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Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
It’s tough being a blob. You get no respect from anyone, especially the scientists who are testing the limits of your body in every painful way they can think of. But one spiky blob sees a chance to escape, takes it, and sets out on a course for revenge. He starts out small and must devour everyday objects to grow larger so that he can wreak revenge of gigantic proportions. A follow-up game to Tales from Space: About a Blob, Mutant Blobs Attack features a new blob character, new levels and new powers.
The blob is a bouncy fellow. He moves through the world by rolling but really shines when he starts to bounce around. Eating things makes him grow larger, and he must consume enough each level so that he can make it to the next as a bigger blob. Jumping is a key to his movement, and there are plenty of objects to be climbed and bounced off of. You do have to watch out for blob frying lasers, blob popping spikes and platforms that can crush you, but that’s all in a day’s work for a blob anyway.
Mutant Blobs Attack is a puzzle game, so each level in addition to his growth, the blob must figure out how to move the obstacles in his way. In the beginning, the puzzles are easily defeated by basic moves, but Mutant Blobs Attack doesn’t let the player off too easy for too long. My favorite level so far is the one where I had to slide down the inside of a pipe and avoid not only hazards inside the pipe but a laser that followed close behind as I slid down. You also have the chance to rescue other blobs that are friends of yours, though the rescue can look more like you’re snacking on them than freeing them to fight another day. Most of these are where the puzzles get a bit tougher and require thinking as well as figuring out what skills the blob has that will be useful.
Mutant Blobs Attack is definitely made to invoke the old 50’s mutant disaster movies in the minds of its players. The levels have a flavor of the era in them, even when there’s not too much material to devour in a particular one. The graphics are clean and crisp, and the blob looks at home in his faux-retro environments. Later levels are where the game really gets fun and kind of crazy, with the addition of powers for your blob like telepathy and anti-gravity.
It probably won’t take you too long to finish the game, but the replayability is upped by the list of the achievements and just the sheer amount of destructive fun to be had.
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is available on PC from Steam.