Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Review (PS Vita)

April 24, 2012

Downloadable Reviews, PS Vita, PSN

Tales from Space first got its debut on the PS3 as an indie PSN game roughly a year ago. Now, during the PS Vita’s launch back in February, Drinkbox Studios have released the sequel, Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. Being one of the cheapest games available via PSN, is it a tale worth investing your time and money on?

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a 2D platformer in which you control an alien blob invading Earth. Your goal is to mainly gobble up everything that stands in your way. However, Drinkbox Studios really thought out the game’s progress. Rather than just completing levels by simply eating everything from point A to point B, you will have to solve clever puzzles that will obstruct your path. You can also find the Blob’s friends to rescue and the higher your score, the better medal you’ll earn at the end of a stage. This element definitely adds replay value for completionists throughout the game’s 24 levels. Another element that the developer thoroughly showcased was the fact that the Blob actually does get bigger in size as you progress. At the beginning of the game, you’re this tiny, little creature. As you complete levels, you’ll notice specific objects that were bigger earlier in the game are now much smaller. By the end of the game, skyscrapers that you were platforming on earlier will be the size of an ant, allowing you to just swallow it without them being obstructions.

The game takes place throughout six different locations/chapters, each containing four to five levels. Immediately, you’ll notice the fine physics incorporated here that makes you “feel” like you’re controlling a blob-like creature. You can squeeze your way through tight spots and briefly latch onto walls and jump off of them. You’ll use the touch screen to occasionally interact with objects that require you to help the Blob traverse the environment. It works quite effectively and makes use for some clever level design. You will also get the ability to create a magnetic field around the Blob that will gravitate you onto metallic objects or repel yourself away from them. This mechanic will start off with basic ideas early in the game but as you progress, you’ll be tested on this aspect. Also, you will occasionally enter “zero gravity” in which you’ll have to carefully traverse the environment by boosting around. All the physics incorporated in the game are incredibly solid and make it stand out from your typical platformer. In the middle of most chapters, you’ll have the option to play a bonus level called Tilt-a-Blob, which takes advantage of the PS Vita’s Sixaxis functionality. These levels add a little more variety to the already creative campaign and spoof on a few pop culture references. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack adds a ton of variety as you progress. You can’t help but look forward to entering each level, wondering what new twists and turns await for you.

Drinkbox Studios certainly has an interesting art style incorporated in their game (essentially the same as the previous iteration on the PS3). Everything in the game looks old-school but uses some modern-stylized visuals in the process. The Blob’s animations are really neat to see due to the physics I mentioned earlier. As you collide with objects, the Blob will react in a “flubber” way and the objects it eats will remain in its body, swiveling around as you roll. The soundtrack is appropriate, giving it a cartoony sci-fi tone to help flesh out the universe. Just don’t expect to be coming away from the experience with the tunes in your head for very long. The sound effects are pretty solid and certainly suit this type of game.

Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a great game that PS Vita owners should seriously consider picking up. It has that old-school platforming vibe with some fresh ideas in play. The game really is just a blast to play and perfect for both lengthy and short play sessions. For only $7.99, you’re getting one of the finest games the PS Vita currently offers at the moment. Unless you’re not a fan of 2D platformers, I’d say give up the lunch money for a day and put it toward this downloadable title.

Verdict: BUY IT!

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