Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Bit of Wat: A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia

The first thing that I think of when I think of A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia is: the opening track sounded very similar to the Indiana Jones theme song. The second thing I think of when I think of this game is that the titular "boy" runs like a ballerina on stage. Otherwise, I have no really solid critiques of this game. It was just that awesome. If you never played it for NES, then maybe you played it for the Wii, which is was later released on. If you played it on neither, then you are a sad, sad soul that REALLY needs to play this game.

The premise of the game is this: you are a boy who is associated by a gelatinous blob that looks eerily like the adipose from the newer Doctor Who episodes. He comes from an alien planet, Blobolonia, that is being run by an evil emperor that will only feed the planet's inhabitants candy. The plot hinges on the duo planning on saving the planet. Blobert, the blob, is entirely controlled by the computer, whereas the Boy is controlled by the player, and can only run left or right. All other actions that he takes must be assisted by Blobert.

Basically, you are required to run through a series of levels, avoiding perilous enemies and items while collecting glittering objects (treasures and diamonds that can be used to purchase vitamins, used in the vitablaster). To do this, the boy feeds Blobert a series of different jelly beans in a multitude of different flavors. Each flavor makes Blobert turn into a different item. The different jellybeans, and what they turn Blobert in to are as follows:

  •  Licorice - makes a ladder 
  •  Strawberry - bridge 
  •  Cola - air bubble 
  • Cinnamon - blowtorch 
  • Apple - jack 
  • Vanilla - umbrella 
  • Tangerine - trampoline 
  • Root Beer - rocket 
  • Honey - hummingbird 
  • Ketchup - this basically allows you to connect to him more readily—he usually doesn't eat them. 
  • Punch - hole 
  • Coconut - coconut. This allows you to roll Blobert around onto the next screen like a spy. 
  • Lime - key 
  • Orange - vitablaster
  • Peppermints - these increase the boy's life.
Basically that is it. You toss the blob various jelly beans as a means to solve the puzzle levels and accomplish tasks/save yourself from falling objects. There are six levels, most of which are based on fake candy areas (like popcorn, and "cherry" bombs), and then a final "confrontation." That's it; it's a very simple, very addictive game! If you want to play it, you can do so online here. Happy Gaming!

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