De Blob has been out for quite a number of years now, first appearing on the Nintendo Wii in 2008 De Blob has now reached a wider market and is taking a seat amongst the great on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Developed by Blue Tongue Entertainment and Blitworks, De Blob is a story of good against evil, The evil INKT Corporation has declared ‘Color is a Crime!’ and leeched Chroma City of all its beauty and interest. The race to rescue Chroma City has just begun, and only De Blob can save the world from a black-and-white future with his unique abilities to colour the world back to life.
De Blob is suitable for anyone that can lift a controller and use it, it’s a very simple game with simple goals, however, it is an amazing bit of fun. Now I’m the first to admit that I can act like a child, but can I see a game through the eyes of one without putting my grownup head on? I doubt it. To see De Blob from as many angles as I could, I recruited my sons to play the game and review it. My eldest is eleven years old and plays a wide range of games, so here’s a De Blob review through the eyes of a child:
De Blob is a third-person platformer arranged around the theme of painting and mixing colours. De Blob is a friendly character in Chroma city, however, the INKT Corporation has turned the city from colourful, bright neon to a dull, dark and murky place by inking all of the buildings, landmarks and plants. It’s your job to make everything colourful and neon again. A simple tutorial teaches you how to combine colours and paint the world, with De Blob changing colour dispending on what he runs into, and needs to avoid running into ink.
The graphics are good considering its age. You transfer from city to city with the colours you chose. I didn’t like the music that plays during a mission, I was expecting music that reels you in and makes you want to do the missions, instead, it just irritated me.
In some games a slow start is often a side effect of a complex game slowly teaching you it’s mechanics, here, however, I found De Blob provided a quick tutorial and never really developed into anything more interesting or engaging than the simple elements it taught in the beginning. Saying that, I did enjoy playing the game with my younger brother and it’s a great family game to play when all of your family is bored. I will rate De Blob 7.5/10. I think the game is aimed at younger children as I got quite bored after a while doing the same thing over and over again.
So in a roundabout way, I think he liked it, for a short time anyway, I certainly did enjoy playing De Blob but like Alfie said it didn’t grab you long enough to want to play it for any length of time. The controls were simple, however, the camera did you no favours as it didn’t follow you, and at times just made controlling De Blob a bit of a dizzy nightmare. My youngest son however, who is six, thoroughly enjoyed it, to the point where he was playing nothing else. Graphically De Blob is basic and serves its purpose but generally, I think it was probably best leaving a game released in 2008 right where it belonged, because there are plenty of games on the market that appeal to the younger gamer and De Blob could easily be overlooked.
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