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Gubbins (2023) is a puzzle game where you place tiles to construct words with the help (and hindrance) from weird creatures called Gubbins. Play is a combination of Solitaire and Scrabble as you are both battling to score word points, but also make matches to clear space.

As you play you discover the different abilities of the 25 Gubbins. Like the Mushroom that spawns other Gubbins, the Lemon that adds 4 letters to adjacent spaces or the Skateboard that moves tiles to a random space on the board.

Because each level is generated fresh, it's similar to a roguelite where you try and try again and each time it's slightly different. This also means that the possible words you can use to score points aren't predetermined. You can use both your vocabulary and strategy to figure out how to maximise your tiles and your Gubbins.

The result is a game that not only looks unusual but offers an experience unlike other word games. It's geographical as well as lexicological if you don't mind us testing our vocabulary for a minute.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Gubbins 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Puzzle and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

App Store age rating is 9+ for Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players need to be able to spell well and have a good vocabulary. Played together with a parent it can be a good way to work on these skills and for children to help with the tactical Gubbin elements.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/11/2023

Out Now: Android and iOS

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Puzzle and Strategy)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Folly Studio (@Folly_Studio)

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