a boy and his blob – WII – Preview

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Back in 1989 a game was released
called a boy and his blob – a story about an alien that comes to Earth, recruits
a boy to help him reclaim his planet of Blobolonia.

Wayforward Technologies and Majesco
are bringing the game back with some updates that will transport the 20-year old
title to the Wii next-gen console system. The game has been re-envisioned and is
a totally new game mechanic with a new aesthetic, though it is basically the
same content.

This is a side-scrolling platformer
that has puzzle elements. The boy of the title has jelly beans that the blob
loves to gobble up and each time he does so, the blob takes on a different form.
The jelly beans are in infinite supply, though they are dedicated to one of the
40 levels (there are also 40 challenge levels). The reason for dedicating
certain jelly beans to certain levels was to create an atmosphere where players
will have to consider what is available and the best way to use the forms. Each
of the levels ends with a golden jelly bean that transforms the blob into a door
by which the boy leaves that level. There are a total of 15 transformations for
the blob and about half are new to the game.

a boy and his blob Wii screenshots

While there are three treasures per
level, the game also has charming nuances, like a dedicated hug button that
players can use to establish that bond between the central characters.

The look of the game is very clean,
bright and colorful. The animations are totally hand drawn and the graphics are
hand painted.

Players will be able to jump between
the levels in the story arc by using one of the hideouts in the game (there are
four total) and accessing the map. The controls have been kept simple on the
whole, with no motion controls coming into play, and no IR sensor elements.

The game started out with about 10
hours of gameplay, but if players try to achieve on every level within the game,
that number nearly doubles.

a boy and his blob is a classic
updated with charm and style and should be a title for platform fans, and
younger players, to watch for. Look for the game to release in October.


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