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Toast Master Den's Review!

posted by LordDen (FRESNO, CA) Nov 27, 2009

Member since Oct 2009

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is very fresh and exciting. The world is designed beautifully, the characters are lovable and memorable, and the control is simple. All of these things combined make for a fun, genial experience.

How can a game about a fat blob and a little kid with a ton of jelly beans be this delightful you ask? Let me paint you a picture.

Imagine that I'm standing at a platform and right before me is a very large canyon coming into view. All I have is a jelly bean that turns my blob into a parachute. Can you guess what I have to do next? :D That's right. After I feed the blob, I jump off the platform, open the chute, and there are little mines making a small path for me to float down gracefully. But oh noes! There seems to be a mine that's moving back and forth underneath me! It's going to disrupt my graceful decline. Either I have to slow down the chute so that it passes before I get there, or I put the chute away so that I free fall passed the moving mine, only to hopefully deploy it again in time so as not to hit the other mines below!

That is just one example of my favorite moments in the game. That doesn't include all the other little jelly bean throwing, anvil dropping moments that had me giggling like a little boy. And it doesn't stay easy! There were times when I had to check what jelly beans I had available to me, determine my surroundings, take a moment to strategize the possibilities, then quickly execute!

Graphics: The graphics are great! Everything is hand drawn and animated in a very 'disney-like' manner. Even the artwork itself seems to be coming from a time when 2D animation was at its peak.

Music: The music showed that they really went above and beyond with pretty much all aspects of this game. It really felt like the music for each level fit the backdrop well. That said I won't be picking up the soundtrack of this game, but I really did enjoy it in the game.

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Hand drawn beauty with a hint of nostalgia

posted by Malgamus (AUBURNDALE, FL) Oct 27, 2009

Member since Dec 2007

12 out of 13 gamers (92%) found this review helpful

This game is incredible in many ways. They took a classic from my childhood and re-imagined it in a new way. The main levels offer a decent challenge without being frustrating. The bonus levels are a bit harder but I found the challenge fun rather than annoying. The hand drawn environments make the levels come alive with details down to bugs and the like moving around on the ground and in the air.

+Hand drawn graphics look great
+Moderately challenging puzzles to solve
+Interesting take on boss fights
+Honoring the original game

In short, if you like puzzle solving platform games with a moderate level of challenge you will like this game. If you remember the original you will like it even more. We need more games like this.

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Blobs of fun

posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Nov 18, 2009

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Member since Mar 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

A Boy and His Blob is a long-overdue remake of the NES classic. It provides an action/puzzle gameplay that is unlike anything on the market today... for better or worse.
Like several recent gems, ABHAB is a 2-D side-scroller. However, this one is not focused on action gameplay, it's more series of puzzles. That's where your blob comes into the game. You see, your little white ball of goo likes his jellybeans. Feed him different jellies and he'll transform into useful forms that can help you progress. Need to get to another platform? Turn it into a ladder. Need to press a button? Turn it into an anvil. Need to perform open heart surgery? Turn into a scalpel... okay, maybe not. But the blob has plenty of forms that will have you lifting, jumping, floating, falling and platforming your way through 40 levels. The levels aren't that long, but move along smoothly.
At the end of each 10 levels you face a boss. Now, this is one of the pitfalls of the game, because the bosses has patterns of attack, charge, strike, etc. However, you're mostly geared for a puzzle game. Having to call back your blob, drop the appropriate jelly bean, wait for him to transform and use the new form creates a big disconnect when it comes to action gameplay. This process could have been much more streamlined and it weighs down the overall game.
Each level has three treasure chests you can collect. But it's really unnecessary since collecting the chests just unlocks a bonus level that, once completed, unlocks some concept art. That's all. It adds some nice challenges to the levels though.
The art style and overall presentation are very good for this type of game. It has a hand-drawn quality that really resonates with the old-school gameplay.
While I appreciate what ABAHB is trying to do, it has enough problems in the overall design to keep it from gaming nirvana. It's a great change of pace though and a welcome reboot for a long-lost series.

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