Unfortunately, Gumulon is only available for iOS. However, we are looking into bringing the game to Android. Watch this space...
Gumulon requires you to have an iOS device with a front-facing camera and iOS 6. This means the lowest spec devices compatible with the game are iPhone 4 (Tap only), iPad2, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 4th generation.
Gumulon uses the front-facing camera to watch what's going on with your mouth. When you chew, the tracker is able to detect this in a fraction of a second, and make Ace jump.
Gumulon uses bespoke hardware-accelerated chew tracking software, as well as some features available in iOS.
iPhone 5 and iPad 3rd and 4th generation offer the best Gumulon playing experience.
The game requires a front-facing camera to be able to track your chews as well as the more powerful devices. Unfortunately older iOS devices don't have these. The game also requires certain software features only available in iOS 6 and above.
The game makes use of various features only available in iOS 6 and above. If you are running an older version of iOS and you'd like to play Gumulon, we'd suggest that you update to a newer version. For instructions on how to do this, see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4623
Because Gumulon makes constant use of the front-facing camera during gameplay for chew-control, it tends to use more battery power than most other games. However, you should still be able to play Gumulon for a long time on a single charge.
First, please ensure that the mute toggle switch on the side of your device is not set to silent. Then check that the volume is not turned all the way down. Then, from the main menu, or the paused game menu, check that the sound and music are not toggeled in the off position. If you still can't hear sound, there may be an issue with your device, and you should contact Apple for support.
SoundFX and music can be disabled in the 'Options' section on the main menu, and on the pause menu.
Yes. If you play your own music, the game's music will automatically mute.
Gumulon works best in a well lit setting. Ideally, your face is evenly lit, and there are no bright light sources pointing directly at the front-facing camera.
Have a look over your shoulder and above you, and check that you don't have a bright light source pointing towards the front-facing camera.
If it's too dark, the camera won't be able to see your face. The game detects when this is the case and let's you know. If it's too bright (often caused by a light pointing directly into the front-facing camera) this can also cause the tracker to fail. The lighting also needs to be consistent. Flashing or moving lights across your face can cause problems for the tracker.
Yes. Using Game Center, you can set your friends challenges to beat your score, or obtain achievements in the game.
Not as such. But you can still challenge your friends at Gumulon via Game Center. See the question above.
Yes. At the end of each game, the monster snaps your photo. Your score gets stamped on this picture, and you can then share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, MMS or email. Please note, you may be charged extra by your carrier for sending photos via MMS.
Gumulon was created by Wieden + Kennedy London and Johnny Two Shoes for Stride Gum.
Sound designer Tim Garratt created the original music and sound effects used in Gumulon for Stride Gum.
Illustrator Ben Hasler drew Ace, the monster, and the world of Gumulon for Stride Gum.
Gumulon.com was created by Wieden + Kennedy London and Amautalab for Stride Gum.
Gumulon is a free app!
Gumulon is available from the Apple App Store. Search for 'Gumulon'. Standard network download rates will apply.
Watch this space...
Unfortunately the game is only available in English at present.
No. But like any computer game, If it is played to excess, there is a risk of repetitive strain injury and eye strain. We recommend you take a break every now and then from Gumulon.
We have done extensive research into this, and we certainly think so. And we aren't just saying that. Seriously, it's more fun and comfortable playing Gumulon with Stride Gum than without.
It will still work. But it's just not as fun!
Stride Gum is available from most grocery and convenience retailers across the US and Canada.
Seriously, yes. Give it a try.
We want everyone to be able to play Gumulon whenever & wherever they want. We think our chew-tracking technology is pretty good, but ultimately, there's only so much you can do with a camera, and if it's too dark, you aren't going to be able to play. So we built in a Tap control option so that players will always have a way to play the game if they don't want to chew.
We think chew-control mode is actually slightly harder to play in. So we think it's fair to reward players for playing in chew-control mode.
It's easy. You simply tap anywhere on the screen when you want Ace to jump. Time your jump to aim in your direction of choice.
Basically, you chew once to make Ace jump. Specifically, it's the moment when your mouth closes that triggers Ace to jump. Time your jump to aim in the direction of choice.
Perfect chews are nice and gentle. There is no benefit to chewing harder or faster. And please don't smash your teeth together. The tracker works best if you open and close your mouth at a gentle pace. Too fast, and it won't be able to detect your chew.
When we say that Gumulon is a chew-controlled game, you do not control Ace by constantly chewing. Instead it is individual 'chews' that make Ace jump. Specifically, Ace jumps when we detect that your mouth is closing, and your teeth are coming together. This doesn't mean you need to smash your teeth together. It works better if you keep your chews new and easy.
No. Chewing harder makes no difference to how far Ace jumps. It's better to take your chews nice and easy.
No. Chewing too fast is likely to cause the tracker to fail. You control Ace with single 'chews'. Not with repeated rhythmic chewing.
Gumulon is the name of the faraway planet on which the game takes place.
You play as 'Ace', a maverick alien miner.
Ace is a 'chuinian', a race of intelligent creatures native to the planet Gumulon.
Chuinians have evolved over millions of years to become expert Guminium miners. Their trunk and mouth are their key tools for this.
The rare and highly sought after element Guminium. Valuable as it is an abundant source of energy for the Chuinians.
To make you taste better before it eats you. The monster is a culinary connoisseur.
Like all hipsters, the monster is obsessed with taking pictures of his food. Check out his Instagram.
We're working on it. Stay tuned.
Your objective in the game is to escape the jaws of the monster, alerting your fellow miners of the danger so they can escape too.
Theoretically, there is no highest possible score. It's infinite.
Sure. Firstly, play in chew mode, as this will straight away give you double points. Secondly, try and rescue every single miner you come across by sounding each alarm. This will earn you multipliers that build up and up the more miners you save. Try to collect as much Guminium as possible. And flirting with the monster causes him to throw salt and pepper at you, which mean extra points. And of course, try to survive for as long as possible!
Keep practicing. The secret to survival in Gumulon is in mastering your aim, skillfully guiding Ace from pin to pin.
You need to jump off of the rockets before they self-destruct. If you manage to time it just right you'll be propelled even further up through the mine. Get it wrong, and you may be kicked straight into the monster's mouth.
There are two ways to unlock special powerup modes. You can either scan a barcode of Stride gum (located on the cellophane of each packet or multi-packet), or you can work to obtain achievements within the game. When an achievement is obtained, you will be shown a Game Center notification informing you so.
From the main menu, choose unlocks. Then tap the '+' button. Line the pack of Stride up using the outline displayed on screen, then the application will do the rest. After a few seconds, the unlock should appear on the list of unlocks on the previous screen.
Make sure the packet is lined up to match the outline on the camera preview. If you are still having difficulties, please check the lighting conditions to ensure that their is sufficient ambient lighting.
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It works on the individual packs contained in the multipack and with the multipacks as well.
No, you don't have to. Each of the unlocks can also be unlocked in game by attaining certain achievements.
Unfortunately, this isn't possible, as certain unlocks would not work well together.
To make the game fair, scores on the global leaderboard are only valid if all unlocks are disabled.
You can tweet questions to the Stride Gum Twitter account @stridegum, and we'll try and get back to you as soon as we can.
We'd welcome players to submit a review for the game on the App Store. If you're having problems, rather than leaving a comment on the App Store, we'd encourage you to first check this FAQ for a solution to your issue. Most players will find the solution to their problems here. Failing that, you can always tweet us @stridegum and we'll do our best to help you out.