Gelatinous DOOM!

This game has something for everyone…but it’s got more for some and less for others.

Tales from Space: About a Blob
Game Type: 2-dimensional Side-Scrolling Platformer/Puzzle
Synopsis: You play a gelatinous alien that comes to Earth and is captured by a scientist. You have to escape his lab by solving puzzles and absorbing items to expand your size. As you grow, you can absorb bigger and bigger items until you get big enough to absorb buildings, people, and eventually the world.
Modes: Single and Co-op
Play Time: approximately 5 hours
Cost: $15
Available on PlayStation Network Only

I love everything about video games: the graphics, the music, the excitement, the culture of the fans, everything. Here’s the problem: I am really bad at them. Oh, don’t get me wrong–I can kill it on a Genesis. But if it’s anything in the current generation, I am a total wreck. I can’t get my bearings in a 3D world and if there is more than 4 buttons on a controller I just start panicking.

The old "run-and-jump"

About a Blob is a perfect combination of old school gameplay and present day mechanics. You start off using simple controls–a joystick to move and one button each for jump, run and absorb. As the game continues and you gain more abilities (like being about to attract and repel to certain surfaces), the controls get more complicated, but it’s a slow, manageable progression. This is good for someone like me who hasn’t mastered these new-fangled controllers…like a 3 year old.

This is a fun game, but it’s by no means an all-absorbing game (except for the part where you, you know, absorb stuff). You can play for an hour or two, then walk away from it without diving for the controller ten minutes later shouting, “I HAVE to know what happens next!” Seasoned gamers will find it amusing for a while, but they’re prolly gonna get bored pretty quickly.

Blob's Night Out

However, players of all levels will appreciate the aesthetics of this game. The music is very catchy, quirky and fitting with the funky, doodle-esque art style. My only qualm is that the appearance and score remain mostly the same from level to level, which gets pretty monotonous if you sit and play straight through. Splitting up your game play over several days will make it less repetitive, even endearing. It’s something familiar to look forward to, instead of, “Oh God–this again.”

This is a great game to play in co-op mode, particularly if the pairing is one pro-gamer and one novice. The game is easy but still interesting (if taken in small doses). I would especially recommend this for parents looking to play a game with their kids–it’s not violent or obscene, and the kids will get a kick out of absorbing water towers and townfolk. It’s like I always say: the family that destroys the planet together, stays together.

Hmm…maybe it’s a good thing I don’t have kids.


About spark

In August 2011, after an entire lifetime of indiscriminate viewing, I had to cancel my DVR cable with the HD channels due to financial difficulties. Let's see what happens now.

Posted on September 28, 2011, in Games. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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