Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Review

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (Available exclusively on PlayStation Vita)
ESRB Rating: E
Players: 1
Genre: Platformer
Publisher: DrinkBox
Developer: DrinkBox
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Parent Talk: Mutant Blobs Attack is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB for cartoon violence.  You’re a blob of goo that eats everything in its path, Katamari Damacy style.  It’s bright, colorful, and completely harmless to children.

Plays Like: Several light platformers, mixed with Katamari Damacy.

Review Basis: Finish most of the game. When you read this, odds are I’ll have completed it.

The circumstances surrounding this game and COE are interesting. We received the digital download code to have early access to the game, but we needed another due to a glitch. Turns out however that the glitch didn’t affect us, so Steven and I downloaded the game inadvertently. He played the first couple levels and concluded the “simple” experience wasn’t for him. Me, easily entertained, immediately loved it and continued. I’m happy I did.

The Great:

Starts very simple, and grows in complexity and reward. By gobbling up everything in your path, the tiny mutant blob quickly grows, which changes how he handles.  His jumps increase, he gains new powers and abilities, and can’t fit through certain spaces.  Part of the charm lies in the way you seek objects to eat; the other is the humor. Mutant Blobs Attack is great fun in short bursts or lengthy play sessions, and best of all; it only costs $8.

The Good:

+ New powers mix things up. Your blob can fly, use magnetic platforms to propel himself, and shape its paths with touch-activated platforms. This is anything but a simple platformer once it gets going.

+ Katamari Damacy-like gameplay is exceptional. To access new areas, you must eat everything available. The larger you grow, the more the blob can devour, until you’re downing helicopters and tanks. Becoming larger also alters the platforming because gravity works differently.

+ Gyroscopic levels are optional, but fantastic.  These levels require a vertical Vita, and your slowly twisting it to roll the blob to safety. They seem gimmicky, but offer some of the best levels in the game.

+ Medal incentives. There are two hidden objects to collect in each level, but locating enough stuff to eat so you can reach both is tricky.

+ The humor fits.  Mutant blobs are attacking Earth and newscasters are reporting by talking gibberish. Nothing is taken serious, which is perfect.

+ Great presentation values.  While what you see and hear is simplistic compared to the other Vita launch titles, it comes together in a fun and imaginative gameplay world.

The So-So:

+/- Persistence pays off. The later levels provide a great challenge, but there’s no feeling of risk due to infinite lives. This makes the game seem easier than it is if there was a set number of lives.

The Bad:

– Initial ease. Mutant Blobs starts as a cakewalk, and may turn off those unwilling to devote the necessary time to encounter the challenge. However, acquiring all the gold medals is no easy feat.

– The holes in the first labyrinth level seem to suck you in for no apparent reason. It gets annoying fast, but thankfully the others don’t seem to suffer from the problem.

The Ugly:

Thinking you’ve mastered the game by the second world, only to realize you haven’t seen anything yet.  Your platforming skills will be tested by world 4.

The Lowdown:

I had zero expectations going into Mutant Blobs. After Steven told me this wasn’t for him, I decided to play a few levels and write up something quickly. Several hours later I couldn’t stop returning to stages where I failed to win a gold. Having never played Tales from Space: About a Blob on the PlayStation Network, I knew nothing of the series. I tell you now that it’s one of the biggest surprises among the Vita launch games. For just$8 I happily recommend this one to all platformer fans. Just remember to give it some time. It’s nowhere near as easy as it first appears.

Average Score Scale: 8.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 9/10 (Inflated)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: You want something different: Katamari Damacy and platforming mix; what’s not to like?

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: You want and expect a challenging platformer right away.

One thought on “Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Review”

  1. I have played some more levels of this game and have quickly become addicted also. You’re right, its gets a lot more fun in the later levels, especially once you gain the “ability” of eating people up. Awesome and a lot of fun for only 8$!

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