Blobster Review

In Blobster you play as a squishy, stretchy, jelly-like blob. In fact, the whole game is centered around blobs and blobbiness: the enemies are also blobs, and the goal of the game is to collect all of the blobules scattered throughout the 40 levels. Blob, blob, blob.

All of these blobs are encased in a fairly standard collect-a-thon platformer that has you hopping and sliding and launching yourself through platform-filled levels. You move left and right by touching either side of the screen, and you jump by stretching and releasing your blob. Being a blob opens up a few fun gameplay opportunities, however. You can be whisked through churning gears, and you can expand to great blobbish sizes. The larger you grow, the higher you can jump.

It’s called camouflage.

The level designs are fairly standard platforming fare, but that doesn’t mean they’re not enjoyable. Tropes like launching off springboards and traveling through pipes may be nearly as old as the genre itself, but they’re still fun to do in Blobster. And some levels contain physics puzzles that can be either fun or frustrating, depending on how the blocks, balls, or boards fall.

And it would hardly be a platformer without power-ups. These, too, are pretty traditional: you’ll find temporary invincibility shields, jump boosters, and flotation devices that let you explore underwater. Again, most of the ideas in Blobster are ones you’ve likely encountered in other platformers, but that doesn’t really drag down the experience.

Between a spike and a hard place.

There is one fairly annoying problem with Blobster, however: the camera. Every time you tap to move left or right, the camera quickly pans over in that direction. When you’re fiddling this way and that to position yourself on a springboard or over an enemy you’re trying to squash, the camera careens all over the place. It’s distracting.

Other than that, our grievances are minor. Sure, the game could probably use a little more creativity in its level design, and we’d welcome checkpoints in some of the larger levels. And it’s kind of strange that there’s no music– the soundtrack is just cutesy sound effects and high-pitched squeals.

But overall, Bloblster is a well-made platformer that will entertain just about anyone willing to take it for a spin. It won’t blow your mind with originality, but it just might make you smile with its traditional platforming charm.

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