A Boy and His Blob Impressions

We get our first look at the jellybean-loving blob's return to gaming.

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A Boy and His Blob is an interesting game to resurrect from the forgotten ether of yesteryear. The NES original paired a young child with an alien who craved jellybeans, and though it was a strange concept, the charming style and tricky puzzles made for a pretty cool game. It has been 20 years since that game was released, though, so it’s about time this plucky pair was brought to modern consoles. Developer Wayforward Studios gave us a look at the latest game today, and we came away wanting a little more time with the blob.

As a young child, you don’t have many tools in your arsenal. You can jump, but you can’t fight enemies or do anything cool. Luckily, you have befriended a cute little blob who can do all the things you wish you could do yourself. And the way you get him to do your bidding is with jellybeans. You carry a bag with you, and when you feed him a certain flavor, he changes into a helpful tool. Some of these have been carried over from the previous games, such as the ladder, trampoline, and instant hole, while others are brand new, such as the anvil or bouncy ball.

You use these tools to solve puzzles. For instance, in one section, a pile of boxes block your path. Above you is a platform where a bull paces back and forth. You can feed a ladder-producing jellybean to your blob, climb to the top of the platform, and then turn him into a hole. The bull will fall down the hole and charge into the boxes, destroying them. Many of the puzzles have multiple steps, so it will take some thought to move ahead.

In the original game, you had a finite number of beans and had to find new bags to unlock new powers. In this game, your supply is unlimited, and you are given the tools you need to pass each level. You will not be able to choose which powers you can take with you, so if you rely on the ladder to climb to new places, you’ll have to think of a new method when that’s removed from your repertoire.

A Boy and His Blob is shaping up to be really cool. The hard-drawn art style adds a lot of charm, and there is even a button devoted to just hugging your blob. We are definitely keeping our eye on this game when it comes out in October of this year.

Discussion

32 comments
gmax
gmax

But can he turn into a companion cube?

alyxvance2731
alyxvance2731

I actually used to have the NES version of this... I played it just a couple years back, but my pretty much went capoot... it had only worked when I beat it up a bit to start with. I trashed all the stuff, but now, I almost feel like some of those games were so classic, they were worth the trouble.

pakhair
pakhair

NOT INTERESTED............

DMethot
DMethot

Nice. I wrote a top ten games that should have a sequel in my blog and this was one of them.... though I probably dated myself by doing it.

diggyman
diggyman

Surprising that they remade this one! I felt like I was the only person who remembered this game way back in the day. Now let's see a new Blaster Master, Spelunker, and Gyromite. lol

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

I remember this game being the first one that ever made me feel like I really had a companion I 'cared' about, Or even cared in the slightest what happened to him.(Way before the dog in Fable hehe) Nothing revolutionary lol, Just 1 of the many fond memories I have with this title. From the sound of it, they are going to focus on that companion/player aspect even more and maybe people will walk away caring a lil bit more about a support character in a game like the Blob. Kind of the same feeling The Maw gave when playing but better.

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

I never got to play the original but I remember seeing it in magazines and stuff way back when. I would like to try this remake out.

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

OMG, I LOVED that game! One of my favorite games back when I was younger. Never thought it would see the light of day again lol. I like the visual take on it as well. Ahhh the mammories.... :P

MadCat221
MadCat221

"wth is this?" A remake of a classic puzzle platformer game. Something you "mature" gamers wouldn't understand.

ibStratus
ibStratus

I've been waiting for this one for awhile now. I was pissed when they canceled the DS version. It also looked amazing.

prostar343
prostar343

The art design actually looks really cool, and different what we see today.

Houghbot
Houghbot

wait 20 years... holy F$%&.. i feel old

Houghbot
Houghbot

I had the NES game, this looks kewl

spazzx625
spazzx625

Looks awesome. I have a love/hate relationship with the original. I played it again the other day and it's just frustrating having a finite number of beans without really knowing exactly how to use them. Infinite beans plus hand-drawn art style = awesome.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

I like how they managed to write the entire article without mentioning what console this is coming out for. It's coming out for the Wii, by the way. I'm just saying it might be confusing for some people, especially considering that there was a DS incarnation that was planned but canceled a few years ago.

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

Once again, I have this game pegged as a potential surprise hit on the Wii later this year. It's going to have it's challenges, but if the final product ends up as polished and promising as everything I've heard about it, it's going to be a difficult game to ignore. Charming and challenging, this is the kind of game that I love having in my collection and playing even more! Definitely looking forward to its [seemingly] October release. :)

Naruto
Naruto

Seems fun and relaxing.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

Love the artstyle. It's like a picture book in motion.

HuusAsking
HuusAsking

The original had a bit of a quirky execution, but this remake has very attractive art to it (Why do I keep thinking Braid with some of these screens?), and it seems they've gone to work fixing those quirky mechanics. As for seeing it beyond the Wii, last I read Nintendo had a lock on it (but whether or not it's because Nintendo is publishing the game, I don't know yet).

Droymac
Droymac

I never would have thought A Boy and His Blob would come back as a remake, this is going to be really cool.

nooblet69
nooblet69

I loved that game for NES... hopefully they don't mess it up.

OnionTree
OnionTree

Sure, now that it's relevant people give a damn about A Boy and His Blob, so can you stop hating on the NES game. :/

Yukeshime
Yukeshime

i seem to recall a something about a little tom mc shea not knowing what he was doing in this game but playing it for 100 hours

liinn
liinn

... and Blog? Huh?

Fleeman6019
Fleeman6019

the game looks great the screen shots don't do it justice