control your seed direction, but have to roll it from side to side to avoid pitfalls, destroy enemies and collect crystals. It is this combination of a uniquely restrictive controls and fiendish levels that make this game something to play over and over again.

Inspired by the classic arcade game Ice Cold Beer, where you guide a ball up and past holes in a board, play involves tilting a vine to roll your seed left to right and guide it safely past the many pitfalls and enemies that are procedurally generated as you move up through the five sections of the mountain.

As you progress higher, you collect crystals to exchange for special abilities. For example, growing an appendage that allows you to explode oncoming enemies. However, if you lose your three lives, the game is over and you must return to the base of the mountain to start the game all over again.

This means that, like life, success in TumbleSeed comes from hard work and repetition. You must master the stripped back control system to overcome the ever increasingly difficult challenges that the mountain throws at you. So, what starts as a simple traversing game, quickly becomes an addictive process of trying to keep your lives in tact, climb up the mountain and beat your best score.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/05/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Traversal

Developer: Aeiowu (@Aeiowu)

Players: 1-2

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 14 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. This game contains a two-player shared screen battle mode, where you compete to stay alive longer than your opponent.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Violence. The violence lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence and Mild Language.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Players need high levels of resilience to deal with re-starting the game and losing all previously gained resources and progress.

CostsCosts

TumbleSeed usually costs £11.99.
 

TumbleSeed

Switch Store Switch £11.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our TumbleSeed Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Aeiowu) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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