Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Review
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a fun, lighthearted platforming experience that is priced just right.
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is Drinkbox Studios sequel to 2011’s Tales From Space: About a Blob. It features many of the same core mechanics of it’s first outing and thankfully expands and refines the ideas into humorous action/puzzle/platforming experience.
The blob you control starts off small. The adventure begins in a college dorm as you move around while frat boys are passed out and generally oblivious to you slowly but surely growing in size by consuming thumbtacks, coins and other items. Controls are simple enough, move with analog or digital stick and jump with X. As the game progresses your move set grows to include a ground smash, rocket propulsion and magnetic attraction and repulsion to navigate levels. The Vitas touch screen are used to manipulate objects in the level; majority of the time it is for puzzle solving and does not interfere with the platforming.
The game has 20 levels across 6 areas. Additionally, there are 5 bonus levels where the camera goes to birds eye view and control via tilting the Vita in “Katamari” type levels. These sections involve you rolling around gaining mass and items to complete them. As the game progresses, so does the scope and size of the titular character. In time you will be Godzilla sized monstrosity wreaking havoc to the masses and taking on the military.
The art style is very simple and humorous. Evoking a 40’s and 50’s cheesy sci-fi monster movie feel, the borders of the screen are made to look like an old television set. The cutscenes in between are equally comedic as the humans talk in gibberish and elevate in their panic as you grow in size. The music also tries to emulate the feel of that era but comes as somewhat repetitive.
The overall adventure should last you about 5 hours; each level contains 2 blob friends to rescue and has a medal system which can help increase your playtime. There are also leaderboards if you feel competitive in getting to the top. Trying to even get close to those scores changes the feel of the game to an almost Super Meat Boy type of frenticism. At 7.99 it is one of the best deals on the Playstation Vita store.