Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Review

A blob with a vengeance

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PlayStation Vita on

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack was also ported to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

ESRB Everyone 10+ rating

Mutant Blobs Attack is a sequel to PlayStation 3's Tales from Space: About a Blob. It is a refreshing 2D platformer with many gameplay mechanics seamlessly integrated into one fun little package.

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Video game references galore!

The player controls a blob who seeks revenge after escaping a scientific laboratory where blobs are mistreated and experimented on. When the game starts, you are small enough to only absorb screws and such. As you absorb more objects (a la Katamari Damacy) and the story progresses, you grow bigger and bigger. The controls are simple as you only roll around and jump at the start but as the game continues you will learn to slam into the ground while in the air, gain magnetic abilities, and be able to fly around with a jetpack.

The graphics are reminiscent of decades old comic books as being viewed through a cathode ray tube television. Subtle graphical tweaks from time to time (such as blue and red blurs to simulate that old-timey 3D effect) make the game feel fresh. The music evokes classic science fiction movie soundtracks and stands out as quirky and fun. The sound effects are mostly squishing as the blob moves around and sucking sounds as he absorbs objects. It would have been nice to have more prominent sound effects for actions like when the blob slams down to the ground. There is also a strong sense of humour with laugh-out-loud story sequences and many references to indie games in the stage backdrops.

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Tilt-a-blob level

Variety is abundant in each of the game's 24 levels. You will find yourself moving as fast as you can to outrun lasers, solving physics-based puzzles, repelling and attracting yourself with magnetism, etc. At points the gameplay will change seamlessly from rolling and jumping to being swiftly sucked through air vents, moving obstacles with the touch screen, or flying around with a jetpack. The controls are always simple and intuitive even when the gameplay changes. You will never find yourself trying to remember the controls no matter what the game throws at you. There are also 5 tilt-a-blob levels where you tilt the Vita to guide the blob through a labyrinth while avoiding lasers and falling down holes. These stages control very well and add even more variety to an already diverse game.

Mastering each level is challenging, fun, and rewarding. Points are earned by collecting blue dots, absorbing items, and finishing levels as fast as you can. The player is given a medal depending on how many points they have. There are also blob friends to find which are hidden quite cleverly most of the time. Icons on the stage select screen reflect the medal earned and if all of the friends were found, so the player is encouraged to make all of the levels complete and have a gold medal. There is an online leaderboard for each level as well.

The story mode can be finished in a few game sessions and there is not much to do after mastering every level. There are no other modes at all. The only reason you would want to play the game after completing it would be to climb the leaderboards which could be fun for some gamers, but most gamers will probably never pick the game up again.

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After absorbing the Earth, he may as well go for the whole solar system

There is a ton of fun to be had in the well-presented Mutant Blobs Attack. When the short-lived story mode is complete most gamers will be satisfied but wish there were more of the game to play.

  • + Fantastic presentation with retro comic book feel and old school sci-fi music
  • + Variety of solid gameplay mechanics
  • + Mastering levels is fun and challenging
  • - Story mode is a bit too short
  • - Not much to do after completing and getting a gold medal on all of the levels
8.5 out of 10
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