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In Gish, the player can assume the role of a piece of tar. The game is similar to physics-based platformers like LocoRoco.

Plot

The backstory of Gish is a parody of the video game cliches. Gish is a jelly yet sentient black creature who lives underground. Gish's love interest Brea, a human female, was kidnapped by his jealous ex-classmate. Gish goes on a quest to rescue Brea. Defeating the final boss does not automatically save Brea. The player can fail, and the game will end nonetheless, leading to a darker ending.

Gameplay

The player controls Gish and navigates him through the levels. Gish has no legs or other organs besides a mouth and two eyes, but he has several useful abilities. He can change his shape and physical state to suit the player's needs. Gish can become amorphous to slip down the slopes and squeeze through the thinnest gaps and holes. He can stick to the walls, ceilings, and other surfaces to climb and hold on. Gish can also become a solid ball which allows him to push other objects from his way, break the obstacles and crush opponents with his weight. Puzzle-like level design often requires Gish to use a complex combination of his powers.

Style

The game is made in a simple and cartoonish visual style and has occasional glimpses of black humor. It is mostly set underground, in the dark tunnels and caverns. Gish is accompanied by a rock soundtrack that suits the game's quirky and creepy atmosphere.

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Release date
Developer
Cryptic Sea
Publisher
Chronic Logic
Age rating
13+ Teen
Website
http://www.crypticsea.com/gish

System requirements for PC

Minimum: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, AMD, Intel or G3 1000+ Mhz processor; OpenGL Compatible 3D Graphics adaptor (ATI, NVIDIA, Intel, etc.) with 32 mb of video memory; 256MB of memory

Recommended: AMD, Intel, or G4 1500+ Mhz processor; OpenGL Compatible 3D Graphics adaptor (ATI, NVIDIA, Intel, etc.) with 64 mb of video memory, 256MB of memory

System requirements for iOS

iPad Air 3, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 6, Watch 5, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro Fourth Gen, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPhone 8 Plus, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad 6 1 1, iPhone 7, iPhone X, iPad 8 5 6, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPad Pro Second Gen, iPad Mini 5, iPad Pro 9.7, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPhone X S Max, iPad Seventh Gen, iPad Mini 3, iPad Pro Fourth Gen Cellular, Watch 4, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 2, iPad 8 1 2, iPhone X S, iPad Air, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6s, iPad Seventh Gen Cellular, iPhone X R, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPad Mini 4, iPad 7 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 1 1 Pro, iPad 7 1, iPad Mini Retina, iPad 7 4, iPad Pro Second Gen Cellular, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Air Cellular, iPhone 8, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPhone 1 1 Pro Max, iPad 8 7 8, iPhone 1 1, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad 8 3 4, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPod Touch Seventh Gen, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 5

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
  • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz+
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM
  • Graphics: 64MB of video memory
  • Hard Drive: 200+MB of free hard drive space
  • Sound: Standard audio
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Last Modified: May 26, 2020

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Gish reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Russian
Product received for free Honestly expected more... Many people know this game on the mobile version. Wonderful were the Times) And the cooperative, with WATTS, in general the charm:) Well here is the PC version... There is no atmosphere, probably from the age, though it is not... Music sometimes disappears (maybe because of the fact that the new win already), and it itself as it is not so part of the game. Management may be out of habit, but extremely inconvenient. Switching (sticky/liquid) occur then with delay, it is generally unclear how to operate... On the basis of all this I can not recommend this game (although if you cope with the management, can play)
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Microsoft from Swedish
Gish is based on an original idea: you are a ball of tar and you must make use of the physical properties of tar, such as stickiness, to make your way through several typical platform game levels. There are some "puzzles" in the game, but it mostly amounts to moving small blocks on top of pressure plates to open doors. Mainly this is a jumping, climbing, pushing and pulling game, that requires you to use the different tar ball skills, often requiring rather precise timing, to jump between platforms, move objects, etc. Unfortunately the game seems like it was designed to be frustrating. First of all the controls are very hard to learn. Perhaps more importantly it is very easy to die. Most of the time you you die from something that kills you almost instantly such as falling into lava or being crushed under a boulder. This makes When you die you have to restart from the beginning of the level and when you lose all your lives you have to restart from even further back unless you play on the easiest difficulty level. Given how easy it is to die this means a lot of replaying the same levels over and over again. Quite often you have to jump or do something else at a very precise moment or you end up in a state where the current level becomes unwinnable which is in practice equivalent to dying. This makes the game even more frustrating. Even worse, at the very end of the game, if you make a mistake in the last moment you get the bad ending and you have to replay the entire game to get the good ending, even if you are playing on the easiest difficulty level! In addition, the graphics are dull, there is very little visual detail to the levels. The music is fairly good though. This is probably the best aspect of the game. Some hardcore platform game enthusiasts may perhaps enjoy the game but I would not recommend it to anyone else.
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