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TumbleSeed (2017) 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. The combination of a uniquely restrictive controls and fiendish levels 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.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked TumbleSeed 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 22 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Traversal game with Puzzle elements. 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:


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

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 Level

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.


TumbleSeed usually costs £10.99.


Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/05/2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Traversal and Puzzle

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Aeiowu (@Aeiowu)

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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