A Boy and his Blob review - Nintendo Entertainment System
What the Mean Machines staff thought
A Boy and His Blob scores no points for pulse-racing excitement. The pace of the game is quite sedate, and you have to get quite a way into the game before your reactions are put to the test. However, A Boy and His Blob is one of the most challenging arcade adventures I've ever played. What I like about it is that there's always more than one way to complete a puzzle. For example, cushioning that massive fall can be achieved with either the Cola Bubble or the Vanilla Umbrella. The game also has a superb graphic quality. Some of the backdrops are digitised and superbly coloured, whilst the sprites are fantastic. The boy moves smoothly and realistically and the Blob himself is a masterpiece of animation. He smiles inanely when he sees a jelly bean being tossed his way, and has the most pathetic look on his face if you don't feed him for a while! There's months of gaming in this cart, and it's worth every penny. Nintendo owners should go forth and purchase immediately!
A Boy and His Blob is every bit as strange as it sounds. The gameplay is very unusual, with elements of arcade adventuring and puzzle-solving thrown together in a highly original way. The way the problems are presented is neat, requiring you to use your blob to the best of his transforming abilities. Some situations are quite tricky, and require plenty of lateral thinking to see them through, but they're never so tough that you give up completely - just try out a few beans and see what comes up! As well as being great fun to play, A Boy and His Blob looks and sounds brilliant. The graphics are tremendous, with superb sprite animation and stunning backdrops, and there are a variety of excellent tunes and effects adding a great atmosphere to the game. Put them together with the amazingly addictive gameplay and you've got a game that'll keep you playing for ages.
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