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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Gutwhale (2020) is a challenging shooting game set inside a whale. Unusually, you only have one single bullet, which you must continue to collect after each use if you want to shoot again. The game is split into three distinct levels, each with four sub-levels (or rooms). Once all the enemies in any room are dispatched, the floor will disappear and your character will fall into the room below.

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.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Traversal game with Action, Collecting, Platform and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 7 hours to complete. The length of time to complete the game varies because you have to play repeatedly to learn the skills required to progress.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Violence.

Skill Level

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.

CostsCosts

Gutwhale usually costs £3.99 to £4.99.
 

Gutwhale

XBox Store Xbox One £4.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £3.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £3.99
Steam Store PC £3.99
Switch Store Switch £4.99
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Players: 1

Genres: Shooting, Traversal (Action, Collecting, Platform and Simulation)

Accessibility: 3 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: wombatstuff (@wombatstuff)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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