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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Legend of Bum-bo (2019) is a puzzle game where you match tiles to attack enemies. A prequel to The Binding of Isaac, it tells a standalone story with similar play till you die and then try again mechanics. Here though, these focus on patient strategy and learning how to defeat specific enemies.

You play Bum-bo, a homeless man who chases a mysterious thief into the sewers, where he finds a cohort of villains, monsters, missing children. Play involves matching rows in a grid of icons, similar to Candy Crush although here they trigger attacks rather than candy. You have a limited number of moves to use your corresponding attacks, defences or abilities and must plan strategically.

When you die, you get sent back to the beginning of the level, so the focus is on learning how best to counter each enemy type when it appears. As you progress you gain cards that can be used for special abilities, upgrades and new attacks. You can also purchase new items, upgrades and even characters with the money you earn from beating enemies and bosses. This enables you to gradually gain more power to get further through the game until you reach the final boss.

It offers a dark, humorous story like The Binding of Isaac, but leverages simpler and more tactical gameplay mechanics. It's a game about getting Bum-bo's money back, but also facing up to your fears and regrets along the way.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Legend of Bum-bo 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle, Collecting and Puzzle game with Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 8 and a half hours and 12 and a half hours to complete. As the game is partially based on luck, the time to beat will vary somewhat. To complete the game's story, across multiple runs, takes on average 11 hours, but experiencing everything takes much longer, at about 40 hours.


Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

The developer provides a mature content warning: "Use of Needles to modify your spells. Peepee poopoo humour. Cardboard gore."


The Legend of Bum-bo usually costs £12.79.

The Legend of Bum-bo

Steam Store PC £12.79
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/11/2019, updated in 2022

Out Now: Android, PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox X|S and iOS

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Puzzle (Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Edmund Mc Millen (@EdmundMcMillen)

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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