A Boy and His Blob Review
A Boy and His Blob box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: WayForward Technologies 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Majesco 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 13, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Some gameplay elements require exacting precision that might be frustrating for younger gamers. While there are no lives or continues in A Boy and His Blob, expect to die a lot in later stages as you miss a jump by a hair or fail to trigger a protective blob transformation early enough, only to get hit by an enemy and die while the poky blob animation is still unfolding. The four boss fights are particularly devious. The solutions are simple, but when the slow-moving titular duo is faced against huge, fast-moving creatures with several unpredictable attacks, multiple deaths are imminent.

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The demanding boss fights and obvious puzzles combine into what is perhaps A Boy and His Blob's biggest flaw: Some parts might be too challenging for younger gamers, while the forgiving nature of the puzzles might be too simple for older players. While there's a great learning curve for the blob's transformations, WayForward missed the mark on overall gameplay balance by a hair.

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Fortunately, if you can look past the occasionally frustrating section or aggravating boss fight, A Boy and His Blob has a ton of content that will keep gamers coming back for more. Every level in the lengthy 40-stage adventure features three treasure chests that unlock trophies for the hub world and more substantial unlockables like videos, concept art, and more.

On top of the campaign, there are an additional 40 challenge stages for even more gameplay. A Boy and His Blob is packed with a lot of content, and there's one thing it has more of than nearly any other game around: heart. It's a sweet, well-meaning game that manages to elicit an emotional response more effectively than most so-called art games. The relationship between the two main characters is remarkably real - so much so that the ending of the game comes off as bittersweet. Thankfully, the moment it ends you can return to the game, and the adventures of the boy and the blob can continue for as long as you'd like them to.

By J. Matthew Zoss
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Gorgeous hand-drawn graphics are amongst the best on the Wii platform.
3.3
Control
Mostly solid, but occasionally frustrating or too exacting.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Minimal voice work and nice score fits well with the visuals.
3.9

Play Value
Lots of content, but perhaps too frustrating for some younger gamers.

3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Experience the heartwarming story through an all-new, hand-drawn and animated presentation designed exclusively for Wii.
  • Transform the blob into 15 useful items by feeding him jelly beans such as the all-new Caramel Cannon and Bubble Gum Bouncer and classic beans like the Licorice Ladder, Apple Jack, and Tangerine Trampoline!
  • Travel through the Blobolonian Outskirts to the Emperor's Citadel in four breathtaking worlds featuring 40 levels filled with hidden treasures!
  • Unlock bonus content including original concept art, video features, and more.


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