Tales from Space: About a Blob

Tales from Space: About a Blob

(DrinkBox Studios)
Ship Date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Time To Finish: 
5 Hours

The 2D puzzle platformer Tales from Space: About a Blob releases later today in North America on the PlayStation Store, after last week's PlayStation Plus release. The title is the very first original game developed by Toronto based DrinkBox Studios, and is exclusive to the PlayStation Network. But what did we think of it?

As you may have guessed, in Tales from Space: About a Blob you play as (there really isn’t any other way to describe it) a blob... from space. In the opening cutscene, a large cluster of these blobs is seen shooting towards Earth. Unfortunately, one of them gets separated from its fellows and is caught by an evil human scientist, who imprisons it in his laboratory.

And this is where you begin the game. Simply put, the aim of each level is to reach the end, while getting the highest score and shortest time possible. You press X to jump and square to run, use buttons to open doors, and many obstacles such as rocket turrets attempt to halt your progress. So, you may be thinking it’s just a bog-standard platformer, right?

Wrong. You see, space blobs likes to eat stuff – lots of stuff. Hold down L2, and your blob will eat anything it touches (assuming it is physically big enough to do so). In the first level, you’re only a few centimetres tall and so cannot eat anything bigger than a drawing pin. However, the more you eat the bigger you get, so as the game progresses, you’ll eventually be able to eat people, then tanks, and by the end of the game you’ll be vacuuming up skyscrapers as if they were peanuts.

You also have a number of abilities to help traverse each level and solve puzzles. Firstly, by pressing R2 you can spit out objects you have previously absorbed. This is your main weapon against enemies, and can be used to access out-of-reach switches. You can also slam by pressing circle after jumping, which is used to damage enemies as well as destroy breakable objects. However, things start to get really interesting once you learn the magnetic and electric abilities.




Review by Stefhutch20