Written by Micah Messer
While Drinkbox studios is hard at work on their next title, Guacamelee, I thought I’d take the time to review their previous PS Vita game, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack! I’m just gonna come out and say that if you own a Vita, Mutant Blobs Attack is a must buy. One part Katamari, and two parts platformer, this game has you rolling around as a mutant blob, completing puzzles, clearing obstacles and eating everything in sight. Its biggest downside is the length of the game, which sits at no more than 4 hours on your first playthrough, but the price is set at a reasonable $7.99
Yes.. that box does say Hipster Juice.
Your main goal? Eat as much as possible. The more you eat, the bigger you get. As you grow in size, new areas become available and you get to devour larger things. To put it into perspective, you start out eating spare change and peanuts under a couch of a college dorm room, but eventually get to the size that you’re devouring crowds of people, helicopters and tanks.
At its heart, Mutant Blobs Attack is a 2D Platformer, but it’s complemented by its Katamari-esque concept. Thankfully, the platforming mechanics to be found here are very solid. The game actually controls quite well. Wall jumping feels natural, and they did a great job of making you feel like a squishy blob as you squeeze through cracks and bounce up and down. You’ll encounter various abilities throughout the game that mix things up, such as being able to magnetize yourself to metal objects. The mechanics are interesting and most of all, fun. It’s not the hardest platformer out there by any means, but there’s enough of a challenge to keep you engaged.
You’ll also find a number of creative puzzles that require the use of touch control. These are great for the most part, and again, while not super challenging, are still a lot of fun. In terms of replay value, there are two blob friends hidden in every level to go back and collect. You’ll often find puzzles that block your way from rescuing them. There’s leaderboards to compete on for scores in individual levels, so you know, standard platformer stuff. There’s also a couple of optional bonus levels that rely on tilt control. I wasn’t a huge fan of these, and aside from the extra hidden blob friends, there’s not a whole lot of incentive to play through them.
Mutant Blobs Attack won’t blow you away with its graphics, but its colors are vibrant, animations for the blob are silky smooth, and the music is great. However, the best thing that Mutant Blobs has going for it in terms of presentation is humor. Drinkbox did a great job of filling the backdrop with tons of things to laugh at. You’ll find internet memes, references from other games, and ridiculous puns scattered across the various billboards and buildings that you encounter throughout the game.
It’s a small game and there’s not a whole lot of ground to cover, so I’ll keep it short.
Overall Score: 90
Cool concept, interesting and fun mechanics, humor, great music, and a modest price tag. What’s not to love?
Genre Score (2D Platformer): 83
While not super challenging, Mutant Blobs Attack sports some very unique and fun platforming mechanics, and the Katamari concept sets apart from other games in the same vein.