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Tales from Space: About a Blob
The Gamers Temple
15 March 2011
Excerpt: If you let game titles do your thinking for you, Tales from Space: About a Blob tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the PSN title. The game is about a blob from space, and that's pretty much it. Players who have warm, fuzzy memories of A Boy and His Blob and its stunning Wii remake might be tempted by the word “blob” alone, as I was, but Tales from Space has more in common Katamari Damacy than the hero(s) of blob games past.
Excerpt: A formless blob of goo isn't the most likely protagonist for a game that involves a lot of running and jumping, but when said blob comes from space, well, all bets are off. In Tales from Space: About a Blob, you control a gelatinous orb that is trying to escape captivity and leave a cartoonish version of Earth. This blob's basic locomotive capabilities are augmented by a few neat powers that are responsible for most of the game's appeal.
Pros: Magnetic locomotion is cool, Collectibles, target times, and online leaderboards offer challenges, Amusing drop in/drop out cooperative play
Cons: Lack of challenging puzzles, Frustrating final boss
Conclusion: The accessible difficulty level comes to an abrupt end with the final boss, who forces you into repeated patterns of precision jumping that are both aggravating and incongruous. Yet, despite ending on a sour note, About a Blob is a very palatable adventure. The light puzzle and platforming challenges come at a good pace and will likely retain your interest in the hours it takes to complete the game.
Pros: Magnetic locomotion is cool, Collectibles, target times, and online leaderboards offer challenges, Amusing drop in/drop out cooperative play.
Cons: Lack of challenging puzzles, Frustrating final boss.
Conclusion: Like Limbo, Flower and Braid before it, Tales From Space: About A Blob is the type of release that makes you thankful for the existence of downloadable gaming and the freedom that it gives developers to create lean, punchy and engaging games that would have no doubt been doomed to obscurity had they been launched full-price at retail.
Excerpt: Blob crashes down on Earth; Blob is captured; Blob breaks loose, rescues friends, consumes everything . That basically sums up Tales from Space: About a Blob in a nutshell; essentially, it’s a twist on the classic science experiment story gone horribly awry. It also happens to be a simple, fitting premise for some good old fashioned platforming hijinks, albeit one with a few clever twists added to the menu.
Conclusion: Tales From Space: About a Blob is a very unique and charming game that provides a nice change of pace. Clocking in at approximately four hours my first time through, and providing a decent challenge, I found it to be good value for its fifteen dollar price tag. If you’re a fan of the genre and/or collection games such as the Katamari franchise, you will most-likely enjoy it quite a bit.
Tales From Space: About A Blob: New Indie Platformer Has Charm And Polish
7 February 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Combine elements from Katamari, Kirby, and LocoRoco into an inventive, giddy platformer
Graphics: The 2D graphics are crisp, colorful, and display a humorous visual style
Sound: The catchy soundtrack recalls classic cartoon and sci-fi music
Playability: The surprisingly deep play mechanics are married to expertly designed levels that divide their focus between platforming, puzzle-solving, and combat
Entertainment: A polished 2D platformer that blends its...
Tales from Space: About a Blob – The PS3 Attitude Review
3 March 2011
Conclusion: It even has a demo, so there’s no excuse not to at least try this game out. With unlockable PlayStation Home rewards, online leaderboards for time trials, and the option to play the whole game in two player co-op, this is a great first title from this promising indie developer, and we look forward to whatever they do next.