What’s a spiky little mutant blob to do? Stranded on an alien world. No way home. With lots of little lost blob buddies to save from despicable scientific experiments. In Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, the 1950’s inspired side scrolling puzzler, the answer is simple. Get bigger by eating everything in sight, and terrorise the entire planet. But it isn’t half as dramatic as it sounds. Mutant Blobs Attack is a bright and friendly game that treats the metabolisation of peanuts, paper cups, farm animals, and terrified people all with the same lighthearted enthusiasm and upbeat music.
Back in 2011 Drinkbox Studios released Tales From Space: About a Blob. It was a well received downloadable game that, while it didn’t set the gaming world on fire, nobody who played it had anything particularly bad to say either. It was a bit short and had a few tricky levels that required good timing (or good luck) but the blobs were cute and the presentation was fun. It could be said that it was everything you’d want in a handheld game.
So when the follow-up game Tales From Space: Mutants Blobs Attack was released for the PlayStation Vita in 2012, it was just about the perfect title for the new handheld console. For many people it was the handheld game of the year.
Now Mutant Blobs Attack is available on the Xbox 360 for just $10.95. The Blob, along with dozens of other blobs are locked in a lab, and are being subjected to all kinds of terrible experiments. Basically getting sliced in half and mashed. Our hero blob, who is impossibly adorable for a gelatinous alien thing, escapes and starts eating everything. From there on it’s through the University and down the drain to the countryside, into the cities, and beyond.
To get through the levels you have to eat enough to increase in size. I say eating, but all you have to do is roll over something and suck it into your blob body.You jump, squeeze through gaps, avoid lasers and fire, use your magnetic powers to stick to pipes, all to suck up everything not nailed down and find the two blob friends that are hidden on every level. Once you get big enough you can jump higher and eat bigger stuff eventually letting you open the exit to the next level.
It’s all nonsense of course. There’s no real logic to it. Every so often you pass electrical nodes that let you fly. There are movable platforms and mini cannons that you can control remotely, to carry or shoot you past deadly obstacles, as well as gusts of wind and magnetic fields that only let you move in one direction. And you have an unlimited amount of lives so getting fried or mashed only puts you back a minute or two.
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a super friendly puzzle game and well worth the $11. It looks great, despite being strictly two dimensional, and the 50’s sci-fi theme is engaging even if you kind of end up wishing that when the Blob gets bigger (and it gets really big) that the change in scale was somehow reflected more in the gameplay. In the end it's a great PlayStation Vita game that is a bit too simple and a touch too cute to translate perfectly to the bigger Xbox 360 console. But terrorizing a planet has never been this friendly, this upbeat, or this much fun.