Indie Review: Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is an indie-developed 2D platforming game from Drinkbox Studios, and is the sequel to 2011's Tales from Space: About A Blob, which was a PSN exclusive title. Now, the blobs are back, this time on PC and Vita, but are they back with vengeance or just a whimper?
- Worth The Time?Yes, it keeps you entertained, and the price tag makes it easily justifiable.
- Things LovedThe presentation of the story is really funny, the gameplay is smooth, enjoyable and precise, it's addictive, it's fun and easy to play, there's lots of variety in the levels, the visuals are great, there's not much it does wrong.
- Things HatedIt gets repetitive, it's not always exciting.
- RecommendationIf you like platformers, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack should be an easy buy, especially for its price.
- Name: Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
- Genre: 2D Platformer
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: N/A
- Platforms: PC, PS Vita, Mac OS X
- Developer: Drinkbox Studios
- Publisher: Drinkbox Studios
- Price: $7.99 (about R67.10)
- Reviewed On: PC
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a bit of a strange sequel because it released as a launch title for the PlayStation Vita, and came out this month on PC and Mac, while its predecessor, Tales From Space: About A Blob, was released last year exclusively on PlayStation Network. That random bit of information aside, this is a game that is very easy to like. From the time it begins, you’ll find yourself smiling at the game’s very comical cutscenes and premise. Basically, Mutant Blobs Attack, as you may have guessed, is about a rather mean and grumpy mutant Blob who escapes from captivity and goes on a rampage, eating everything in sight. The idea of the game is to get to the end of the level and consume all you can to rack up points and grow in size, which will naturally enable you to progress onwards to the finish line, achieve feats that were previously impossible and regenerate health.
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That’s about all there is to the concept of the game. However, don’t let its simplicity fool you, because Mutant Blobs Attacks offers a whole range of dynamic levels, blob powers, varied platforming sections and unique gameplay mechanics. Spread across the levels you’ll find your more traditional physics-based puzzles, environmental hazards and jumping sequences, but you’ll also find many interesting and unique challenges. The game certainly puts the growth mechanic to great use as you eat everything you can to basically become Blobzilla, which allows you to eat bigger things, like enemy tanks or obstacles blocking your way. There are also sections that are much like zero gravity sections, where you will have to rocket propel your Blob through free space, or sections where you’ll need to use a magnetic pulse to attach to and fly off metal surfaces. Then there are other goodies like steel platforms you can move with an electrical shackle, and weak structures you can body slam though.
Don’t ask me where this blob gets all these powers, because I think the only answer you’re going to get is ‘because mutants’ and stuff. Either way, the gameplay is really simple. You’ll move your blob around with the standard directional keys, and you’ll have a button for jumping and slamming. You’ll also use the mouse to interact with objects in the environment. The controls are easy to use, even if they do use the keyboard’s buttons rather weirdly. The game is very forgiving towards failure, because if you die, which isn’t often because few things are instant kills, you’ll respawn immediately just a few seconds back, so there’s basically a zero chance the game will frustrate you. It’s a smooth ride, which is good.
Mutant Blobs Attack deserves praise for its unique mechanics and very enjoyable gameplay. It’s easy to love this game and become addicted to it, and credit needs to be given to the developers for the variety found in the gameplay and levels. There are six areas in the game, each with a handful of levels, and it’s great to see how fresh each new area feels, from both visual design and gameplay perspectives. I’m trying to emphasise that Mutant Blobs Attack hardly puts a foot wrong, and there’s nothing to really dislike about it. However, it’s unfortunate that despite the variety in levels and gameplay, the idea of the game, which is to eat to grow to progress, stays the same and this poses the risk of things getting repetitive. But perhaps the most curious thing I found about Mutant Blobs Attack is that I was rather laid back playing it. The game wasn’t terribly exciting or stimulating, but I hardly found anything I disliked about it at all. It was just an enjoyable and rather relaxing experience to have.
If there’s one thing that is almost impossible not to love about Mutant Blobs Attack, it’s the game’s visuals and presentation. The game is colourful, it has a clean look about it, it’s very dynamic and detailed and its a joy to play. The animations are smooth and crisp and I can’t say I found any flaws in the game’s presentation. It’s a visual treat, and it’s as charming as you get often enough. The music is mostly kiddy stuff, and it works well within the context of the game and is entertaining to listen to, adding to Mutant Blobs Attack’s charm. Technically, Mutant Blobs Attack is spotless too, and like I’ve said a number of times it’s a very smooth and comfortable playing experience. If you’re planning to get this on Vita, it would be the perfect choice because it’s definitely a game that you’d love to play on the go.
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is fun, varied, easy to play, and definitely worth the time. While it’s not revolutionary or terrifically exciting, the game hardly ever sets a foot wrong and is always entertaining. Not to mention that its price tag alone should make the decision easy if you’re interested.