De Blob (Wii)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Graphics: 10.00
Sound: 9.50
Gameplay: 10.00
Replays: 10.00
Gamelength: 10.00

THQ’s long-awaited Nintendo Wii game, “de Blob”is finally here and while it’s a bit short, it’s a pretty amazing game.

Have you ever wondered what it might be like if all of the color was taken out of the world? I mean, really, what if everything just changed to monochrome and there was nothing we could do about it? It would be a sad, sad thing, but if you’re curious, that’s the entire point of this game. It’s a very fun and intuitive experience that brings out the inner child in all of us. So grab a coloring book and start practicing for a trip into the world of “de Blob” for the Nintendo Wii.

Wow. Just wow. This game is simply stunning. It’s not a technical masterpiece, but the art design knocked me off my feet. It’s just so charming and colorful that I’d consider it an artistic masterpiece. From the shiny little characters to the splatters of paint and the tall buildings or blimps, the art design here screams perfection. You would have to be a completely heartless person to think badly of the highly nostalgic, child-like design contained in this tidy little package. There’s a lot of heart put into this game and it shows as soon as the game loads the first scene.

The music here is pretty generic, but the quirky little sound effects the characters make and the splatters of paint more than make up for that. It’s a guilty pleasure in a sense because the game has an almost “cute” appeal throughout. During cutscenes, characters don’t even talk. There’s a good amount of humor presented based on their actions, though and there were more than a few times when I laughed for a few moments after watching the antics of the characters in the game. While the visual design is far more appealing by comparison, the sound matches up with it perfectly to create a superb experience.

We all know that no good game is complete without good gameplay, so it’s very fortunate for us that “de Blob” is not only a visual masterpiece, but that it’s also one hell of a fun game. First off, the story is pretty simple, although pure genius. Color has been taken from the world by the evil INKT corporation and De Blob must paint it all back. The coolest part here, though, is that you get to choose what color to paint almost everything in the game. It’s like being a kid again with those old coloring books, a box of crayons and several hours of mindless bliss. So, how does one actually make a game out of such a simple concept? Well, at first it may not seem like much of a game, but the more you play, the more intense it can be. The simple design of the game follows the same general pattern in every level. Players find the enemies with paint, take the paint and paint things until the level ends, all while putting an end to the life of various baddies by jumping on them. Paint is required to kill enemies and harder enemies require more paint to attack. In other cases, a specific color of paint may even be required to finish off an enemy. Paint also serves ad De Blob’s health, but the game is so easy that there’s almost never a need to worry about that. Aside from that, the only real thing there is to do aside from the game’s single major boss fight is to search out and paint all of the extra stuff around each of the levels. It’s a rather short game, even given the amount of stuff there is to search out and paint, but regardless of the length or repetition, this game is seriously addictive. I played through the entire thing twice in a single day before I could put it down. It’s just that fun. On top of that, there’s a multiplayer mode that extends the replay value and adds a bit of a party game setup to the package that rounds it out very nicely. At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that bad games are release constantly. On a daily basis, there are many cliche or just obviously bad games and as such, not many true masterpieces hit store shelves anymore. “de Blob” is one of those few rare games that will enter your gaming collection and stay with you forever.

Overall, THQ pretty much did everything right here. I have no real complaints. If they decide not to make a sequel, that’s when I’ll start complaining!

Pros:
-Fantastic and incredibly charming visuals.
-Silent, but extremely cute characters.
-Highly addictive gameplay.
-Multiplayer mode is fun for the whole family.
-Controls are so easy that even my 4 year-old nephew was playing this game.
-Plenty of extra stuff to seek out and paint in every level.
-Makes you feel like a kid again.

Cons:
-None, unless you count the generic music.

Bottom Line:
If you have a heart and you wish to embrace your inner child all over again, there’s absolutely no question about it; you should buy this game. Even those who may find this sort of thing to be “kiddy” should give it a shot. Let go of that close-minded view for a few moments and get into it. You might find your entire view of the gaming world changed forever.

Overall Rating: 9.75

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