Get ready to paint the town red! Or blue. Or green. Or orange…
Format: PS3, Xbox 360 (version played), Wii, PSP, DS, 3DS Dev: Blue Tongue Entertainment Pub: THQ Out: 25/02/11 Players: 1-2
The de Blob series is one many of us probably haven’t heard about. The first de Blob title was a Nintendo only game, available on Wii and DS, which had a limited amount of success. The next instalment is available on Xbox 360 and PS3 also, as publisher THQ looks to tap into the wider gaming market.
The game itself is perfect for HD. the visuals of the game are vibrantly coloured and the well crafted characters really work with in high resolution. It’s not too complex, just simple and neat, as we have come to expect from many Nintendo derived games, which is a refreshing treat compared to the serious nature of most popular action titles.
In terms of gameplay, what we get with de Blob 2 harks back to the good old days too. It’s a straightforward platform game, the type of game that doesn’t offer too much in terms of what you can do, but will have you hooked for hours. The idea is to work through the various levels to ultimately face the ‘Big Baddie’ in the end, to bring peace and love back to the world. You do this by painting the various landscapes within the game in bright, vivid colours which breathes life into the landscape and allows you to unlock new areas and levels within the game.
There are various missions to complete, including races and rescuing captured friends and defeating enemies. In this title, unlike the original de Blob, special moves have also been introduced, which can be used to burst through objects and bad guys alike and power-ups feature in all the levels too.
Control is easy to pick up and play and will appeal to all. It could be argued that titles such as this do not particularly stretch the capabilities of consoles such as the 360 and PS3. In all fairness, this game could easily be produced as an Xbox Live Arcade game, for example. It does have that feel about it, yet I feel de Blob 2 has enough going for it to make it a worthwhile purchase on the major consoles. The game is fun, accessible to all and just a little bit different to what we are used to, there isn’t much like this available on the HD home consoles.
All in all, if you are looking for a game that gives you lifelike gameplay and features, look elsewhere, de Blob 2 doesn’t offer that. However, if you are looking for a great looking, fun and thoroughly enjoyable platformer, look no further. de Blob 2 has all the bases covered – even if they’re all covered in paint.