I think this game is first of all, adorable. And I'm fine with that. I'd actually like more "adorable" games that aren't half bad to play. It is on the simplistic side of things as far as the platforming goes, but really, how much trouble should a young boy be getting into anyway? This would be an excellent game to play with your children of almost any age and not be completely brain numbed by the repetative game play and unimaginative environments that many games made for children have. Why should children grow up on cruddy games? I grew up on what most adults were playing at the time, (without violence and gore and sensuality, Q-bert, Pac-Man, Asteroids, Enduro, Pole Position, Pitfall, Tetris, Super Mario Bros etc.) and so should this generation be able to as well. The attention to detail is wonderful, the Boy/Blob relation is somewhat like having a puppy and is absolutely heart melting when he hugs it. So ultimately, I say, bring on the cute but fun (or somewhat fun in this case) to play games! BRING IT ON!
I remember this game when I was a kid, it was frustrating then and it is frustrating now. I like the idea that you feed a marshmellow like blob jellybeans thus making him morph into useful shapes. The problem is that there isn't much to do. In the 80's version you went underground to a subway to grab a special bag od jellybeans to go into outerspace and fight the blob king of blobolina. Here you have a menu of three jellybeans at a time, the grpahica are cartooney and much more colorful and smoother. And yet I was never so bored, occasionally you play W.E. Coyote where a gaint black blob bull will try to charge and you feed the blob a punch jellybean so he can turn into a hole. GET IT Punchhole. Only to have the beast fall in. Or maybe give him a tangerine to turn into a trampoline or coconut to turn into a ball. You get the idea, but the levels are short, sadly boring and repetitive. A great concept, but only a renter at best.
I never played the original so I have nothing to compare this to. However, I was enthralled at the beginning. The art work was gorgeous, the kid was cute, and the blob was fun and interesting. However, the levels are very repetitive, I felt very forced into completing challenges in one way and only one way, and I hated that I could only carry 3 beans at one time (and most of the time one of them was the balloon which was pointless since I could call blob three times and he'd automatically turn into a balloon anyway...plus the fact that when I wanted him to be a balloon, he was too far away to reach my jelly bean anyway so I had to sit and hit a button three or four times in order to continue...). This game is definitely a renter. On the good side, my wife, who doesn't play many video games, loved the simplicity and beauty of the game.