Yorkshire Gubbins is a funny comedy adventure game

I don’t write reviews so this isn’t a review. The news is: Area Woman Plays Yorkshire Gubbins, Really Quite Likes It. That’s news, yeah. Released in October 2017, Yorkshire Gubbins is an anthology of comedy point ‘n’ click adventure games featuring all the local touchstones you’d expect in god’s own country: tea, ginnels, pies, slugpeople clones, robots, and the greeting “ey up”. It’s funny, it’s warm, the puzzling flows nicely, and it’s all a tidy length. The prequel and tutorial are free and all, so have a go.

Welcome to Yorkshire! (I want to say it’s set round Hebden Bridge way? And not just because that’s all I really know.) Tea is life, a witch and a wizard run the local print shops, robots are made of asbestos, southerners are inevitably tosspots, and the slugpeople cloning everyone are actually quite friendly. Unfortunately, they’ve also cloned our pal Bertrella on her wedding day. In a prequel episode we try to figure out which Bertrella is real, then in the first main episode we’re trying to make amends for our imaginative investigative techniques.

Ah, it’s great. Charlotte Gore’s writing is daft and cheeky, with every conversation leaving me laughing or smiling. The voice cast, especially protagonist Steggy herself, have an infectious enthusiasm – especially when they say rude words. Puzzling is at just the level I like in adventure games, where I’ll rare have more than six objects and solutions can be odd but they flow naturally with the tone, rarely requiring fiendish leaps of logic. And the farty synthbrass soundtrack is very fitting. I like this video game. That’s the news: I like it.

Charlotte Gore (under the banner of her Stairfall Institute) plans to release more episodes later this year. Good. Lovely.

Yorkshire Gubbins is £4/€5/$5 on Steam, which will include those other bits to come. If you’d rather have a go first, you can play the excellent tutorial, Verb School, for free in your browser. A enjoyable tutorial is so rare but here we are. Holy Molluscamony, the prequel episode created during a game jam then revamped after this became a full thing, is free from Game Jolt too.


  1. Faldrath says:

    I think that particular Area Woman should maybe play more games and tell the general audience whether she likes them or not, perhaps expanding a bit on why that is the case. I am sure the general audience, of which this writer might or might not be a part, would be delighted to read such news.

    • TrenchFoot says:

      She works in the News Room, not Features and Reviews, perhaps.

  2. Chorltonwheelie says:

    Pie’s? Yorkshire? Get out!
    The best Fish and Chips in the country…they can have that but there’s absolutely nowt they can tell Lancashire about pies. Nothing.

  3. wraithgr says:

    Just to be sure, “area woman” means a woman which occupies a 3-dimensional space, as opposed to being a non-dimensional point, correct?

    • Dez says:

      You’re thinking of a “volume woman”, as “area” is 2-dimensional.

      [Edit: Beaten to the punch by hours!]

      • wraithgr says:

        What if she’s empty inside?

        • lancelot says:

          Then she’s a boundary woman, which would mean that she has no boundaries, as the boundary itself has no boundary.

          • wraithgr says:

            An area can be a boundary but a boundary is not necessarily an area. Also, an area can exist in three dimensions and (if it is a closed area, which a woman-shaped area would have to be) not be mappable to a two-dimensional plane. Therefore I stand by my original question.

  4. Durgendorf says:

    You’re thinking of “volume woman”.

  5. ancipital says:

    “Try the demo” – what a wonderful thing. Welcome back, demo versions.

  6. Michael Fogg says:

    You could also try the free game Poacher for some ultra-hard Yorkshirevania