April 27th, 2017
Blue Tongue Entertainment, Blitworks
There has been an invasion, and Inkation! INKT has invaded the colorful resort you live in and is sucking the colorful life out of everyone and everything they can! As de Blob, you need to take it back!
The evil INKT group has invaded, and they are removing the color from everything around you! You have to re-color the city, painting the town red, and blue, green, purple, orange, all the colors!
This game just recently came out on Steam on April 27th; however, it was on the Wii and I think some other consoles previously. This reboot brought updated graphics as well as a few other things, and as a game I had never heard of before, I quite enjoyed it.
De Blob is a simple game with simple mechanics, but it’s quite fun. I truly had never even heard of this game, but when I started to check it out I thought it was something similar to Splatoon, and found that it may have some similarities, but it’s truly its own unique platformer.
As de Blob, your goal is to get the world around you back into color while taking out the evil INKT corporation. You collect various colors, and using them can mix paint to form even new colors. So, if you remember your basic art class, you can mix red and blue to make purple for example. Within each section of the world, you have various side quests or tasks to complete, and this combined with just adding color back to the buildings around you will give you the ability to progress and move into the next region.
At its core, de Blob is a fairly simplistic platformer. The added ability to kind of wall jump to spring yourself around, collect various things like color patterns, finish side quests, and what amounts to be a fairly simplistic story line, really round out the gameplay to be a fun experience I plan to go back to. Wrapping up this section, there is a multiplayer mechanic as well as a free roam mode, and though I didn’t get a chance to play the multiplayer, I believe there is a lot of fun to be had here as well based on gameplay I’ve seen.
Visually, this game is beautiful. Sure, it starts off with everything in black and gray around you, but as you start painting the world these gorgeous splashes of color come out. Saturation is quite high in the environment, but it fits for this style of game with bright colors, happy citizens (after you save them), and an overall feel good experience that was such a nice thing to experience after just completing Outlast 2 recently on stream.
Moving into the audio, I was very impressed by what the developers did here. When you start a level, you can pick the mood of the music you want to listen to and there are quite a few options, all of which were great, and even some more genres to unlock later as well. I really loved the soundtrack and it just fit perfect for the atmosphere.
Replay ability wise, the game actually has a lot to offer. Outside of the various story missions, you receive a rank on every area based on how well you did. There are various collectibles in each area, and trying to 100% everything will take a lot of time. You have free roam options, and multiplayer as well, and really this makes a complete package that should give you well above your money’s worth in my opinion.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend de Blob if you are looking for a casual indie platformer that has a lot of fun mechanics and collectibles. I feel this could be my next time killer, when I just want to relax a bit, play something casually, and slowly unlock everything in the game. For $14.99, I think it’s priced competitively to where you can feel happy with the value you get. Combine the gameplay with great visuals and audio and you have a complete package.
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