de Blob - 2017 Edition
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Years later De Blob feels like a worthwhile experiment. It hits the ground running with its likable tone and doesn't really let up with its no-strings-attached sandbox approach. Ironically after seeing the landscape so packed with open world busywork since its retirement, it's a welcome respite.
De Blob is a port that has been meticulously taken care of. It allows for better visuals in a platformer that, even nowadays, remains as a reference of the genre.
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It may well be almost ten years old, but de Blob is still a very welcome addition to the Switch's library. It is by no means perfect, with several camera and control issues and a slight sense of repetition dragging the game down somewhat, but it makes up for these problems with colour, creativity, and fun. From the Minion-style cutscenes to the adorable, "yays," from rescued residents, we can see kids and big kids having a great time here.
Ten years after its initial release, De Blob still holds up. If you were lucky enough to have played it on Wii it is certainly worth a second look. Players who have never played De Blob should take the time to play.
Creative and colourful are two words that perfectly sums up both the spirit and gameplay of de Blob. It is refreshing to enter a more open 3D platformer in which there are several ways to proceed through, rather than going on a preset route, or fail doing so. The challenges are neatly balanced with the rewards, and the way it is possible to instantly retry something without any requirements to do so means that even the more difficult challenges feels fair and rewarding rather than punishing. If looking for a game that plays with you rather than against you, this is a warm recommendation.
It may be almost a decade old but de Blob remains one of the best 3D platformers out there.
de Blob is a charming game which can be enjoyed by everyone. The colourful, fun nature of the game makes it a joy to play and the music makes it even more relaxing. Maybe watch a small snippet of gameplay and see if you would enjoy it as the overall mechanics don't change throughout the game.
All in all I was very pleasantly surprised by de Blob and its light style and creative play. Even though I wouldn’t consider the vast majority of it challenging, making it pretty ideal for kids, everything still felt fresh and fun along the journey. While I’m hoping the sequel, which I suspect will make it to Switch as well, is able to address some of my relatively minor concerns I’d still consider it a platformer well worth checking out for gamers of all ages and skill levels.
Those who have young gamers at home or only played the sequel might want to share the joy of liberating Chroma City one more time.
Although the levels and tasks can be quite repetitive, I didn’t find that it was detrimental to my level of entertainment. I tried to be super colorful with my painting, which led to higher scores when finishing a block. If it wasn’t for the lack of autosave at each checkpoint and the wonky jump mechanics, I likely would have score this game a lot higher. The multiplayer is definitely its redeeming element.