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POSTED 25/2/11


DE BLOB 2

THQ
PS3/Move (also on Xbox 360, Wii, DS)

Damn. No matter how blobby you get on their arses, sometimes you just canít keep a bastard dictator down.

Yep, the nefarious Comrade Black Ė possessor of the worst case of small man syndrome since Napoleon lost a bet with a shrink ray - is back. Dare we say it, back in black? Hmm, wish we hadnít.

He took the Stones at their word in the original Wii-tastic de Blob and made like an impressionable proto-Goth by not only painting the town black, but everything else within. However, a cheeky shit of a paint globule porous enough to absorb pigment aplenty saved the day, defeating Black and his INKT Corporation to bring colour, music and, well, just the vibe back.

Itís essentially the same here, but somethingís whiffy. The original bridged the kiddie/adult gap more expertly, and that dollopy, dashy swagger has been eschewed for a more marblesque way of, erm, rolling. It also couldnít be more hand-holdy if it was Morten Harket in the ĎTake On Meí video. Meanwhile, the frequent interruptions would make Channel Ten jealous.

Jumps are often iffy, and the timer's the funniest joke in history. Talk about broken Ė let's restart a level with 40 seconds shall we? Moveís supported, but not for classic Wii-mix flick jumps, just button jabs. Itís suckage in glowy orb-encrusted sticky shape.

Still, thereís more Blob to get blobinous with (including 2D levels) and itís spiffy visually. If you shoom youíll get a good half dayís play. Get obsessive and need to collect everything (and as itís stingier than Unca Scrooge and Monty Burnsí lovechild with trophies, bling whoresíll wanna) and you'll get more, sanity permitting.

The edginess that made the original such a treatís been smoothed, to de Blob's detriment. Meh, we liked him better before he was famous...

take me back to the start...

 



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