Here is a game that is hard to classify! It could be a platformer or it could be a puzzler. So, that means it is either a platformer with puzzle elements to it or a puzzler with platform elements to it! Hmm, I still have not made my mind up.
To be totally honest, it would be better all-round if I could just create a new style of game just for the purpose of this review. Hey, let us do that right now. Blob is a puzzform game, err or should that be platzer? Oh dear...
Originality these days is hard to find. I mean, put yourself in the position of a games designer and try to come up with an entirely new game that has not ever been done before. Trust me, it is a pretty hard job.
Blob is a mixture between platform and puzzle fun. But Core Design have literally come up with a whole new dimension of gaming. Instead of moving vertically or horizontally, the game comes right out of the screen at you. The actual surprise of this new dimension is very pleasant indeed and Blob looks like a whole new lease of life in the sometimes stagnant puzzle/platform games sector.
The star of the game is a blue bouncing ball who incidentally looks too much like Putty for my liking. The object is to make your way through 50 levels of fast, frantic, bouncy puzzform (I thought I would go with my first idea) fun.
What you have to do to complete the levels kind of depends on which level you rare on. Sometimes you might just have to find an exit, others you might have to collect miniature Blobs, or bounce on certain platforms to make them change colour.
If you look at the screenshots on this page you are probably thinking that Blob does not look too good - well, that is only because the game does not need fancy graphics. You also miss the feeling of being able to see Blob move which is one, if not the most important parts of the game.
On the sound front there is a wonderful array of tunes to tease your earlobes. In fact, Blob probably contains some of the best music for this type of game I have heard in quite a while.
Blob does require plenty of practice and you would better not have a quick temper otherwise is se plenty of gamers throwing their monitors out of the window in true rock god style. I have a mean temper and god only knows what kept me from smashing my whole estate up in unbridled anger and frustration due to not being able to complete a level.
This is not simply because I am crap, but because Blob is just too hard. No, wrong choice of words, it is not all hard, it is the control system that lets you down more than anything. For instance, I completed the second level first go, but when I went back to it a few hours later I could not get bloody anywhere and had to put my head in a bucket of cold water for a couple of minutes just to cool my anger. There is, thankfully, a password system, so once you have completed a level you will never have to visit it ever again.
I was expecting so much more from Blob and I did not get it. The graphics and animation are really nice, the sound is terrific, the puzzles are just about right, the addiction level leaves you wanting just one more go, but Blob just does not have that final element to make it a classic puzzform (wahey, it could catch on) game.
Blob needed to be a lot more playable than it actually is. It may have had a new, refreshing, original dimension to it, but there is nothing worse than a piece of software that is just so frustrating that you do not feel like playing it any more.
It could have been so much better and I could have ridden off into the sunset with it, but it just was not to be If you want a really tough puzzform game and you like this sort of thing then it might be your cup of tea, but for those with tempers please be careful and think twice before buying.