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The rooms in Gutwhale take on the appearance of a dilapidated building, which seems at odds with being inside the guts of a whale, but part of the charm of the game is in its strangeness, something which is also reflected in the highly infectious techno soundtrack.
Each of the rooms will have different collections of enemies (from jellyfish to floating skulls) each time you play. Also, the layout of those rooms varies slightly too. This randomness makes each run through the game less predictable, increasing the challenge.
To mix up the experience further, your character can unlock and wear a variety of hats. These hats grant different game changing abilities, like being able to jump higher or collect more points.
Between levels you also get the choice of spending the points you've accrued on other hats or other power-ups. Those points can rack up much more quickly too, if you're skilled enough to make good use of the combo system, which gives you a multiplier to your score if you can collect your bullet before it hits the floor after use.
Our examiner, Wesley Williams, first checked Gutwhale 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Violence.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need really quick reactions and be able to find ways to survive when it looks impossible. Resilience to try again when you die is important.
Release Date: 06/04/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Accessibility: 3 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels