A Boy and his Blob (1989 - NES, reviewed by Jernobyl)

This 1989 video game entails an epic adventure about an average boy in blue jeans and his jelly bean addicted pet blob. You begin off in some random city at night time outside of your house standing in front of your bouncing mound of a pet. I never did find the real object to this game except that there are hidden treasures around, and once you pick them up it sends out a sound as if congratulating you on doing something right.

Gameplay


This game is fairly straightforward. You have a bag full of an assortment of jellbeans, ranging from ketchup to strawberry. Your blobbus friend is addicted to this candy and demands that you feed it often. It is easy to tell when it is discontent from the amount of jellybeans you have been feeding it, or from feeding it the wrong jellybean it desires. Each jellybean you feed blobby will transform him into a certain object. Some of the objects consist of a large bubble, a ladder and a rocket. To revert him back to his regular form you must whistle at it, and then it will be ready for you too feed it another special jellybean.

Some features in this game are quite pointless and make you want to throw your gaming system through the wall. I won't give away too much detail but at points in the game you can turn your blob friend into a trampoline and jump on it. You are then able to continue jumping on it until you jump into outer space. Whistling for your blob friend at such heights will revert him back to his blobbus form and send you hurtling down to Earth, breaking every bone in your body, which gets me to my next point! The boy in this game dies easily from falling from small heights. Heights from which a normal human could survive from falling from. I think the creators could have worked a little more on his hero like attributes.

Graphics


This game is a side scroller. Some of the background is quite repetitive like rolling through a roll of toilet paper. On a better note, the morphing sequence of the blob is quite cool to watch, and I would say was ahead of its time in that sense.

Sound


The sound isn't too fancy because I believe they know it's already a cool game. Some features I liked about the sound were when you walked into a dangerous area the sound would begin to speed up, as if the creators are trying to warn you that baddies are lurking near. Also, the theme song is quite catchy.

Toughness


I was never able to beat this game. It is quite challenging and at points makes you incorporate your strategic skills, as in when to use the right jellybeans at the right times.

Last Word


If you have ever dreamt of having a white blob follow you around, this game is definitly for you. If not, then you haven't lived.

5/7 Yannis:



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